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 Who was considered for The French Connection?

Peter Boyle
Boyle was approached by director William Friedkin to play Popeye Doyle but Boyle turned him down.
Actor who got the part: Gene Hackman

James Caan
Caan was offered the role of Detective Doyle.
Actor who got the part: Gene Hackman

Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen was offered the role of Detective Doyle.
Actor who got the part: Gene Hackman

Robert Mitchum
Robert Mitchum was offered the role of "Popeye" Doyle, but declined.
Actor who got the part: Gene Hackman

Rod Taylor
Eddie Egan, the real-life "Popeye Doyle," wanted Taylor for the role, but director William Friedkin eventually went with Gene Hackman.
Actor who got the part: Gene Hackman



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