The Tuesday List: Roles that Al Pacino Turned Down or Was Considered or Auditioned For But Never Got

Posted: June 4, 2013 in Movies

Born on The Fourth of July

 

Pacino was cast in this film before Oliver Stone directed “Platoon” The movie was set to go with another director (with Stone writing the screenplay) when financing fell through.

 

Actor who got the part: Tom Cruise

 

Brother Sun, Sister Moon

 

Pacino tested but was rejected by the director (Franco Zeffirelli), who disliked his acting style.

 

Actor who got the part: Graham Faulkner

 

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

 

Al Pacino turned down lead for the role Roy Neary.

 

Actor who got the part: Richard Dreyfuss

 

Coming Home

 

Al Pacino was considered to play Luke Martin.

 

Actor who got the part: Jon Voight

 

Crimson Tide

 

Al Pacino turned down the lead role.

 

Actor who got the part: Gene Hackman

 

Days of Heaven

 

Al Pacino turned down the lead role.

 

Actor who got the part: Richard Gere

 

Elegy

 

Pacino pulled out of the film project based on Philip Roth’s novel about the romance between an older professor and his beautiful young student. Years later, the project was revived with a different director and actors.

 

Actor who got the part: Ben Kingsley

 

Family Plot

 

Alfred Hitchcock considered Pacino to play the cab driver who stumbles on a complicated kidnap and thievery plot.

 

Actor who got the part: Bruce Dern

 

First Blood

 

Al Pacino was considered to play Rambo.

 

Flashdance

 

Turned down the part of Nick Hurley, because it would compromise with his “gangster” image.

 

Actor who got the part: Michael Nouri

 

Funny Lady

 

Al Pacino was considered for the part of Billy Rose opposite Streisand.

 

Actor who got the part: James Caan

 

Get Shorty

 

Al Pacino was considered to play Chili Palmer.

 

Actor who got the part: John Travolta

 

Johnny Handsome

 

Pacino was originally attached to play the title character and worked on developing the script, but ultimately passed on the role.

 

Actor who got the part: Mickey Rourke

 

The King of Marvin Gardens

 

Pacino was offered the role of David by director Bob Rafelson. He declined because he was contemplating starring in The Godfather.

 

Actor who got the part: Jack Nicholson

 

Kramer vs. Kramer

 

Al Pacino turned down the role of Ted Kramer.

 

Actor who got the part: Dustin Hoffman

 

Lenny

 

Pacino was considered for the role of Lenny Bruce.

 

Actor who got the part: Dustin Hoffman

 

Love Me or Leave Me

 

The actor was often mentioned as the likely co-star with Winona Ryder in a remake of the 1955 musical biography of torch singer Ruth Etting’s relationship with a gangster.

 

Actor who got the part: Project Abandoned

 

Marathon Man

 

John Schlesinger wanted Al Pacino and Julie Christie to co-star in this production. Robert Evans insisted that Dustin Hoffman be cast.

 

Actor who got the part: Dustin Hoffman

 

Midnight Cowboy

 

Pacino was scheduled to make an appearance as a Vietnam vet but couldn’t fit it in his schedule.

 

Misery

 

Al Pacino turned down the lead role.

 

Actor who got the part: James Caan

 

The Pope of Greenwich Village

 

In an interview with Leonard Maltin on ET while promoting ‘Heat’ back in 1995, Pacino & DeNiro said they were offered the lead roles in TPOGV, but it didn’t work out for some reason.

 

Actor who got the part: Eric Roberts & Mickey Rourke

 

Pretty Woman

 

Al Pacino was offered the lead role of Edward.

 

Actor who got the part: Richard Gere

 

RKO 281

 

Al Pacino was considered to replace Dustin Hoffman in the role of Herman J. Mankiewicz. The film was eventually scaled down to a TV movie.

 

Actor who got the part: John Malkovich

 

Runaway Bride

 

Al Pacino turned down the lead role and opted to do “Any Given Sunday”.

 

Actor who got the part: Richard Gere

 

Slap Shot

 

Lost out on the lead role of the coach-player because he thought director George Roy Hill “facetious” when he asked if he could ice skate.

 

Actor who got the part: Paul Newman

 

Snake Eyes

 

Was originally cast to play the role of Commander Kevin Dunne.

 

Actor who got the part: Gary Sinise

 

Star Wars

 

Supposedly turned down the role of Han Solo in Star Wars.

 

Actor who got the part: Harrison Ford

 

Taxi Driver

 

Al Pacino turned down the role of Travis Bickle.

 

Actor who got the part: Robert DeNiro

 

Traffic

 

Pacino turned down the role of Judge Wakefield.

 

Actor who got the part: Michael Douglas

 

The Usual Suspects

 

He turned down the role of Dave Kujan because he was already playing a cop in another movie around that time.

 

Actor who got the part: Chazz Palminteri

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