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Different Players?

The following are casting decisions that did not come to pass.  In some scenarios it is ‘Just as well!!’.  In others?  Who knows. 
From 1961 – 2005, here are some ‘what ifs’ in classic movie casting.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s  (1961)

Truman Capote, who wrote the novella on which the film is loosely based, thought Audrey Hepburn was wrong for the part of Holly Golightly—and he had a point.  After all, the character he created is a blonde from the sticks who reinvents herself as a New York party girl.  Her real name: Lulamae Barnes.  Capote said the role should go to the former Norma Jeane Mortenson, better known as Marilyn Monroe.

Lawrence of Arabia  (1962)

Peter O’Toole was better known as a stage actor before he played T.E. Lawrence in David Lean’s epic masterpiece.  He got the part after Marlon Brando—producer Sam Spiegel’s first choice—and Albert Finney both turned it down.  Other contenders included Anthony Perkins, Montgomery Clift (who lobbied hard on his own behalf) and Richard Burton.

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Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Producer Warren Beatty considered casting his sister (Shirley Maclaine) and Bob Dylan in the title roles.  Then, after deciding to play Clyde Barrow himself, he begged his ex Natalie Wood to co-star as Bonnie Parker.  Many big stars had their hats in the ring—among them Jane Fonda, Cher and Tuesday Weld—but Wood declined for personal reasons and the part went to Faye Dunaway, a virtual unknown.

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Chinatown (1974)

Riding high after “The Godfather,” Robert Evans planned to make his wife, Ali MacGraw, the leading lady in “Chinatown”— that is, until she dumped him for Steve McQueen.  Evans’ second choice was Jane Fonda, but Roman Polanski had other ideas, so they settled on Faye Dunaway.  Although she and the director battled nonstop, Polanski considered Dunaway’s “special brand of ‘retro’ beauty” perfect for the role.

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