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9 Stars Who Turned Down Memorable Roles

Al Pacino

Al Pacino rose to fame playing Michael Corleone in The Godfather movies and has since starred in many great movies, including Scarface (1983), Donnie Brasco (1997), and Scent of a Woman (1992), for which he won an Oscar. But can you imagine Big Al as Han Solo in Star Wars (1977), the role that started the career of Harrison Ford? Pacino also turned down the lead role in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), which, instead, went to Richard Dreyfuss. But the actor Pacino has had the most close encounters with is Dustin Hoffman. Pacino turned down starring roles in Midnight Cowboy (1969), Marathon Man (1976), and Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), all of which went to Hoffman.