Han Solo AND James Bond This Actor Turned Down Several Iconic Roles! — Cinema News

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In the 70’s Burt Reynolds was one of the biggest movie stars in the world and was considered the «sexiest man alive». In John Boorman’s famous survival drama » When dying, everyone is the first «, he earned merits as a character actor and with action comedies like » A clever rascal » (was the second most successful film of the year in the USA in 1977 after the first «Star Wars») he made the box office ring.

But the charismatic beau with the distinctive mustache could have been a lot more famous: as Reynolds has openly described in various interviews and in his autobiography, he has missed some golden opportunities.

MGM Burt Reynolds didn’t want to, so original Bond Sean Connery was brought back…

After Australian George Lazenby’s one-time guest appearance in » On Her Majesty ‘s Secret Service», the US distributor of James Bond films was looking for a new 007 in 1970 — preferably a Hollywood star. Burt Reynolds is said to have been the dream cast, but the offer apparently intimidated him a bit at the time. The American rejected her, saying that the role should be played by a Brit again.

Eventually, the original Bond (and Scot) Sean Connery was persuaded to come back with a record fee. But after » Diamonds fever » he didn’t feel like it anymore and so there was a new cast for » Live and let die «. Reynolds was again among the candidates, but the part was now snatched up by the genuine Englishman Roger Moore.

Tiberius movie Burt Reynolds was considered the «Sexiest Man Alive» in the 1970s

In retrospect, Burt Reynolds says he belittled himself by turning down Bond and that he might have been able to master the role. He particularly likes the tongue-in-cheek humor that characterizes the 007 films of the 1970s.

The second legendary character that Burt Reynolds almost played also has a self-ironic touch: When George Lucas was looking for actors for » Star Wars «, he thought of the main actor of » The Battle Machine’, who was rising to become one of the hottest stars in town, and offered him the part of Han Solo. However, Reynolds just didn’t feel like «a role like that». As he himself admitted, back then he made his decisions more based on where the filming was taking place and who was playing the female lead…

So Burt Reynolds’ sense of good roles is far from perfect. Rumor has it that he didn’t want to play John McClane in Die Hard either – Bruce Willis will be grateful to him. The Boogie Nights Oscar-nominated actor is now regretting some of his decisions, but Reynolds still stands behind another cancellation: he was given the role of Richard Gere in Pretty Womanoffered, but he thought it was a “strange idea”. At least THIS assessment we can understand very well…

This is a re-release of an article previously published on FILMSTARTS.


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