10 Famous Movie Roles Almost Played By Kurt Russell

03.17.14 4 years ago 13 Comments
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Dimension Films

Few actors working today have had a career spanning as long as Kurt Russell’s. It’s easy to think of him in his most famous roles (Escape From New York, Tombstone, The Thing) as the tough guy who doesn’t take crap from anybody, but he was a successful child actor as well, with his earliest role dating back to the Dennis The Menace TV show in 1962.

With over 50 years of working in the movie business there are bound to be certain parts that got away, whether it be scheduling conflicts, pay disputes or simply an actor who better fit the role. Today is Kurt Russell’s 63rd birthday which means it’s the perfect time to look back at ten roles Kurt Russell was up for, but for whatever reason slipped through his fingers.

1. The Sound Of Music — 1965, Kurt Russell auditioned for the part of a Von Trapp kid, but the role went to Nicholas Hammond instead.


20th Century Fox

2. Star Wars: A New Hope — 1977, the role of Han Solo that would make Harrison Ford a star.


Lucas Film

3. Night Shift — 1982, the part of Bill, played by Michael Keaton.

Night Shift

Warner Brothers

4. Splash — 1984, the role of Allen played by Tom Hanks.


Touchstone Films

5. Rocky IV — 1985, Ivan Drago (lol wut?)

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United Artists

6. Bull Durham — 1988, the role of Crash Davis that went to Kevin Costner.

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Orion Pictures

7. Jurassic Park — 1993, role of Dr. Alan Grant that was played by Sam Neil.


Universal Pictures

8. Batman Forever — 1995, the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman that went to Val Kilmer.

Batman Forever

Warner Brothers

9. The Expendables — 2010, miscellaneous tough guy role.


Lions Gate

10. Django Unchained — 2012, the role of Ace Woody, a character that was later merged with Billy Crash.


Columbia Pictures

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