Harrison Ford worked for over a decade until 1976, primarily as Bob Falfa in George Lucas American graffiti (1973) and Martin Stett in Francis Ford Coppolas The conversation (1974). Unfortunately for Ford, he was still as famous for his carpentry as he was for his filmography, and Lucas was against using the same actor in more than one of his films. Still, there was hope: Lucas instructed Ford to read lines as Han Solo during the audition with potential actors, and Lucas was finally convinced that the Chicago-born actor was the man who played the incorrigible Millennium falcon Captain with the heart of gold. Now let̵
1. The graduate (1967)
Director Mike Nichols rejected the then 25-year-old Ford for The graduateBenjamin Braddock, who was eventually played by Dustin Hoffman. Nichols and Ford eventually worked together Working girl (1988) and Regarding Henry (1991), the latter of which was written by The awakening of power” Writer-director JJ Abrams.
2nd Midnight cowboy (1969)
Ford flew 3000 miles to New York City – on his own – to audition for the role of Midnight cowboyJoe Buck. John Schlesinger went with Jon Voight.
3rd extraterrestrial (1979)
Two years later war of starsFord refused parts. He refused to play Captain Dallas extraterrestrialand let Tom Skerritt handle it.
4th ET the alien (1982)
Ford was cut off ET He played Elliott’s headmaster. His face was not visible because apart from Elliott’s mother, Steven Spielberg tried not to show the faces of the adults.
5. make love (1982)
The then controversial film was about Zach (Michael Ontkean), a doctor who is married to Claire (Kate Jackson) but has a relationship with Bart (Harry Hamlin), a writer. Ford, Michael Douglas and Richard Gere declined to play the male lead roles. make love ended up being a commercial and critical mistake.
6. Conditions of tenderness (1983)
Jack Nicholson won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Garrett Breedlove in Conditions of tenderness. Ford declined this role.
7. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Ford admitted that he was offered the lead role after Sylvester Stallone got out and before it became a comedy with Eddie Murphy. He said he had seen the film and had no regrets of declining it. It helps that he played in witness (1985) instead, which earned him his first (and so far only) Oscar nomination.
8th. Large (1988)
Following Anne Spielberg (Steven’s sister) and Gary Ross’ screenplay, producer / director James L. Brooks waited six months for Ford to play Josh Baskin. But Ford wasn’t happy with the director’s choice. Finally, Tom Hanks starred, directed by Penny Marshall.
9. Die Hard (1988)
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Burt Reynolds, Richard Gere, Don Johnson and Ford declined the role of John McClane before Bruce Willis signed up Die Hard.
10th Who framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)
Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis and Ford had “alleged idle talks” to appear as Eddie Valiant before they tried to contact Bill Murray – and never made it. Bob Hoskins got the role.
11. ghost (1990)
Ford read the script ghost three times and didn’t understand it, so he declined the role of Sam Wheat. Patrick Swayze apparently got it, and the rest was history.
12th The Hunt for Red October (1990)
Director John McTiernan tried to get Ford to play CIA analyst Jack Ryan years before he would do so for the sequel Patriot games (1992) instead of Alec Baldwin.
13. misery (1990)
William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Michael Douglas, Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Richard Dreyfuss, Gene Hackman, Warren Beatty and Ford said no to the novelist Paul Sheldon in the adaptation of Stephen Kings misery. James Caan said yes.
14. Cape Fear (1991)
Martin Scorsese asked Robert De Niro to ask Ford to play lawyer Sam Bowden in the 1962 remake of the thriller Cape Fear. Ford told De Niro that he would only do it if he could play Max Cady and De Niro would play Bowden. De Niro didn’t want that, so Nick Nolte ended up in the role.
fifteen. JFK (1991)
Ford was Oliver Stone’s first choice to play District Attorney Jim Garrison JFK, but he was unavailable on a long vacation. Instead, Kevin Costner played the part.
16. Jurassic Park (1993)
Ford would have Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) can be. Spielberg claimed that he had offered the actor the role in the 30th anniversary screening of Hunter of the lost treasure after Ford said Spielberg hired him only for the Indiana Jones films.
17th outbreak (1995)
The producer Arnold Kopelson asked Ford to play Sam Daniels, but he said no. Dustin Hoffman, who became famous 10 years before Ford after beating him to play Benjamin Braddock The graduatesaid yes.
18th Half baked (1998)
Dave Chappelle asked Ford to make a cameo Half baked. Ford declined without reason.
19th The soldier James Ryan (1998)
Spielberg thought of both Mel Gibson and Ford before playing Tom Hanks as Captain Miller in an Oscar-nominated performance.
20. The thin red line (1998)
Sean Penn called on behalf of director Terrence Malick Ford and asked him to appear next to him in the war episode, Adrien Brody, George Clooney, John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, John C. Reilly and John Travolta.
21. The runaway bride (1999)
Ford, Mel Gibson, Michael Douglas and Ben Affleck were supposed to play Ike Graham during the 10 year development process. Richard Gere got the role as part of one Pretty Woman Reunion with Julia Roberts and director Garry Marshall.
22. The Patriot (2000)
Ford thought the film was too violent. Mel Gibson agreed.
23. The perfect storm (2000)
Air Force One Director Wolfgang Petersen wanted to work with Ford again, but declined the lead role of Captain Billy Tyne. After Mel Gibson wanted too much money, George Clooney got the role.
24th Proof of life (2000)
Ford and Mel Gibson again could have played Terry Thorne in the action film. Instead, director Taylor Hackford told the studio that he preferred Russell Crowe for the role and won the argument.
25th Traffic (2000)
20th Century Fox decided they only wanted the Steven Soderbergh-staged project if Harrison Ford agreed to the star. Ford got interested before he retired, and so did the big studio. The film was eventually produced by USA Films and won four Oscars.
26. The sum of all fears (2002)
Ben Affleck was the third actor to play Jack Ryan when Ford and director Phillip Noyce couldn’t agree on how to fix the script.
27 insomnia (2002)
Ford and director Jonathan Demme were working on an American remake of the Norwegian thriller. Ford was supposed to play policeman Will Dormer, but Christopher Nolan eventually directed and Al Pacino took the lead.
28 Syriana (2005)
Ford had questions about the validity of some geopolitical stories about petroleum products and the oil industry, and it was only later that he found that the parts he believed to be untrue were removed. He said he wished he would take on the role of Rob Barnes after watching the film. George Clooney eventually played Barnes and won a best supporting actor for his work.
29. A history of violence (2005)
Ford declined to play Tom Stall in David Cronenberg’s crime thriller. Viggo Mortensen got the gig.
This story was updated for 2020.