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Some movies Dustin Hoffman DIDN’T Star In

200pxhero1992posterThere are no truly bad Dustin Hoffman movies. Even the infamous Ishtar isn’t quite as bad as its legend. Sure it drags on, but at least for awhile you gotta laugh at the woefully untalented song and dance team played by Hoffman and Warren Beatty.

Hoffman is in good form in 1992’s Hero, airing at 8 am Friday Oct. 12 on AMC, as a low life with at least a touch of Midnight Cowboy’s Ratso Rizzo in him. It’s one of the 47 films (not counting voice work and cameos) he’s appeared in since his debut in 1967, including the new Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium which opens on Nov. 16.

That’s a pretty good pace, but there could have been more. These are some of the other films that almost starred Dustin Hoffman, but didn’t (you’ll be surprised by some):

—He was considered for the role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972).

—His friend Mel Brooks cast him as Franz Liebkind in the original version of The Producers (1968). Hoffman got out of it so he could star opposite Brooks’ wife, Anne Bancroft, in The Graduate.

—Hoffman was interested in playing Shylock in the 2004 adaptation of The Merchant of Venice, but by the time he contacted director Michael Radford Al Pacino had already been cast.

—Warner Brothers wanted him to play The Penguin in Batman Returns (1992).

—He was interested in starring in Ghandi (1982).

—Hoffman was in talks to appear in The Verdict (1982), in the role that earned Paul Newman an Oscar nomination.

—He was in early consideration to play Deckard in Blade Runner (1982).

—It’s probably inevitable that the producers of Rumor Has It… (2005) thought of having him play an older version of The Graduate’s Benjamin.

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