10 Famous Roles Almost Played by Bill Murray Films
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10 Famous Roles Almost Played by Bill Murray

Bill Murray is an interesting case study – He's enjoyed an incredibly successful film career that's spanned over three decades, and yet like so many comedic film actors of his generation (such as Steve Martin and Dan Akyroyd), he would never be considered to be your traditional "leading man" type. He's not classically good-looking (unless you're into that Edward James Olmos "I could eat soup out of your pockmarks" kind of thing) and more often than not, his onscreen persona is defined by dark sarcasm and misanthropy.

But nonetheless, there is definitely something charismatic about Bill Murray, and he brings something unique to all the roles he plays. I couldn't picture anyone nailing Peter Venkman from Ghostbusters or Phil Connors from Groundhog Day quite the way Murray did – with such snarky bravado and charming dislike for humanity.

What are roles Bill Murray turned down?

That being said, Bill Murray is not right for every role that is out there. He's a very picky actor and has turned down a slew of projects over the years. Here's a list of films that Murray almost starred in, but either passed on or was passed over for....

[And if you like this list, check out this guide to The Greatest True Bill Murray Stories.]
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    Role: Han Solo

    No joke! Long before Bill Murray's famous Star Wars lounge act on "Saturday Night Live," George Lucas was originally considering him for the role of Han Solo in 1977's Episode IV: A New Hope. Wow. This would have been a completely different movie! I can kind of see Murray's cockiness working for the role, but no... no, nevermind, I really can't picture this no matter how hard I try. I will say though that the famous Cantina scene where Han shoots Greedo would have been amazing with Murray in the driver's seat... imagine Murray calling his name a la "Ned Ryerson?" from Groundhog Day before blowing him away. There would have been absolutely no question as to who shot first!

    Okay, you know what? I've changed my mind... Bill Murray as Han Solo would have been an awesome casting choice.

    Who got the part:

    Harrison Ford (who was a carpenter for Lucas at the time he was discovered). Other actors in consideration for the role were Kurt Russell, Al Pacino, Nick Nolte and yes... Christopher Walken.

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