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9 Roles That Robin Williams Almost Played

Source: Yahoo! Movies

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    Batman

    Williams was actually Tim Burton's first choice to play The Riddler. When Tim Burton left the project, replacement Joel Schumacher preferred Jim Carrey for the role.
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    Midnight Run

    Paramount wanted Williams for Grodin's role and Williams auditioned for the part with director Martin Brest. The studio said they'd pull funding if they didn't hire williams but Brest stuck to his guns and kept Grodin rather than Williams.
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    Milk

    The movie was in the development phase for so long that Williams missed his opportunity.
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    Cop Out

    The movie, originally called 'A Couple of Dicks' was picked up by a different production company which renamed the movie. Williams was let go and he decided to sue the production company over it- and lost.
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    The Brother's Grimm

    Williams was cast as one of the villains but dropped out before filming began.
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    Harry Potter

    Williams was the film studio's original choice but the author wanted an all british cast.
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    Philadelphia

    Because of the subject matter of the movie, filmmakers wanted a comedian in order for the audience to get into the movie better but the role ended up going to Tom Hanks.
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    The Shining

    It's hard to believe anyone but Jack Nicholson playing the role of the crazed writer in The Shining but Williams was one of the actors being considered for the role.
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    Howard The Duck

    Robin Williams was first choice for the voice of Howard The Duck, however the filmmakers decided the vocals had to match the duck puppet's jerky beak movements so a more straightforward actor was hired rather than an improvisational comedian, Williams.
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