Al Pacino

The movie: "Star Wars"

The role: Han Solo, a sarcastic yet compassionate hero who helps for the common good.

The final pick: Harrison Ford. Al Pacino dismissed the role, saying: "It was mine for the taking but I didn't understand the script." Pacino turned down the "Star Wars" series and later starred in the Godfather trilogy, but found it to be "a long, awful, tiring story."

Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times; Industrial Light & Magic
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