Oh, the Oscars that might have been! Rumor has it that Jeff Daniels rejected the role of Lester in "American Beauty," which earned Kevin Spacey the Oscar as best actor of 1999. Turns out that Daniels was merely considered for the role, never actually pooh-poohed it. Apparently, however, one of these Oscarless stars did do just that. Which one? You can see the answer here.
a.) Ryan O'Neal
b.) Chevy Chase
c.) Burt Reynolds
d.) Bruce Willis
ANSWER: b.) Chevy Chase
Side notes: Terry Gilliam turned down the director's job, which ended up winning an Oscar for Sam Mendes. The role of Ricky Fitts wasn't nominated in the supporting slot, but it's interesting to note that Jake Gyllenhaal auditioned for the role and Jared Leto actively campaigned for it, but it went to Wes Bentley.
Photos; Buena Vista, Miramax, Paramount
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Photo: 20th Century Fox, MGM, Universal, Warner Bros.
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