- Jurgen Prochnow, Das Boot/The Boat, Germany, 1981. Which director to work for - Wolfgang Petersen or Ridley Scott? Hauer voted Blade Runner, different cuts of which were still being releasedas late as 2007.
- John Hurt, The Osterman Weekend, 1982. Tired of villains, Hauer persuaded director Sam Peckinpah to let him swop with Hurt andbecome a hero
- Ken Hutchinson, Ladyhawke, 1985. "Stupidly, I always saw him as aheavy," director Richard Donner told me in London. "That's the way he'd been cast.He refused the roleandsaid:Givemeashot at Navarre." He did, after his first choice, Kurt Russell, quit.
- Jonathan Pryce, Something Wicked This Way Comes, 1983. If Hauer is the Dutch Paul Newman, then Gérard Depardieu was the French Hauer - compare Turkish Delight and Les valseuses
- Michael Gothard, Lifeforce, 1984. Probably unknown to them, 34 actors were suggested for Dr Bukovsky. Hauer, John Abineri, Patrick Allen, Bernard Archard, Anthony Bate, Ralph Bates, Hywel Bennett, John Bennett, Brian Blessed, Michael Byrne, Anton Diffring, Denholm Elliott, Paul Freeman, Julian Glover, Bernard Hepton, Derek Jacobi, Martin Jarvis, Freddie Jones, Wolf Kahler, Jeremy Kemp, Michael Kitchen, James Laurenson, John McEnery, Lee Montague, George Sewell, Michael Sheard, Vladek Sheybal, Cifford Rose, Leonard Rossiter, Robert Stephens, Oliver Tobias, David Warner, Simon Ward, Timothy West. And all the time, US director Tobe Hooper knew it didn’t matter a damn who played what guy as all eyes would be on Mathilda May - fully naked for almost the entire 116 minutes. (A rare accomplishment, swiftly copied the following year by another Parisienne, Patricia Barzyk - Miss France 1980 - in Jean-Pierre Mocky’s La machine à découdre). US web critic Stephanie Scaife buried it as “completely batshit insane.”
- Peter Weller, RoboCop, 1987. Surprise, surprise, Hauer was Dutch director Paul Verhoeven's first choice to play the cyborg cop with too many human memories from the fatallywounded Officer Alex J. Murphy.
- Craig Sheffer, Nightbreed, 1990. Both Hauer and Christophe(r) Lambert were seen for Booneby the writer of the novel, Clive Barker- who scripted-directed.
- Terence Stamp, Beltenebros (UK: Prince of Shadows), Span, 1991. When the Dutchman withdrew, his intended co-star Patsy Kensit suggested Stamp. She had met him socially, admired him on and off-screen. “As well as loving his looks.” Director Pilar Miró loved the idea. For Kensit fans this is where she re-did the Rita Hayworth-Gilda striptease (for real !). And for Patsy, it’s where - at the Palace Hotel in Madrid - t she met her second husband, Jim Kerr, of the Simple Minds band.
- Kevin Costner, The Bodyguard, 1992. Larry Kasdan’s 1975 idea of Steve McQueen guarding Diana Ross was adapted for Hauer and Whoopi Goldberg. No one let it fly.
- Tom Cruise, Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, 1994.
- Paul McGann, Doctor Who(The Movie), TV, 1996.
- Eric Roberts, Doctor Who (The Movie), TV, 1996. Hollywood goes Who. Why? For the pilot of a USeries to exhume the BBC science-fiction cult, buried since it ran out of puff after 26 seasons in 1989. As if to prove this was big deal LA in action (!), some 63 actors were listed for Doc8 and a further 71(well, some were on both lists, Hauer included) for his foe, The Master. Such as… James Bond, Caligula, Dracula, Gandhi, Freddy Krueger, Magnum, Jean-Luc Picard, Han Solo, Spock and - hey, they’re doctors! - Emmett Brown and Frank-N-Furter. Aka… Timothy Dalton, Malcolm McDowell, Christopher Lee, Ben Kingsley, Robert Englund, Tom Selleck, Patrick Stewart, Harrison Ford, Leonard Nimoy, Christopher Lloyd. Tim Curry. And Blade Runner's Roy Batty...
- Victor Löw, Floris, Holland, 2004. Having played the Robin Hood/Ivanhoe-ish hero in the first 1968 TV series, Hauer was asked to play the father of the new Floris van Rozemond - refusing the family business (knights) in favour of acting. Hauer passed. Which gave director Jean van der Velde a bright idea. Hauer would be the grandfather - and seen only in 1968 clips.
- Derek de Lint, Zwartboek/Black Book, Netherlands-Germany-Belgium, 2006. “Good guy or bad guy, hero or anti hero, - doesn’t matter to me, what role I play,” said Hauer. “Only hat the character should have something magical.”
- Matthew Goode, Watchmen, 2008. Producer Joel Silver’s ideas - Hauer for Ozymandias, Arnold Schwarzengger or Dolph Lundgrenas the all blueDr Manhattan - didn’t delight director Terry Gilliam. Not at all.In 1989-90, he considered the only answer was a five-hour mini-series. Next to bat? Michael Bay, Paul Greengrass, Darren Afronofsky and ultimately, Zack Snyder.