- Brad Pitt, Thelma & Louise, 1990.
- Keanu Reeves, Dracula, 1992. “Since Backdraft, I turned down about 25 films - 90% being bad material. I even had to refuse Coppola. Who could see me in the role of Lucy's boyfriend? What could I do with it? Make a bundle! But that's not what it's all about.” Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen and Christian Slater were also up for mild-mannered Jonahan Harker. Slater famously fled, opining: “If you’re not going to play Dracula in Dracula, why bother? I'd already been Robin Hood's brother.”
- Roger E Mosley, Unlawful Entry, 1992. “Not only has this movie been done - but I've done it! Ray Liotta is the crazy cop Richard Gere character in Internal Affairs and my cop has a very similar relationship as I had with Gere in that film. The only way I'd do it - and I'd be very cautious and reluctant - is to play Liotta's role. Obviously, they're not going to jolt Ray Liotta for me.”
- Christian Slater, Untamed Heart, 1993. Madonna wanted to make it with Jason Patric (no comment), and fled when Baldwin was pencilled in. Not for long.
- Tom Hanks, Philadelphia, 1993. Jonathan Demme's Oscared film about a lawyer suing for loss of job because of AIDS.
- Chris O'Donnell, The Three Musketeers, 1993. Chased for D'Artagnan by the Tri-Star version eventually buried by Disney's faster casting.
- Woody Harrelson, Indecent Proposal, 1993. No suspense. Due to his screen image, everyone knew Billy would have little hesitation in selling his wife for a night to Robert Redford's zillionaire for a $1m!
- Ralph Fiennes, Quiz Show, 1993. “They gave me the answers...” Billy tested but director Robert Redford (no lesss) went British. Richard Dreyfuss and Tim Robbins had also been due for “America’s loss of innocence” - due to the fixing of TV quiz games in the 50s. “Why fix them? Why not just make the questions easier? The audience doesn't want to see the contestants - they want to see the money.”
- Keanu Reeves, Speed, 1993. Two Baldwin brothers (Billy and Stephen), Jeff Bridges (due opposite a funny Ellen DeGeneres), George Clooney, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Tom Hanks, Michael Keaton even the older Arnold Schwarzenegger – and, of course, Bruce Willis. Well, this was Die Hard On A Bus.
- Brad Pitt, Interview With A Vampire, 1994. .
Keanu Reeves, Speed, 1994. Both brothers, Billy and Stephen avoided Die Hard On A Bus… with a bomb on it!
- Richard Gere, First Knight, 1995. Jerry Zucker’s first Lancelot beforescript hassles postponed the song-less Camelot for a year.
- Patrick Swayze, To Wong Fu Thanks For Everything Julie Newmar, 1995. Billy in a frock - oh, please!
- Emilio Estevez, Rated X, TV, 1999. When Sean Penn’s version of the life of the porno-making Mitchell brothers collapsed - starring Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson - the Baldwin boys Alex and William, tried to get it rolling anew.
- Jared Leto, The Thin Red Line, 1998. After various readings inMarch 1995 of director Terrence Malik’s first script for 17 years (with Kevin Costner, Johnny Depp, Martin Sheen, Will Patton, etc) at producer Mike Medavoy’s house, the two film-makers saw other youngsters.Including Baldwin.
- Dominic Colenso, Thunderbirds, 2004. The (once puppet) heroes of the 1965-1966 UK sf series, were named after the Mercury 7 astronauts. William was to be Virgil Tracy, the Thunderbird 2 pilot, born 2041, named for Virgil Gus Grissom. With brothers Alec, Daniel, Stephen as Scott, John, Gordon. And no one as Alan Tracy!