1. - Burt Reynolds, Boogie Nights, 1997. Both Pollack and Warren Beatty refused auteur Paul Thomas Anderson’s offer to be porno director Jack Horner. “I’m sorry I didn’t do it,” Pollack admitted after attending the premiere.
2. - Elliott Gould, Ocean's Eleven, 2001. Pollack, the director of Out of Africa, etc), had to pass on another acting gig when Dennis Franz could not be Danny Ocean's money man, Reuben Tishkoff.