Payday Loans
Ryan O’Neal


  1. Keir Dullea, Bunny Lake Is Missing, 1965.    Producer-director-ogre Otto Preminger refused the studios demand for O’Neal and Jane Fonda (orAnn-Margret).Andinsisted upon the dullDullea and Carol Lynley.
  2. John Philip Law, The Sergeant, 1968.     Passed on having a hostile homosexual encounter on-screen with Rod Steiger.
  3. Al Pacino, The Godfather, 1971.
  4. Alain Delon, Scorpio, 1972.   Producer Walter Mirish fancied O’Neal and Rod Steiger for the spy thriller. His bombastic UK director Michael Winner insisted on Delon and Burt Lancaster - all three of them were Scorpios.
  5. Robert Redford, The Way We Were. 1973.  But then the Barbra Streisand-O’Neal What’s Up Doc went belly up. So did their affair. And La Barb set her orbs on RR. He told producer Ray Stark: “If you want to even consider me… it has to be Sydney developing it.” “Bob was never ‘work’ in my mind,” said his director pal, Sydney Pollack. “We were co-conbspirators, really, trying to understand Hollywood. I had a hunch Bob and Barbra would be magical together… She had a crush on him.” And RR was worried about her as a serous actress. “She had never been tested. I told Sydney: She will direct herself.”  Or as his agent Steffi Phillips summed up the enterprise, it an escalation of Sydney’s insecurity on top of Redford’s insecurity on top of Barbra’s inexperience.”  Which is why she went back to O’Neal for for The Main Event, 1979. More of a TKO.
  6. Robert De Niro, Taxi Driver, 1975.
  7. Sylvester Stallone, Rocky,  1976.
  8. Christopher Reeve, Superman, 1977.
  9. Jon Voight, The Champ, 1979.     Ryan wanted to co-star his son, Griffin,and repeat "the same gimmick," as Italian director Franco Zeffirelli called it, of Paper Moon, made with daughter Tatum.
  10. Steve Railsback, The Stunt Man, 1980.    O’Neal was booked, Jeff Bridges and Martin Sheen campaigned, but Richard Rush fell for Railsback after his electrifying Charles Manson in Helter Skelter, TV, 1976.  

  11. Sylvester Stallone, First Blood (Rambo), 1981. 
  12. Jack Nicholson Prizzi’s Honour, 1984.     “Do I ice her? Do I marry her?” Conundrum for Charley Partanna, hit-man for the Prizzi Family, when he falls for a fellow contractor: Irene Walker. Given the perversity of Hollywood minds, it is, perhaps, no surprise, that O’Neal and daughter Tatum were in the charts for the gun-toting lovers. Huston (who gave his daughter Angelica the better role of Maerose Prizzi), had five more Irenes and ten other Charleys in mind, so whether he ever actually envisaged the O’Neals together as the deadly duo, or to be couple with someone else, has never been explained and confirmed. Nor denied.
  13. Robert Redford, Out of Africa, 1985.     Among the many who had tried to weave Karen Blixen’s novel into a movie was Brit director Nicolas Roeg - aiming at Ryan and Julie Christe.
  14. Robert De Niro, Midnight Run, 1987.   There were 23 possibilites for the lean, mean skip-tracer (tracing felons who skipped bail) - on the run from the  FBI and the Mob after capturing Vegas embezzler Charles Grodin.  Who knew De Niro could be more subtle at comedy than… O’Neal (!), Jeff Bridges, Charles Bronson, Michael Douglas, Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Richard Gere, Mel Gibson, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Don Johnson, Tommy Lee Jones, Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Burt Reynolds, Mickey Rourke, Kurt Russell, John Travolta, Jon Voight and even the musclebound Arnie and Sly - Schwarzenegger and Stallone. Director Martin Brest, that’s who.
  15. Kevin Costner, The Bodyguard, 1992.    “It took two years for my agent to sell the script,” said scenarist Lawence Kasdan, “and67 people passed on it, many of whom are still big names in the business. [Kasdan has this list of names framed in his office hall]. I wrote it for  McQueen. John Calley wasn't able to get McQueen, but then John Boorman  got involved, which was great fun. He's a hero of mine. I went to Ireland. We did a treatment for a new movie. He completely changed it, but I still loved him. It was going to be with Ryan O'Neal and Diana Ross, but that never happened, either. Costner had read it while we were doing Silverado, before he was a star, and said: “I really want to make this movie.” Six years later, we both produced it.”



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