Sydney Pollack

  1. Burt Reynolds, Boogie Nights, 1997.   Pollack, Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel and Bill Murray were offered the porno film-maker Jack Horner in director Paul Thomas Anderson’s exploration of the 70s porno biz as a family unit  (Burt Reynolds’ film-maker and Julianne Moore’s porno star being “the parents”),Also seen: Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson, who had been supporters of hardcore star Harry Reems during his 1977 legal hassles. Pollack regretted refusing the role. and Reynols regretted accepting it. He rowed with PTA, won the best reviews of his career, a Golden Globe and his one and only Oscar nomination.  Yet he still still fled PTA’s Magnolia, 1999.
  2. Elliott Gould, Ocean’s Eleven, 2001.    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.


 Birth year: 1934 Death year: 2008 Other name:  Usual occupation: Film director Casting Calls:  2