With two Westerns under his belt, producers approached Richard Harrison to do a third. But they admitted the script wasn’t very good, according to an interview Harrison did with Wild East Productions. Not wanting to be typecast as a Western actor, Harrison declined. When presented three names of other American actors who might be good for the role, he recommended Clint Eastwood, mostly because he knew Clint could ride a horse. The movie was “Fistful of Dollars,” directed by Sergio Leone. This is one of the few believable stories of American actors being offered the role but turning it down. Others include Cameron Mitchell, Stuart Whitman, Henry Fonda, James Coburn, Charles Bronson, Eric Fleming, Cliff Robertson, Ty Hardin.
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