A Newman-Redford Pairing We Did Not NeedSteve Sailer honors Paul Newman by telling a story about of what is one of his favourite movies, and certainly one of mine (I must see it again soon), "The Man who would be King" and about a role Paul Newman did not take.
In the 1970s, the project got relaunched, with Paul Newman and Robert Redford attached. (I'm guessing with Redford as Danny and Newman as Peachy ...).
From director John Huston's autobiography "An Open Book:"
" ... Paul, speaking not as an actor but as someone interested in the improvement of the breed, cast it right there: "For Christ's sake, John, get Connery and Caine!"
Another fine act of charity from Newman, as I cannot believe the tone of the existing film could have survived the buddy-film casting of Newman and Redford in the 1970s.