While watching Highlander with my son last night (his first time watching the classic), I found myself wondering if any other actors were considered/desired for the title role before it was given to Christopher Lambert.

Since, arguably, much of the appeal of Connor MacLeod and the success of the movie itself stems from Lambert's portrayal, I'm wondering what might have changed with a different lead actor.

For example, it's well known that Tom Selleck passed on the role of Indiana Jones, and it's kind of fun to speculate what those movies would have been like with him at the helm, instead of Harrison Ford.

  • Kudos on watching Highlander with your son. In the intervening years, have you inflicted the sequels on him?
    – Valorum
    Commented Oct 23, 2016 at 22:13
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    Wouldn't it be cool if they had made sequels. ;-)
    – Bevan
    Commented Oct 29, 2016 at 23:02
  • Not related, but most of the main actors in Mortal Kombat (also starring Christophe Lambert, so it is kinda related to the question :p) were second choices, because the main choices either declined the roles, or got injured. For example, Christophe Lambert got Raiden's part because Sean Connery declined.
    – Taladris
    Commented Jan 2, 2019 at 6:16

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Wikia - Connor MacLeod - Behind the scenes

The role of Connor MacLeod was originally offered to Mickey Rourke, but he turned down the role.

Marc Singer was offered the role of Connor, but he turned it down due to scheduling conflicts. Singers later guest starred in the series as Caleb Cole in the season one episode "Mountain Men".

Confirmed in: "100 Actors Who’ve Turned Down Big Movie Roles"

  • Thanks! My google-fu clearly needs some work, though.
    – Bevan
    Commented Nov 26, 2011 at 2:28

Kurt Russell, Kevin Costner, Hulk Hogan, Michael Douglas, Peter Weller, Ed Harris, William Hurt and Mel Gibson were considered to play Connor Macleod.

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    – Rand al'Thor
    Commented May 5, 2016 at 17:56

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