'The Graduate' turns 50: Here's to you, Mrs. Robinson

Mike Nichols' The Graduate was released 50 years ago.

Nichols, who died in 2014, recalled in a 2008 Vanity Fair interview, that he told Redford he couldn't have the part because he felt Redford could "never play a loser."

"I said, 'OK, have you ever struck out with a girl?' and [Redford] said, 'What do you mean?'" Nichols said. "And he wasn’t joking."

Earlier this year, Hoffman, now 80, was accused of decades-old inappropriate behavior toward women.

After actress Anna Graham Hunter's allegations surfaced in a Hollywood Reporter piece on Nov. 1, Hoffman issued an apology.

"I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation," his statement read. "I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am."