Very Rare No Folds Original Australian Daybill movie poster.Flashdance is a 1983 American romantic drama film directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Jennifer Beals. It was a surprise box office success, becoming the third highest-grossing film of 1983 in the United States. The role of Nick Hurley was originally offered to KISS lead man Gene Simmons, who turned it down because it would conflict with his "demon" image. Pierce Brosnan, Robert De Niro, Richard Gere, Mel Gibson, Tom Hanks, and John Travolta were also considered for the part. Kevin Costner, a struggling actor at the time, came very close for the role of Nick Hurley, that went to Michael Nouri. Demi Moore also auditioned but failed for the lead female role.