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Actor's who turned down famous roles:

Will Smith turned down Neo in Matrix to make Wild Wild West. Molly Ringwald turned down Pretty Woman and her career nose dived and lunched Julia Roberts career. John Travolta turned down Forrest Gump Bette Middler turn down Sister Act Matthew Broderick turned down Walter White from Breaking Bad Pamela Anderson turned down agent Scully in X-files Harrison Ford turned down Oskar Schindler in Schindlers List Chevy Chase turned down the Kevin Bacon role in American Beauty Michelle Pfeiffer turned down Jodie Foster role in Silence of the Lambs Tom Selleck turned down Indian Jones Matt Damon turned down Batman so it seems Christian Bale was only third choice at best. Emily Blunt turned down Black Widow The Avengers and Marvel superhero movies Kevin Costner turned down the Shawshank Redemption

by Anonymousreply 11301/16/2021

Actor’s? Oh, dear

by Anonymousreply 101/07/2021

[quote]Matt Damon turned down Batman so it seems Christian Bale was only third choice at best

Nolan wanted Damon for Two-Face not Batman. Aaron Eckhart played the role.

by Anonymousreply 201/07/2021

Half of 90s' Hollywood owed their careers to Michelle Pfeiffer's judgment.

by Anonymousreply 301/07/2021

Doris Day turned down The Graduate — my favorite bit of film coulda-beens.

by Anonymousreply 401/07/2021

Kate Jackson had to turn down Joanna in Kramer vs,. Kramer, but even if she had taken the part instead of Streep would she have won an Oscar? Doubtful.

by Anonymousreply 501/07/2021

Nobody but Cranston should ever have been considered for Walter White.

by Anonymousreply 601/07/2021

OP, why the apostrophe?

by Anonymousreply 701/07/2021

Pretty Woman only works because of Roberts. Like her or not. It would have been a total bomb with Rimgwald.

by Anonymousreply 801/07/2021

Connery's other famous rejected roles included playing John Hammond in Jurassic Park, The Architect in The Matrix (again, he reportedly didn't understand the script), and Sybock in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.

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by Anonymousreply 901/07/2021

OP, try hitting the "return" key a couple times after each intended line in order to make your text readable. It's a fine selection (copied and pasted?) but PLEASE learn how to type in the DL.

by Anonymousreply 1001/07/2021

I think Harrison Ford turned down Making Love.

by Anonymousreply 1101/07/2021

[quote]Pretty Woman only works because of Roberts. Like her or not. It would have been a total bomb with Rimgwald.

I never thought that film worked at all, big BO or not. Embarrassing for all concerned.

by Anonymousreply 1201/07/2021

From the Darling thread, Topsy Jane lost the role of Liz in Billy liar to Julie Christie. She allegedly had a nervous breakdown. She’d previously also dropped out of Schlesinger’s kitchen sink drama A Kind of Loving. Billy Liar helped to launch Julie Christie’S career and began a fruitful collaboration with John Schlesinger who also used her in Darling (she won an Oscar) as well as Far from the Madding Crowd.

by Anonymousreply 1301/07/2021

Topsy Jane btw pictures in a scene from Billy Liar before she was replaced.

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by Anonymousreply 1401/07/2021

Sarah Miles said she was not able to accept the part in The Go-Between. The part also went to Julie Christie.

by Anonymousreply 1501/07/2021

Far from the Madding Crowd is even more boring than the novel it's based on. If possible.

by Anonymousreply 1601/07/2021

There are numerous threads on this subject matter.

In truth most roles have been turned down by more than one actor. Maybe a more interesting thread would be actors that were the first choice of the studio/director and actually accepted the role. There would be a lot less to list.

by Anonymousreply 1701/07/2021

Emily Lloyd was replaced in both Mermaids (Winona Ryder), and Husbands and Wives (Juliette Lewis). She sued for the Mermaids loss, claiming it forced her to miss out on the role in Pretty Woman (Julia Roberts). She turned down Scandal (Bridget Fonda). She also claims in her autobiography that she lost out to Sadie Frost in Dracula,

by Anonymousreply 1801/07/2021

Sometimes name actors don’t turn down roles so much as they turn down proposed salaries.

by Anonymousreply 1901/07/2021

Wow, that's a string of amazing roles R18. Would make an interesting story. If you're more unstable than Winona Ryder and Juliette Lewis...

by Anonymousreply 2001/07/2021

Babs passed on They Shoot Horses, Don't They? and Klute paving the way for Jane Fonda who passed on Bonnie and Clyde, The Exorcist and Chinatown. Natalie Wood priced herself out of Diary of a Mad Housewife and Rip Torn and Dennis Hopper did not get along and Jack Nicholson got Torn's part in Easy Rider.

by Anonymousreply 2101/07/2021

Babs also passed on Cabaret but I think that was before Fosse was brought in as director. I doubt Fosse would have considered her.

by Anonymousreply 2201/07/2021

"I think Harrison Ford turned down Making Love."

Wow. That's too bad. The thought of Harrison and either Michael Ontkean or Harry Hamilin makes mama's mussy moist!

by Anonymousreply 2301/07/2021

Montgomery Clift was originally offered or cast in William Holden's part in Sunset Boulevard. I forget the details of how he came to drop out and Holden was cast.

by Anonymousreply 2401/07/2021

In one of the Theatre Gossip threads, someone posted that Rosalind Russell was originally offered the part of Mame in Jerry Herman's musical version of Auntie Mame. "I don't eat yesterday's stew" she was alleged to have replied. There were a lot of posts denying it until someone posted the cover of a Life magazine issue with a story about how Angela got the role after Russell and others had turned down the part that included the exchange.

by Anonymousreply 2501/07/2021

Meryl Streep turned down...

...wait. I guess nothing, ever.

by Anonymousreply 2601/07/2021

Molly Ringwald has hardly had no career since then. I think she made a decision about how she wanted to proceed and she has been more about on stage and singing since then. and not unsuccessful. she turned down something that wasn't really in her interest. i applaud her...she's a pretty great stage actress and songstress.

by Anonymousreply 2701/07/2021

Wasn't Ringwald a well reviewed replacement in that late 90s Broadway revival of Cabaret? Or am I thinking of someone else?

by Anonymousreply 2801/07/2021

Selleck didn't turn down Indiana Jones; he very much wanted to do it but CBS/the producers of Magnum P.I. wouldn't give him time off to film.

by Anonymousreply 2901/07/2021

Clift decided to bow out of Sunset Blvd because he felt it mirrored his relationship with his mentor Libby Holman.

Tom Selleck did not turn down Raiders. He couldn't do it because Magnum PI got picked up to series.

I doubt Harrison Ford ever was in serious talks for Making Love.

And Molly Ringwald has had a shit career post-John Hughes.

by Anonymousreply 3001/07/2021

R29 is absolutely correct.

by Anonymousreply 3101/07/2021

Well, he's not absolutely correct. Magnum was not already running as a series, so it wasn't a matter of giving Selleck time off. The show was just starting to film its first season. There was no "giving him time off." They were shooting the first episodes of the series.

by Anonymousreply 3201/07/2021

I can't imagine Molly Ringwald in the Pretty Woman role. I still don't see how she became so popular post-Facts of LIfe

by Anonymousreply 3301/07/2021

Well, Lucas and Spielberg wanted Selleck so badly they offered a small fortune to Magnum PI's producers to hold of for a couple of weeks to start production. They wouldn't have it.

The sad thing is that Indiana Jones came in under budget and under time and that even if Selleck had been cast, he would have been available by the time Magnun PI started shooting.

by Anonymousreply 3401/07/2021

Wasn't Ringwald sought before Garry Marshall came in and they totally revamped Pretty Woman into a feelgood comedy? I can't remember. I have read the script for $3000 and it's not as dark and gritty as legend would have it. There was definitely some romantic comedy element underneath. It's nowhere near the Disneyfied version that was released, but the biggest difference is that Vivian is a drug addict and Edward throws her out of the car at the end and leaves her on the asphalt with her money blowing in the wind. (And Kit ODs.)

by Anonymousreply 3501/07/2021

R32 Why are you so bitter?

Were you beaten as a child?

Not beaten enough?

Selleck wanted to do the film. CBS/producers wouldn't release him from Magnum. He wasn't able to do the film because of that.

Why be such a cunt because I posted the info 42 seconds before you did?

by Anonymousreply 3601/07/2021

Ringwald has had a successful career outside of mainstream film. i think she chose it...she has been on broadway quite a bit. i think she made choices close to her heart and what she wanted to pursue. i tried to post earlier but i saw her in cabaret in NCY and thought she was wonderful. her singing was on point as was her performance. she chose to go a different way than film. she's done well.

by Anonymousreply 3701/07/2021

in an interview with Winona Ryder she said she auditioned for The Mosquito Coast, and Running on Empty, losing both times to Martha Plimpton. She also said she screen tested with River Phoenix for Lucas which means Phoenix lost out to Corey Haim for that one.

by Anonymousreply 3801/07/2021

Claudette Colbert literally, physically broke her back filming Three Came Back, which required her drop out of filming All About Eve two weeks later. Gertrude Lawrence was on the short list to replace her but when her manager got the letter asking about her interest, her manager sent back a letter with Lawrence's multiple demands, including that Lawrence would never appear inebriated onscreen and that she would would sing sing a torch song during the party scene, Lawrence was immediately dropped from consideration.

But as it turned out, Lawrence's manager had never passed the producers' interest on to Lawrence and after the film came out and Lawrence learned about it she was furious.

by Anonymousreply 3901/07/2021

I think you're a little overly sensitive R36. First of all, there was nothing bitchy in what I said. Second, the comment I made wasn't even geared towards you, it was made to R31. Calm yourself down.

by Anonymousreply 4001/07/2021

And Martha Plimpton was a flash in the pan. i remember her being all over the teen magazines as the next big thing. she never did much beyond a few roles. it's unfortunate, she seemed to have a bit of talent that was wasted.

by Anonymousreply 4101/07/2021

R26 Ditto De Niro.

by Anonymousreply 4201/07/2021

And to go further into the Selleck thing- Spielberg could have offered the producers the moon, but it's CBS who would have had to agree to it, since they're the ones who contracted the production company (Universal) to provide the series. Keep in mind that the actor's strike had delayed the fall season by about 2 months already, so had Universal tried to delay Magnum PI any further (with no replacement), CBS would have gone ballistic.

by Anonymousreply 4301/07/2021

The writer of Fatal Attraction wrote the screenplay with William Hurt & Theresa Russell in mind. That doesn't mean they were even offered the roles though.

by Anonymousreply 4401/07/2021

So if River Phoenix had gotten the role of Lucas, Corey Haim would still be alive today?

by Anonymousreply 4501/07/2021

R45 And for that matter would River Phoenix still be alive today?

by Anonymousreply 4601/07/2021

Pamela Anderson turned down X Files ? Travoltas career had stalled when Forrest Gump was filmed and released, I doubt he turned it down or had a serious offer for it.

by Anonymousreply 4701/07/2021

[quote] And for that matter would River Phoenix still be alive today?

I doubt getting ass fucked by Charlie Sheen would make you decide NOT to do heroin, so no.

by Anonymousreply 4801/07/2021

Will Smith is the perfect example of just having it. It was in the universe's plan for him to be a star. He also turned down Django.

by Anonymousreply 4901/07/2021

One of the reasons Molly Ringwald doesn't work much because people can't stand her. I remember she did an off-Broadway play about 16 yrs ago w/ Jason Biggs and Craig Bierko and the entire cast and crew hated her. They celebrated when she left the cast.

by Anonymousreply 5001/07/2021

There are several different versions of this story:

Cary Grant turned down My Fair Lady and said "and if Rex Harrison doesn't play the part I won't even go see it."

Frank Sinatra turned down The Music Man and said "and if Robert Preston doesn't play the part I won't even go see it."

There are other variants.

by Anonymousreply 5101/07/2021

Despite much pleading from his friend George Cukor, Cary Grant turned down the part of Norman Maine in the Garland remake of A Star Is Born.

Several other stars did too, forcing Cukor to "settle" for James Mason, a small, nonathletic man cast as a big action star hero.

Mason, of course, turned in a brilliant performance and I doubt Cukor ever regretted ending up with him.

by Anonymousreply 5201/07/2021

R41 I think Martha Plimpton didn’t get much work for a while because let’s face it, she’s a good actress but not very conventionally attractive. I think she’s doing pretty well now in character roles but she was never going to become a gen X icon like Winona Ryder. I think she had to wait until the character parts came her way and the Broadway plays... she seems more of a theatre type.

by Anonymousreply 5301/08/2021

Robin Wright turned down some major roles in the 90s. I can’t remember all of them or if they were particularly good, but they probably would have raised her profile. Batman Forever was one of them.

I hope long neglected actresses like Martha Plimpton can have a revival now in a series. She really is very good in anything I’ve seen her in both drama and comedy.

by Anonymousreply 5401/08/2021

In an interview Shirley Knight revealed that while making The Rain People in Nebraska, she turned down They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?. She said she was “too tired and pregnant”.

by Anonymousreply 5501/08/2021

60s starlet Anjanette Comer claimed to have been scheduled to play the lead in Barefoot in the Park for Paramount (I wonder if her not doing it was connected to her dropping out of Funeral in Berlin also for Paramount). She also said that she turned down the lead in Bonnie & Clyde; both these films were stepping stones in the careers of Jane Fonda and Faye Dunaway.

by Anonymousreply 5601/08/2021

Sally Kellerman has always claimed she turned down The Poseidon Adventure after her success in MASH. She also turned down the series.

Olivia Hussey said she turned down True Grit as well as Anne of the Thousand Days after Romeo and Juliet; both roles were successful for the actress who took the role.

by Anonymousreply 5701/08/2021

Meryl Streep turned down the role of Precious. You don't remember her in Precious?! 20 year old fat, black girl. She could do anything!

by Anonymousreply 5801/08/2021

R5 Kate Jackson is underrated. The fact that she landed that role on "Kramer vs Kramer" because director Robert Benton had seen her on „Charlie’s Angels“ speaks volumes about her great acting skills and charisma! The "Kramer" team wanted "somebody who has an enormous presence and skill“. Robert Benton: "In the spring of 1978, we had meetings with Kate Jackson [to play Joanna Kramer]. She was terrific, but the network began throwing up obstacles because of their scheduling for Charlie's Angels. We said, "Sooner or later, they are going to make it impossible.“ Which is exactly what the CA producers Spelling and Goldberg did… Creeps! Kate said in a documentary: "It doesn't mean that I would have done Sophie's Choice or won an Academy Award or anything else by having done Kramer vs. Kramer. But it was possible for me to do both."

by Anonymousreply 5901/08/2021

NO APOSTROPHE YOU FUCKING IIIIIIIIIIIDIIIIIIOOOOOOT!

by Anonymousreply 6001/08/2021

Penny Marshall turned down directing Forest Gump

Robert DeNiro turned down Big

by Anonymousreply 6101/08/2021

I call BS on half of these claims that surface years after a successful movie was released. The actors may have been on some broad list of possible considerations early in a film's development.. But it's interesting no actor ever let it slip they were considered for or passed on a movie that was a bomb.

by Anonymousreply 6201/08/2021

I can not IMAGINE Indiana Jones without Ford.

by Anonymousreply 6301/08/2021

Grant and Cukor were both open about Grant's being first choice for Garland's A Star Is Born but Grant just didn't want to do it.

And it's very well known that the first choice of both Lucas and Spielberg for the first Indiana Jones film was Tom Selleck but his Magnum PI producers wouldn't give him two or three weeks off of his contract to shoot the film.

R62, however, makes an excellent, excellent point. Sometimes actors just brag about things they were briefly mentioned for but really weren't actually offered. And there are cases were the actors' agents and/or managers lied to them about what they were actually offered just to keep their clients happy and satisfied. And themselves employed.

by Anonymousreply 6401/09/2021

Cher Adams Family Thelma and Louise

by Anonymousreply 6501/09/2021

But Martha Plimpton IS a Gen X icon and of course she’s a character actress, always was. I’d love to see more of her. And whoever said Molly Ringwald has the career she wanted and stepped back, whatEVER. They all say that when their career sucks and they’re guesting on Saved by the Bell.

by Anonymousreply 6601/09/2021

I wouldn't call Martha Plimpton a Gen X icon. How do you justify that claim? Because of Goonies?

by Anonymousreply 6701/09/2021

Yes Goonies!!! Plus all her roles in the 80s and 90s.

by Anonymousreply 6801/09/2021

I mean, yeah, she was in Goonies and that's about it for memorable, iconic Gen X movies. Anything else she did really didn't make much of a dent. Kerri Green was in Goonies, too, and I wouldn't consider her a Gen X icon, either. Chunk barely qualifies.

by Anonymousreply 6901/09/2021

[quote]r39 Claudette Colbert literally, physically broke her back filming Three Came Back

Ha ha!

by Anonymousreply 7001/09/2021

As opposed to figuratively, spiritually breaking her back?

by Anonymousreply 7101/09/2021

R69 She dated River Phoenix. In Parenthood, her three dramas- mosquito, running empty, shy people. Definitely a gen x fav. Inside monkey zetterland! And more

by Anonymousreply 7201/09/2021

Clearly you need Martha Plimpton to have happened, so you win.

by Anonymousreply 7301/09/2021

R73 she was good but I think gen X icons were Winona Ryder, River Phoenix and Ethan Hawke... I think they had films tailored to them to a degree. I wonder if by the 90s Janeane Garofalo was getting the types of roles that would have previously gone to Martha. I could also see her playing a role like Marla in Fight Club.

by Anonymousreply 7401/09/2021

Martha Plimpton's limitation (if you will) is she was not terribly physically attractive and she comes off as somewhat abrasive on film. That particular limitation somewhat softened as she got older (or she was able to hone it and use it to her advantage), but I remember seeing The River Rat as a kid when it came out (or when it was on cable) and I found her really irritating.

She's quite good on stage, where I think the limitations she has on film work better.

by Anonymousreply 7501/10/2021

Ann Ramsey wanted to play Sandy in Grease.

by Anonymousreply 7601/10/2021

Debbie Harry had to say no to playing Pris in BLADE RUNNER. Reportedly the director and screenwriter had her in mind while creating it, as a first choice. She claims she had to say no because her record company had forced her to go on tour for Blondie’s disastrous last album. The part then went to Daryl Hannah. Harry has said in numerous interviews it’s her biggest career regret.

Debbie is a weird actress and I’m not sure how well this would have worked. But it’s interesting to think about. I think it would have given the film even more notoriety. The look of Pris also seems an homage to Debbie in a way.

by Anonymousreply 7701/10/2021

R4, I think about that one also. I think Doris Day as Mrs. Robinson would of been spectacular.

by Anonymousreply 7801/10/2021

Doris Day wanted Janet Leigh’s role in Psycho too.

by Anonymousreply 7901/10/2021

[quote]I hope long neglected actresses like Martha Plimpton can have a revival now in a series.

She's already had several in the last few years. Raising Hope, The Real O'Neals, an arc on The Good Wife, etc. She's working!

by Anonymousreply 8001/10/2021

Doris Day wanted Janet Leigh’s role in Psycho too.

R79 But she didn't turn down the role because she was never under consideration for the role.

by Anonymousreply 8101/10/2021

I believe the initial choice for Mrs. Robinson was Patricia Neal. She was pregnant at the time... tho I think it was also during this pregnancy she might have had her stroke (?) So there might have been some overlap of issues there??

Anne Bancroft replaced her in “7 Women” when she had her stroke... so they were up for the same type of roles.

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by Anonymousreply 8201/11/2021

Patricia Neal 1967

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by Anonymousreply 8301/11/2021

Mark Whalberg and Josh Hartnett : Brokeback Mountain

by Anonymousreply 8401/11/2021

Jean Stapleton turned down the role of Jessica Fletcher on "Murder, She Wrote."

by Anonymousreply 8501/11/2021

Jessica Lange turned down “Romancing the Stone,” which was written with her in mind. She also turned down “Gorillas in the Mist,” which was written “for” her.

by Anonymousreply 8601/11/2021

Melania turned down DEBBIE DOES DALLAS.

She’s said she regrets it.

by Anonymousreply 8701/11/2021

[quote] She also turned down “Gorillas in the Mist,” which was written “for” her.

Sure she did. Sure it was. Because she couldn't resist the role of "wife" in Everybody's All American.

by Anonymousreply 8801/11/2021

R88 She was the first choice to play the part. She turned it down because she was pregnant.

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by Anonymousreply 8901/11/2021

It’s even on the gawddamn IMDb page for the film.

Weaver was perfect though.

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by Anonymousreply 9001/11/2021

Martha Plimpton and sexy Garrett Dillahunt were hilarious on Raising Hope. I loved that show.

by Anonymousreply 9101/12/2021

I can write on IMDB that Divine was offered the role of Dian Fossey first and they would post it. And where do you think the Tampa Bay Times got it.

So fuck off, Jabba.

by Anonymousreply 9201/12/2021

Oh, it’s the Faye Trump retard over at R92. It supports homophobia and Capitol terrorist attacks and just haaaates Jessica Lange.

What a portfolio.

by Anonymousreply 9301/12/2021

I swear to god, always Jessica Lange this or that. She looks like a real bitch with awful surgery (look at her in Wender’s “Don’t Come Knockin’”, nightmarish monster lion) that she tried to fix but the fix equaled old and ugly. And angry mean drunk lady.

by Anonymousreply 9401/12/2021

So mean.

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by Anonymousreply 9501/12/2021

Kevin Bacon was so good in American Beauty.

by Anonymousreply 9601/12/2021

R96 😂

by Anonymousreply 9701/12/2021

[quote] Oh, it’s the Faye Trump retard over at [R92]. It supports homophobia and Capitol terrorist attacks and just haaaates Jessica Lange.

Edwin, please stop breathing.

by Anonymousreply 9801/12/2021

R98 Self-projection is quite the high, huh Matt-Edwin Jabba? You would be scary if you weren’t so hilariously pathetic.

by Anonymousreply 9901/12/2021

Michael Sarrazin turned down the Joe Buck role in Midnight Cowboy to make In Search of Gregory instead. With the one-two punch of They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? and Midnight Cowboy, it seems likely the academy would have rewarded him.

by Anonymousreply 10001/12/2021

Susan Strasberg turned down her Broadway acclaimed role of Anne Frank in the big screen version. She also claimed to have turned down/ her mother turned down the role of Alison in the film version of Peyton Place and the daughter role in Friendly Persuasion

by Anonymousreply 10101/12/2021

[quote] Damon for Two-Face

How appropriate.

by Anonymousreply 10201/12/2021

Cicely Tyson turned down Claudine. Although to my knowledge she never mentioned the title, in interviews she says after the success of Sounder she turned down a role of a black single mother with five kids to different fathers. She said the actress who took the role was Oscar nominated (Diahann Carroll).

by Anonymousreply 10301/16/2021

[quote]R101 Susan Strasberg turned down her Broadway acclaimed role of Anne Frank in the big screen version.

No, she wanted to do it, but the offer never came.

Her friend Shelley Winters encouraged her to fly to L.A. and pitch herself to director George Stevens for the role, as Winters knew he’d like that. But Strasberg was having her first big affair (with Richard Burton) and couldn’t bring herself to leave New York.

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by Anonymousreply 10401/16/2021

The strangest thing I ever read was Barbra Streisand being offered THE EXORCIST.

Really, I don’t see her as a mother shepherding her child through a life saving Catholic rite!

by Anonymousreply 10501/16/2021

[quote] Cicely Tyson turned down Claudine. Although to my knowledge she never mentioned the title, in interviews she says after the success of Sounder she turned down a role of a black single mother with five kids to different fathers. She said the actress who took the role was Oscar nominated (Diahann Carroll).

She's full of shit. Diana Sands was the first person offered the role and took it, but had to drop out due to her cancer coming back. She suggested Diahann Carroll.

by Anonymousreply 10601/16/2021

Molly was considered for both versions of Pretty Woman if I'm not mistaken. As mentioned above it's a movie that only worked because of the actress. It would've been worse than shit with anyone else. It's a whore fairy tale. Its a movie completely dependent on the strength of the leading performance.

by Anonymousreply 10701/16/2021

Gene Siskel on Roberts Oscar nomination "This woman lit up the screen in the most remarkable way. I thought she would get the nomination and she absolutely does deserve it"

by Anonymousreply 10801/16/2021

Yes. When you look at Julia's Oscar nominations, some of them I believe were given purely due to the fact that she was the only one who was responsible for the success of the film. She didn't do much in the way of great acting in Pretty Woman, but she was a movie star. It was a movie star performance in the same way that Audrey Hepburn's was in Roman Holiday, yet no one complained when she won the Oscar (like they did when Julia won for Erin Brockovich). I'm one of the minority that felt Roberts 100% deserved that Oscar for Brockovich. It was a movie star performance in the best sense of the word and absolutely trumped anything else that year (especially Ellen Burstyn's scenery chomping embarrassment of a ham sandwich in Requiem for a Dream).

by Anonymousreply 10901/16/2021

R106 I don’t know. It’s entirely believable. I think Cicely would have been more likely to play the mother on welfare than Diahann Carroll.

by Anonymousreply 11001/16/2021

Meg Ryan dropped out of Steel Magnolias to do When Harry Met Sally opening a door to Julia Roberts.

by Anonymousreply 11101/16/2021

I've never understood the brouhaha over Cicely Tyson. She's a competent actress, nothing more, and she's certainly not any sort of a legend or icon. She's had two good roles in her lifetime, the mother in Sounder and Miss Jane Pittman (which was for television). Everything else has been in forgettable dreck or in something where she had a negligible role. When they gave her an honorary Oscar a couple years back, I thought it was ridiculous. For christ's sake, one of her biggest films was The Concorde: Airport '79. If they were after diversity, surely they could have found someone more worthy. (Of course, they make you show up and dog & pony yourself or else you can't have one, which tells you why the pickings are so slim).

by Anonymousreply 11201/16/2021

Michelle Pfieffer famously turned down Silence of the Lambs. Ever a class act she's openly admitted it was one of the biggest mistakes of her career.

by Anonymousreply 11301/16/2021
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