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    A bunch of actresses turned down Alex Forrest role in Fatal Attraction.

     

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    This one is insane to me because IMO Rooney Mara is one of the most beautiful actresses working today, even if not as traditionally attractive as ScarJo.

    The thing is that Mara is beautiful, but Johansson is not just beautiful, as Woody Allen said in his recent memoir, she is “sexually radioactive”, so she would have been too distracting for the role.

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    Richard Gere – Wall Street
    Gregory Peck – High Noon
    Joseph Fiennes – The Pianist
    Charles Bronson – City Slickers
    Gael Garcia Bernal – Dallas Buyers Club

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    Christian Bale, A Star is Born
    Leonardo DiCaprio, A Star is Born
    Johnny Depp, A Star is Born
    Tom Cruise, A Star is Born
    Will Smith, A Star is Born
    Beyonce, A Star is Born

    The could be an entire thread could be about who passed on A Star Is Born 4.0

    • Will Smith & Jennifer Lopez in 2001 with Joel Schumacher to direct
    • Alicia Keys replaced Lopez in Oct 2002.

    — In development hell until Jan 2010 when —

    • Nick Cassavetes is attached to direct Will Smith & Beyoncé. Also meets with Alicia Keys & Rihanna for the female lead.
    • February 2010, Will Smith out, Russell Crowe in. Beyoncé still attached
    • Sept 2011 — Eastwood attached to direct now, wants Leo & Beyoncé.
    • Leo passes, Christian Bale eye up the part for his first post-Batman role.
    • January 2012 — Eastwood hears good things about Cruise in Rock of Ages, wants him for the role with Hugh Jackman & Eminem as backups
    • Aug 2012 — Cooper in walks with Eastwood is while Beyonce leaves Project that October. Esperanza Spalding is considered for the role by WB & Eastwood.

    — three more years of development hell until —

    • 2015 — Cooper now set to direct after watching studying Eastwood in American Sniper. Beyoncé in talks again to star.
    • 2016 — Beyoncé is out as WB couldn’t afford her asking fee, Gaga in and the rest is history

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    Emmys FYC | Alan Tudyk in “Resident Alien” | Jennifer C. Holmes in “This Is Us” | Ego Nwodim in “Saturday Night Live” | Kaley Cuoco in “Harley Quinn” | “Dickinson” | “P-Valley” | “Pose” | “Superstore”

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    marsha mason, jill clayburgh and jane fonda all turned down norma rae and then lost to sally field at the oscars

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    Harrison Ford – Syriana

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    Jennifer Lopez passed on the role of Diane Lane in Unfaithful

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    marsha mason, jill clayburgh and jane fonda all turned down norma rae and then lost to sally field at the oscars

    That is an interesting one. For all of them to turn it down and then have to sit there and watch Sally get so much acclaim must have been odd. Diane Keaton turned it down too. Odd. I wonder why none of them saw the value of the role.

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    Not sure if someone’s mentioned this, but Michael Madden was originally offered the role of Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction, but turned it down. I believe he’s called it the biggest regret of his career.

    Interestingly, Madsen played Vic Vega in Tarantino’s prior film Reservoir Dogs. Neither film touches on this, but they’re meant to be in the same universe with both Vegas being brothers. Tarantino had wanted to make a prequel about both of them, but he never got around to it.

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    A bunch of actresses turned down Alex Forrest role in Fatal Attraction.

    Do you know who?

    I know Debra Winger did. Close was an unlikely choice for the role given her prior roles. Her screentests are on the DVD and you can see why she got the part. She’s as riveting in the audition as she was in the film. The director said the fact that she also wanted the part so much made him willing to take a chance on her since he thought she’d be motivated where other people he offered it to were ambivalent.

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    Do you know who?

    Barbara Hershey wanted it but couldn’t take due to availability, Miranda Richardson turned it down because she didn’t want to be typecast as a femme fatale.

    Emmys FYC | Alan Tudyk in “Resident Alien” | Jennifer C. Holmes in “This Is Us” | Ego Nwodim in “Saturday Night Live” | Kaley Cuoco in “Harley Quinn” | “Dickinson” | “P-Valley” | “Pose” | “Superstore”

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    Barbara Hershey wanted it but couldn’t take due to availability, Miranda Richardson turned it down because she didn’t want to be typecast as a femme fatale.

    That’s interesting about Barbara Hershey. She and Close were both in The Natural where Close was the symbol for good dressed all in white and Hershey was the dark one dressed all in black. Hershey would have been a more obvious choice.

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    Do you know who? I know Debra Winger did. Close was an unlikely choice for the role given her prior roles. Her screentests are on the DVD and you can see why she got the part. She’s as riveting in the audition as she was in the film. The director said the fact that she also wanted the part so much made him willing to take a chance on her since he thought she’d be motivated where other people he offered it to were ambivalent.

     

    https://m.imdb.com/list/ls045498543/

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    That is an interesting one. For all of them to turn it down and then have to sit there and watch Sally get so much acclaim must have been odd. Diane Keaton turned it down too. Odd. I wonder why none of them saw the value of the role.

    Marsha Mason & Faye Dunaway also turned down Norma Rae.

    Sissy Spacek, Terms of Endearment (had just had a baby);
    Anne Bancroft and a bunch of other actresses turned down One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest;
    Christina Raines, Coal Miner’s Daughter (the original director wanted Raines but Loretta Lynn wanted Spacek so the director walked off the project);
    Paul Newman, Missing;
    Sean Young, Rosanna Arquette & Sigourney Weaver, The Piano;
    Jessica Lange, Gorillas in the Mist;
    Burt Lancaster, Kiss of the Spider Woman (had to step down due to health issues – he is thanked in the credits);
    Sylvester Stallone and a host of others for Coming Home;
    Anthony Hopkins, Gandhi (he didn’t think he was right for the role);
    Michelle Pfeiffer & Jeremy Irons, Silence of the Lambs;
    Richard Dreyfus, All That Jazz (dropped out due to personal issues).

    I’d love to know who was cast for the Tom Wilkinson role in In the Bedroom and backed out at the last minute. All I know is the actor is American and I’ve never been able to find that out who it was.

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