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    don’t know about them but his first choice was kidman

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    Nicole Kidman expressed in a Vogue interview that had she been offered the role of Michele, she would have accepted it. However, Paul Verhoeven had previously stated that she was the first actress he approached to play the part.

    After producer Saïd Ben Saïd sent Paul Verhoeven a copy of the book by Philippe Djian, Verhoeven’s interest was immediately piqued. The initial plan was to produce the movie in the United States, but there were problems finding a female lead. Nicole Kidman, Sharon Stone, Julianne Moore and Diane Lane were offered the role, but they all passed on the opportunity. Marion Cotillard and Carice van Houten were also considered. According to Paul Verhoeven, most actresses immediately turned down the part as soon as they had read the script, instead of waiting for a few days which is standard practice. One of the actresses said she felt uncomfortable because of things that had happened to her in the past, one didn’t give any reasons but just said, ‘certainly not’. Verhoeven told The Guardian that the only American actress who would have been game, he thinks, was Jennifer Jason Leigh, “She would have had absolutely no problem. She’s extremely audacious. But she’s an artistic presence and we were looking for names”, he said. Verhoeven decided to relocate the shoot of Elle to France after his inability to find a lead actress and an American company willing to produce such a controversial film. Verhoeven revealed that Isabelle Huppert had heard of the plans to adapt the book, and called around to express her interest in the project long before he himself finally got involved. Fortunately, Verhoeven and Huppert were fans of each other’s work, and had wanted to work together for a long time, so Huppert’s participation was quickly secured. Although Huppert had difficulties relating to her character, Verhoeven was exceptionally pleased with her performance, stating that she brought things to the role beyond what was written in the script.

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    This really could’ve been big for Kidman. Her work has been very emotionally-charged as of late. Would’ve been nice to see her play a role that is detached. But I also suspect that is, in part, something that Huppert decided upon. It’s there in the script, but I imagine Isabelle brought it to another level that really defines the character.

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    I thought Charlize Theron was supposed to play Alicia Vikander’s role in The Danish Girl.

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    Sorry if these are already mentioned:

    Emily Lloyd (does being fired count?), Pretty Woman

    Emily Watson, Elizabeth (also although not Oscar nominated, I find it interesting that the role of Amelie was written for Watson. Again, not sure where I heard this one but although not Oscar nominated was offered the role in Gangs of New York)

    Miranda Richardson, Fatal Attraction

    I wasn’t a fan of La La Land but would have definitely been intrigued by Watson/Jordan in the leads instead.

     

    FYC:

    Vitalina Varela, Vitalina Varela (Actress)
    Andrea Riseborough, Karim Saleh, Possessor/Luxor (Actress, Actor)
    Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, I Care a Lot (Actress, Supporting Actor)
    Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren, The Duke (Actor, Supporting Actress)
    Sophia Loren, Abril Zamora, The Life Ahead (Actress, Supporting Actress)
    Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman (Actress)

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    Speaking of Sandra Bullock, she was originally cast as Maggie in Million Dollar Baby—but in another case of scheduling conflicts, she had to drop out because of filming Miss Congeniality 2.

    She made the right choice.

    Emmys FYC: Alan Tudyk in “Resident Alien”, Billie Piper in “I Hate Suzie”, Ego Nwodim in “Saturday Night Live”, Kaley Cuoco in “Harley Quinn”

    “Dickinson”, “P-Valley”, “Pose” & “Superstore” in all categories

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    Helena Bonham Carter turned down the lead in Breaking the waves. The role that made Emily Watson an international star and earning her first Oscar nomination.

    Emily Watson turned down the role of Bridget in Bridget Jones Diary.

    Rachel Weisz turne down the role in A Beautiful Mind, giving Jennifer Connelly the chance to her supporting win.

    Nicole Kidman turned down the Hanna Schmitz role due to pregnancy.

    Jodie Foster turned down the role as Tracy in Manhattan, giving Mariel Hemingway her only Oscar nomination in supporting

    Christian Bale backed out of Steve Jobs because he felt he did not get the character. Michael Fassbender swooped in and made wonders with that role

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    Ginger Rogers turned down To Each His Own and The Snake Pit, Both roles went to Olivia De Haviland and she won for To Each His own and was nominated for The Snake Pit.

    Apparently Ginger Rogers regretted turning down the roles and said “It seemed Olivia knew a good thing when she saw it. Perhaps Olivia should thank me for such poor judgment”

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    Katharine Hepburn turned down roles in Of Human Bondage, Edward, My Son,Summer and Smoke and Travels with My Aunt. 

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    Olivia De Havilland turned down Rebecca because her sister Joan Fontaine was being considered for the role apparently.

    She also turned down Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire because she says she had just given birth and couldn’t relate to the material.

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    I read somewhere that Leonardo DiCaprio was first offered Joker with Scorsese attached as producer but he turned it down for his reasons,so then he got replaced with Phoenix and the rest is history.

    They never offered Leonardo DiCaprio the role, Todd Phillips was very clear with Warner and Joaquin was always his top choice, he even had to convinced him for months to play the role

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    From IMDB:

    Nicole Kidman expressed in a Vogue interview that had she been offered the role of Michele, she would have accepted it. However, Paul Verhoeven had previously stated that she was the first actress he approached to play the part.

    After producer Saïd Ben Saïd sent Paul Verhoeven a copy of the book by Philippe Djian, Verhoeven’s interest was immediately piqued. The initial plan was to produce the movie in the United States, but there were problems finding a female lead. Nicole Kidman, Sharon Stone, Julianne Moore and Diane Lane were offered the role, but they all passed on the opportunity. Marion Cotillard and Carice van Houten were also considered. According to Paul Verhoeven, most actresses immediately turned down the part as soon as they had read the script, instead of waiting for a few days which is standard practice. One of the actresses said she felt uncomfortable because of things that had happened to her in the past, one didn’t give any reasons but just said, ‘certainly not’. Verhoeven told The Guardian that the only American actress who would have been game, he thinks, was Jennifer Jason Leigh, “She would have had absolutely no problem. She’s extremely audacious. But she’s an artistic presence and we were looking for names”, he said. Verhoeven decided to relocate the shoot of Elle to France after his inability to find a lead actress and an American company willing to produce such a controversial film. Verhoeven revealed that Isabelle Huppert had heard of the plans to adapt the book, and called around to express her interest in the project long before he himself finally got involved. Fortunately, Verhoeven and Huppert were fans of each other’s work, and had wanted to work together for a long time, so Huppert’s participation was quickly secured. Although Huppert had difficulties relating to her character, Verhoeven was exceptionally pleased with her performance, stating that she brought things to the role beyond what was written in the script.

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    This really could’ve been big for Kidman. Her work has been very emotionally-charged as of late. Would’ve been nice to see her play a role that is detached. But I also suspect that is, in part, something that Huppert decided upon. It’s there in the script, but I imagine Isabelle brought it to another level that really defines the character.

    I love Kidman but Huppert has an emotional intelligence that exceeds what everyone else does with difficult material.

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    Anne Hathaway turned down the part of Tiffany Maxwell in Silver Linings Playbook because of schedule conflicts with Les Mis.

    Emmys FYC: Alan Tudyk in “Resident Alien”, Billie Piper in “I Hate Suzie”, Ego Nwodim in “Saturday Night Live”, Kaley Cuoco in “Harley Quinn”

    “Dickinson”, “P-Valley”, “Pose” & “Superstore” in all categories

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    Here are a few castings for Oscar-winning roles that almost happened:

    Angela Bassett in Monster’s Ball

    Sandra Bullock in Million Dollar Baby

    Mel Gibson in Gladiator

    Anne Hathaway in Silver Linings Playbook

    Jeremy Irons in The Silence of the Lambs

    Liam Neeson in Lincoln

    Michelle Pfeiffer in The Silence of the Lambs

    Burt Reynolds in Terms of Endearment

    Julia Roberts in The Blind Side

    Julia Roberts in Shakespeare in Love

    John Travolta in Forrest Gump

    Emma Watson in La La Land

    Kate Winslet in Shakespeare in Love

     

    Sources:

    https://people.com/movies/iconic-roles-that-were-almost-played-by-another-actors/

    https://www.insider.com/famous-roles-actors-turned-down-2016-4#penn-badgley-came-close-to-playing-jesse-pinkman-on-amcs-beloved-drama-breaking-bad-54

    https://bestlifeonline.com/iconic-movie-roles/

    https://brightside.me/wonder-films/20-iconic-movie-roles-that-were-almost-played-by-other-actors-202155/

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    Sorry if these are already mentioned:

    Emily Lloyd (does being fired count?), Pretty Woman

    Emily Watson, Elizabeth (also although not Oscar nominated, I find it interesting that the role of Amelie was written for Watson. Again, not sure where I heard this one but although not Oscar nominated was offered the role in Gangs of New York)

    Miranda Richardson, Fatal Attraction

    I wasn’t a fan of La La Land but would have definitely been intrigued by Watson/Jordan in the leads instead.

    I sort of doubt Miranda Richardson was ever offered Fatal Attraction. She wasn’t that well known at the time. That is one of those movies that internet rumors always list tons of actresses who supposedly turned the film down. They probably interviewed/auditioned many women for both of the female roles.

    Adrian Lyne the director has said that he was having trouble choosing someone for the part. Close wanted an audition but the producers thought she was wrong for it and told her they respect her a lot but they don’t want to waste her time having her fly in for a role she probably wouldn’t get. Her agent was persistent and got her a screentest. Lyne said after seeing it he was overjoyed and ran down the halls of the office screaming that he final found the right woman. The screentest is online. It’s remarkably similar to what she would do in the film. Anne Archer’s screentest is on the DVD (haven’t seen it online.) She is quite different and really much more polished in the final film. Close though was spot on from the beginning. (The test was the now famous “I won’t be ignored” part.)

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    John Travolta turned down Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks turned down Shawshank Redemption, and Michael Madsen turned down Pulp Fiction. 1994 was almost an entirely different year.

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    SOME OTHERS:

    * Wesley Snipes for The Hurricane (Denzel Washington)

    * Michael Madsen for Pulp Fiction (John Travolta)

    * Chevy Chase for American Beauty (Kevin Spacey)

    * Mark Strong for No Country for Old Men (Javier Bardem)

    * Scarlett Johansson for Changeling (Angelina Jolie)

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