‘I wanted this’: 11 actors who lost parts they fought for


The acting profession is plagued with rejection, even for the Hollywood elite. For every role an actor books, there are dozens of hopefuls vying for the role. And sometimes losing the game stings. You just have to ask Amanda Seyfried, who recently revealed she auditioned to play Glinda in the two-part film Nasty movie while filming her Emmy-nominated turn as Elizabeth Holmes in The Stall.

“Last summer when I was playing Elizabeth, on the weekends I was auditioning in person to play Glinda in the movie version of Nasty,said Seyfried In the wings, sharing how much she wanted to play the role that eventually went to pop stardom Ariana Grande. “Because I wanted it so bad I was like, you know what? Yeah, gotta play the last scene of The stall tuesday. I’ll give you my Sunday. I literally bent over backwards playing the most difficult role of my life.

Seyfried isn’t the only actor to express his disappointment after being passed over for a starring role. Jessica Biel spoke of his dismay at the idea of ​​auditioning for Notebook while she was covered in blood (she was filming Chainsaw Massacre at the time) and lose the game at Rachel McAdams. In an alternate universe, Matthew McConaughey is holding Gwyneth Paltrow at the bow of a ship on the poster of Titanic. “I wanted this. I auditioned with Kate Winslet,“said McConaughey on THRit is Awards Speech podcast. “I left there quite confident that I had it. I didn’t understand. I was never offered that. Here’s an informal list of more stars who have risked everything for a role that ultimately went to someone else.


The Special The singer has made it clear she wants to play Ursula in Disney’s upcoming live-action Little Mermaid film. She even has tweeted a video of herself singing “Poor Unfortunate Souls” while covered in purple makeup and sporting white hair, tagging Disney in the caption, “I AM URSULA. PERIOD.” The video went viral and inspired an online campaign to help her land the role. Alas, the wicked sea witch part went to Melissa McCarthy, which is probably for the best – Lizzo doesn’t need to steal Ariel’s voice to win hearts.


Can you imagine the Hole singer singing “Elephant Love Medley”? Well, according to Courtney Love, it could have happened. love says Donor magazine which, after winning a Golden Globe nomination for The people against Larry Flint, she was in consideration for a multitude of film roles, including Janis Joplin and Lisa in girl interrupted—the party that ultimately won Angelina Jolie an Oscar. But “the one that got away, from which I haven’t completely come out yet, is Red Mill!said Love.Baz [Luhrmann] I thought I was a great portrayal of tragedy, and I thought I could mix that in with comedy, which would have been ideal for the role. It’s hard to argue with that logic.


There are roles that everyone wants. Before the Madonna boot camp, there was stiff competition to play Scarlett O’Hara – which saw Hollywood luminaries of yesteryear, such as Bette Davis, Norma Shearer and Katharine Hepburn, compete to star in Carried away by the wind. In the Atlantic the article “The realization of carried away by the wind (Part 1),” Gavin Lambert details the painstaking process of landing Vivien Leigh for the role of Scarlett. Of all the future Scarletts, it seems Davis took the hardest time losing the role. She reportedly led a “fiery campaign” for Scarlett, had an “inconsolable longing for the part” and “the loss of the role haunted her for years”.


Even one of Hollywood’s highest-earning actors loses a role once in a while. Dwayne Johnson has shared that early in his acting career he was up for the role of Jack Reacher in Paramount Pictures’ film adaptation of Lee Childseries of books. In the novels, Reacher is described as six foot five and 250 pounds, a similar proportion to Johnson. However, Johnson ended up losing the role to none other than Tom Cruise, which is much closer to five foot six than six foot five. “Tom was the biggest movie star in the world, and I wasn’t,” Johnson said in a Facebook interview years later. “I got the call saying, ‘Hey, you didn’t get the part. Look, I didn’t even know if I had a chance, but the people around me at the time made me believe I did. I felt like I did. I thought to myself: why not me? Clearly, size isn’t everything.


Nicole Kidman wanted to be a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her. In a conversation with Hugh Grant for Marie Claire, Kidman revealed she wanted to star alongside Grant as Anna Scott in the 1999 romantic comedy Notting Hill, but lost the role of JuliaRobert. “I really wanted the role that Julia Roberts played in Notting Hill.… Yeah, I did,” Kidman said. “But I wasn’t known enough and I didn’t have enough talent.” Nicole Kidman? Not talented enough? Likely story.


While promoting A shortcut in time in 2018, Oprah was arrested on the streets of New York and asked if there was a role she didn’t get that she regretted. “Yeah: Doubt,” she said. “I wanted to be in Doubt. I mean, it’s fantastic because Alto [Davis] I get it, it’s wonderful. But the director told me no because it wasn’t long enough to lose ‘the Oprah factor’. Not every movie can handle the Oprah factor.


Jennifer Lawrence may have pocketed $25 million for don’t look up, but that doesn’t mean she got all the roles she sought. By appearing on The Howard Stern Show, Lawrence revealed she was “devastated” when she lost the lead role in Tim Burtonit is Alice in Wonderland. Alice was eventually played by Mia Wasikowska, which, according to Lawrence, “was perfect and amazing”. Plus, Lawrence said she couldn’t do a British accent — so maybe it’s best she didn’t go down Burton’s rabbit hole.


Sometimes the role you’re supposed to play isn’t the one you originally auditioned for. In 2018, Glen Powell took to Twitter to lament the loss of the lead role to Goose’s son Rooster to Miles Teller in Top Gun: Maverick. “I remove all the posters of Tom Cruise in my room” Powell tweeted, sharing a post about Teller’s casting. “Maybe I’ll leave one. Two for symmetry. Alright, the posters stay. Powell was smart to leave all those posters — he was eventually cast as the Hangman in the billion-dollar movie and, some say, stole the movie.


Although the internet never tires of Keke P, Palmer has sometimes been told Nope by casting directors. Palmer said Charm that she was disappointed to lose a role in Ice Cubethe 2005 road trip comedy, Are we already there?, as the party went to Aleisha Allen. “I remember being so sad that I didn’t understand,” she said. Charm. “But looking back on it, I wasn’t ready.” Palmer was set to star alongside the rapper-turned-actor a few years later when she starred in 2008 The Longshots.

Kaley Cuoco

The Flight attendant the star was extremely confident that she had booked a role in the buzzy Knives out after, Glass onion: a mystery at loggerheads. “I was convinced [the part was mine].…I was so convinced that my bags were ready for Greece,” Cuoco said. Charm. “And then I didn’t understand. I was so devastated. And I’m not [normally] devastated by the roles. The party eventually went to Kate Hudson. “I cried and cried all night,” Cuoco said of his response to losing the role. As the saying goes, it’s better to have auditioned and lost than never to have auditioned at all.


Yes, even the acting goat, Meryl Streep, has had roles that don’t go her way. The triple Oscar winner once said People that she wanted to play country singer Patsy Cline in the biopic Sweet dreams, directed by his friend Karel Reisz. “Karel was a friend of mine who I adored, and he was doing a movie about Patsy Cline, who is a singer that I adored,” she said. When the role finally went to another Oscar-winning blond actor, Jessica Lange, Streep was able to turn her loss of a movie role into free housing while she filmed Plenty in England near Reisz’s house. “I said to him, ‘Well, the least you can do is let me stay at your house while I’m at it,'” she said. “He did, and it was a nice house.” Streep never loses.


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