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Michelle Pfeiffer

 

  1. Jodie Foster, Taxi Driver, 1975.    
  2. Brooke Shields, Pretty Baby, 1977.      The subject was horrendous - a prostitute allowing her 12-year-old daughter’s virginity to be auctioned off in a brothel in the red-light Storyville district of New Orleans, circa 1917. Elegant French director Louis Malle saw 28 hopefuls and/or instant (parental) refusals for Violet. From Laura Dern aged 10 and future Sex And The City co-stars Cynthia Nixon, at 11, Sarah Jessica Parker, 12 (like Shields) and (the often too buxom) teenagers Pfeiffewr, Melissa Sue Anderson, Rosanna Arquette, Linda Blair, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bridget Fonda, Jodie Foster, Mariel Hemingway, Helen Hunt, Anissa Jones (who tragically ODed at 18 before her audition), Diane Lane, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kristy McNichol, Tatum O’Neal (Dad said no), Dana Plato (Mom said no), Ally Sheedy, Meg Tilly, Charlene Tilton… to seven twentysomethings. However, no make-up and soft lenses could make 12-year-olds out of Isabelle Adjani, Bo Derek, Carrie Fisher, Melanie Griffith, Amy Irving, Mary Steenburgen or Debra Winger.
  3. Shelley Hack, Charlie’s Angels, TV, 1979-1980.    No, really…!When Kate Jackson quit after four seasons of jigglevision, Pfeiffer and Kathy Lee Gifford were suggested replacements. The series was structured around Kateand utilised many of her ideas, title included- better, she insisted, than… Alley Cats! Hack was succeeded in turn by Tanya Roberts, finally helping toachieve producer Aron Spelling’s first plan of a blonde, a brunette and a readhead as Charlie’s (originally, Harry’s) private eyefuls.
  4. Brooke Shields, The Blue Lagoon, 1979.      Auditioned for Emmeline - despiteGrease director Randal Kleiser wanting his shipwrecked couple to be naked throughout the re-make. (They were not). Shields had her long hair glued to her front - and a nude body double.
  5. Debra Winger, Urban Cowboy, 1980.     "At the   time," said producer Bob Evans about Travolta, "anything John wanted, John got." Hundred of new faces were tested for the tough-cookie lead - a star-making part.   It came down to Winger v Pfeiffer. "Winger won out," said producer Evans. "Why? Because I wanted Pfeiffer"!  
  6. Brooke Shields, Endless Love, 1980.   Now this doesn’t happen very often… Shirley Knight was displeased with Brooke Shields as her teenage daughter and set about re-casting Jade. She gave a list of better prospects to her director Franco Zeffirelli. Including Pfeiffer, Rosanna Arquette, Linda Blair, Bo Derek, Carrie Fisher, Jodie Foster, Melanie Griffith, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kristy McNichol. Knight wuz right. They were all better, with the possible exception of beauteous Bo. Zeffirelli, however, was a very macho Italian maestro. He was the boss. OK, ready Brooke - and… action! And just do your best…
  7. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Fast Times At Ridgemont High, 1981.       The US high school movie..! Researched and written by Cameron Crowe, directed by Amy Heckerling. The rôle: Brad’s foxy sister, Stacy. The choices: Pfeiffer, Ellen Barkin, Geena Davis, Jodie Foster (studying at Yale), Diane Lane, Lori Loughlin, Kelly Preston, Brooke Shields, Elizabeth Shue. Few were keen on joining Richard Romanus in full-frontalism. (The scene was cut to avoid an X-rating!).
  8. Jennifer Beals, Flashdance, 1982.      The “nation-wide search“ (of LA…!!) came down to 18 possibilities for the titular Alex Owens.   Pfeiffer, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bo Derek, Janice Dickinson, Bridget Fonda, Melanie Griffith, Daryl Hannah, Mariel Hemingway, Helen Hunt (hated the script), Jennifer Jason Leigh, Heather Locklear, Kathy Najimy, Tatum O’Neal, Sharon Stone - and Debra Winger, who moved on, with one of her potential co-stars Jack Nicholson, into Terms of Endearment. And pix of the final three – Beals, Demi Moore and Leslie Wing - were shown to the studio’s  construction guys by Paramount suits asking… “Which of these women do you most wanna fuck?”  Dissolve.   Beals had three body doubles for the flashy dancing, including a break-dancer guy called Crazy Legs, who shaved everything - except his moustache!
  9. Deborah Foreman, Valley Girl, 1982.   First in the loop for  Julie Richman. Forman’s eventual screen mom, Colleen Camp,  was a mere nine years older!  

  10. Linda Hamilton, The Terminator, 1983.  
    In all, 55 actresses were considered, seen or tested for Sarah Connor (aged 18; Linda was 27) opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger. James Cameron auteured Sarah for Bridget Fonda. She passed; so did Tatum O’Neal. He decided to go older… and Glenn Close won - her schedule didn’t agree. OK, Kate Capshaw! No, she was tied to Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - and Kathleen Turner was Romancing The Stone. Debra Winger won her audition, said yes… then no.   The other 48 ladies were The ’80s Group: Pfeiffer, Rosanna Arquette, Kim Basinger, Christy Brinkley, Colleen Camp, Jamie Lee Curtis, Geena Davis, Judy Davis, Mia Farrow, Carrie Fisher, Jodie Foster, Teri Garr, Jennifer Grey, Melanie Griffith, Darryl Hannah, Barbara Hershey, Anjelica Huston, Amy Irving, Diane Keaton, Margot Kidder, Diane Lane, Jessica Lange, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kay Lenz, Heather Locklear, Lori Loughlin, Kelly McGillis, Kristy McNichol, Deborah Raffin, Meg Ryan, Susan Sarandon, Ally Sheedy, Cybill Shepherd, Brooke Shields, Sissy Spacek, Sharon Stone, Lea Thompson, Sigourney Weaver… one aerobics queen, Bess Motta (she became Sarah’s room-mate, Ginger Ventura), two singers (Madonna, Liza Minnelli), two Brits (Miranda Richardson, Jane Seymour), five essentially funny girls, Goldie Hawn, Rhea Perlman (Mrs Danny De Vito), Gilda Radner, Mary Tyler Moore… plus the new MTM, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, from Saturday Night Live. Most were in contention again a few years later for Fatal Attraction (won by Close) and The Accused (going to Foster and McGillis). Ten years later (after T2), Linda gave birth to Cameron’s daughter and Josephine’s parents wed in 1997… for two years.
  11. Daryl Hannah. Splash, 1983.       A mermaid - moi?!   That’s what they all said, more or less. Except Debra Winger who longed to be Madison. (Director Ron Howard did not agree). “They all” were… Pfeiffer, Rosanna Arquette, Jodie Foster (she was booked into The Hotel New Hampshire), General Hospital soap queen Genie Francis, Melanie Griffith, Diane Lane, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tatum O’Neal, Tanya Roberts (booked for Sheena: Queen of the Jungle), Ally Sheedy, Brooke Shields (studying French Literature at Princeton), PJ Soles, Sharon Stone, Kathleen Turner, Lisa Whelchel (from The Facts of Life, 1979-1988), Debra Winger. Plus two Brits: Lynne Frederick and Fiona Fullerton.
  12. Anjelica Huston, Prizzi’s Honor, 1984.   “So let’s do it. Right here. On the Oriental. With all the lights on.” Maerose Prizzi knew what she wanted, where and when from her Family’s hit man, Jack Nicholson - the unlikeliest Mafioso since the Corleones’ James Caan. Before realising his daughter was Oscar-winning perfection, director John Huston looked at some 19 potential Maeroses. From the sublime Pfeiffer (been there, done that and got the Married To The Mob and Scarface t-shirs),Rosanna Arquette, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Liza Minnelli, Demi Moore, Debra Winger… to the ridiculous: Geena Davis, Melanie Griffith, Daryl Hannah, Emma Thompson, Sela Ward, Debra Winger… and the damn stupid: Linda Blair, Carrie Fisher, Kelly Lebrock, Heather Locklear, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ally Sheedy.
  13. Elisabeth Shue, Adventures in Babysitting, 1986.         Back in the 60s, teenage babysitter Chris Parker was set for Jane Fonda. By the 80s, her logical heir, her niece Bridget, was dismissive. Julia Louis-Dreyfus was signed, followed by Jodie Foster, then it became a battle between Kathleen Turner (the fourth #1 choice), Pfeiffer (preferring The Witches of Eastwick… until she made it!), Justine Bateman, Valerie Bertinelli, Judy Davis, Jodie Foster, Melanie Griffith, Andie MacDowell, Kelly McGillis (spurned by director Christopher Columbus), Tatum O’Neal (who simply fled), Brooke Shields and Sharon Stone.
  14. Glenn Close, Fatal Atraction, 1987.
  15. Kelly McGillis, The Accused, 1988.      Paramount suits saw 40 young actresses for the (real life) gang rape victim. Or, their own rape bait fantasies… such as 16-year-old Alyssa Milano! And a further 28 for her defence attorney. Including the Fatal Attraction also-rans (from Pfeiffer to Debra Winger, by way of Diane Keaton and, naturally, Meryl Streep). Plus Blythe Danner, Sally Field, Terri Garrt, Mary Gross, Kathleen Turner, Sigourney Weaver, Dianne Wiest. A 1982 rape victim herself, McGillis obviously refused the main role. She agreed to play the victim’s lawyer - as long as Foster was her client.
  16. Kim Basinger,  Batman, 1988.
  17. Annette Bening, Valmont, 1989.        As  true Brit director Stephen Frears was trying to get Michelle for the virtuous Tourvel for Dangerous Liaisons, Czech film-maker Milos Forman was chasing her for the wicked Merteuil in his version.   She chose wisely,   narrowly lost an Oscar and later took over the pregnant Bening's   Catwoman in Batman Returns, 1991.
  18. Nicole Kidman, Days of Thunder, 1989.   Dr Claire Lewicki was aimed at all the usual misses. Pfeiffer, Kim Basinger, Sandra Bullock, Jodie Foster, Heather Locklear, Madonna, Sarah Jessica Parker, Molly Ringwald, Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan, Ally Sheedy, Brooke Shields, Sharon Stone, Robin Wright. And a newcomer to such rosters: the Irish Alison Doody. They all passed what was a formulaic Tom Cruise movie - ie, all about Cruise as a cocky young talent, with an older mentor, older (even taller) woman, and surpassing his enemies… literally, in this chapter, as a Daytona NASCAR driver. He chose Kidman, after seeing Dead Calm, and promptly married her: 1990-2001.  And she learned about superstar formulas. When she begged time to study neurosurgery for her surgeon’s role, she was told, basically, not to be so silly.
  19. Melanie Griffith, Bonfire of the Vanities, 1989.        "I knew De Palma  wanted  someone else," said Melanie, "and I knew she'd turned it  down.  I went in and said:  I really think I can do this -  please let me.  Same thing  I did with  Body Double." 
  20. Julia Roberts, Pretty Woman, 1989.  

  21. Lena Olin, Havana, 1990.      Robert Redford and director Sydney Pollack’s seventh (and worst) film came from a Judith Rascoe script shelved since the 70s. Now it was touted as a 90s’ Casablanca, teaming Redford with…. Well, he wanted Michelle Pfeiffer (he had to wait until 1995’s Up Close and Personal), or Sonia Braga from his second directing gig, The Milagro Beanfield War, 1987. Sharon Stone was also seen. Then, some suit said, “Hey, wasn’t the Casblanca broad Swedish?” Enter: Olin. And like Braga before her, Lena immediately had an affair with Redford.
  22. Catherine O’Hara, Home Alone, 1990.      An astonishing 37 stars (Harrison Ford,Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange, Sharon Stone, etc) were considered for the forgetful parents - nothing roles in a film written for and duly stolen by the stranded kid, Macauley Culkin. 
  23. Madonna, Dick Tracy, 1990.      High on the list of the titular star and director Warren Beatty for chanteuse Breathless Mahoney - except he knew her price would be too high. His affair with Madonna led to her agreement for scale - $1,440 a week. With her resulting album, she actually made...    $20m.
  24. Julia Roberts, Hook, 1990.       Michelle was in Tinkerbell wardrobe when Julia skipped off to Ireland with new lover Jason Patric in mid-shoot, causing delays in the over-stretched production.   Steven Spielberg said unless Julia reported back by a given date, she was out.  She camew back and proved so difficult the crew called her Tinkerhell.
  25. Jodie FosterThe Silence of the Lambs, 1991.
  26. Geena Davis, Thelma and Louise, 1991.
  27. Annette Bening, Bugsy, 1991.       Warren Beatty hired auteur pal James Toback to pen a script about the Las Vegas creator, gangster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel. The script arrived six years later! Now it was Beatty who wanted Pfieffer as his lover, Hollywood starlet Virginia Hill. Michelle passed, Stone was seen, Bening agreed - and against all the odds, after all the major conquests of his amazing sex life (Julie Christie, Joan Collins, Diane Keaton, Madonna, Barbra Streisand, Natalie Wood and an ridicoulusly guestimated 12,769 others), Beatty married her in 1992. Love at first sight. “He let out this growl,” Toback told Beatty biographer Peter Biskind. “A primordial yelp of love, lust, desire, enthusiasm...”
  28. Penelope Ann Miller, Other People's Money, 1991.      By the time Canadian director Norman   Jewison had accrued enough of the title, Hoffman-Pfeiffer, had became Danny DeVito-Miller. Totally turn off.
  29. Sharon Stone, Basic Instinct,  1991.

  30. Susan Sarandon, Lorzeno's Oil, 1992
    "It's this terrible inferiority complex she's got about not being educated," explained Australian director George Miller when, ever-honest, Michelle felt "she wasn't up to the role."  She wasn't a mother and felt inferior to the  IQ of Lorenzo's real mother, Micheala Odones. Susan refused to read the script until she knew that Pfeiffer was no longer part of the film. "Absolutely the right  people ended up in  the film," said Doctor George , "more by luck than design."

  31. Meg Ryan, Sleepless in Seattle, 1992.   Or… When Harry Met Sally Meets When Sam Met Suzy. Same writer, Nora Ephron. Same Sally - Meg Ryan in the second of three ephemeral movies with Tom Hanks. Also forgetting that romcoms are rarely plausible: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Nicole Kidman, Demi Moore, Julia Roberts. And a surprise Brit. Natasha Richardson.
  32. Julie   Kavner, This Is   My   Life, 1992.      Scenarist Nora Ephron's directing debut was a go at Fox   if she got Cher, Bette Midler or Pfeiffer - as a Jewish housewife-cum-comic from Queens! More suitable for Julie, aka the voice of Marge Simpsons  in the  toon series.
  33. Demi Moore, A Few Good Men, 1992.    Beauty can be a beast... Director Rob Reiner considered   her opposite Tom Cruise. Until casting director Jane Jenkins said: "If you put two of the most beautiful people in the world together,   the   audience   would be   disappointed   if there wasn't a love story."
  34. Laura Dern, Jurassic Park, 1992.
  35.  Uma Thurman, Pulp Fiction, 1993.
  36. Sharon Stone, Sliver, 1993.        "Sharon Stone was one, two and three on my dance card," said producer Bob Evans. Yet she had to be persuaded by him talking to other top ladies.
  37. Lena Olin, Mr Jones, 1993.     Quit as Richard Gere's shrink when beating the Swedish Olin to Catwoman in Batman Returns.
  38. Meryl Streep, The House of the Spirits, 1993.    Only Glenn Close remained from the Bening-Close-Pffeifer trio set for the film five years earlier.
  39. Sandra Bullock, Speed, 1993.   Although sharing the heroics and the driving of the bus-bomb with Keanu Reeves, most girls saw it as The Guy’s film. An amazing 36 refused to be Annie: Michelle, Rosanna Arquette, Kim Basinger, Halle Berry, Glenn Close (!), Geena Davis, Cameron Diaz, Carrie Fisher, Bridget Fonda, Jodie Foster, Melanie Griffith, Daryl Hannah, Mariska Hargitay, Barbara Hershey, Anjelica Huston, Diane Lane, Jessica Lange, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kay Lenz, Alyssa Milano, Demi Moore, Tatum O’Neal, Sarah Jessica Parker, Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan, Winona Ryder, Jane Seymour, Ally Sheedy, Brooke Shields, Meryl Streep (!), Emma Thompson (!), Meg Tilly, Marisa Tomei, Kathleen Turner, Sigourney Weaver and Debra Winger.

  40. Nicole Kidman, To Die For, 1994.  
    You aren’t anybody in America if you’re not on TV…”   Most bright young things agreed this was a role             to die for... t  he girl who would do anything (murder included) to get on TV, and stay there. They included Pfeiffer, Patricia Arquette, Jennifer Connelly, Joan Cusack, Bridget Fonda, Jodie Foster, Melanie Griffith, Darryl Hannah, Holly Hunter, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tatum O’Neal, Mary-Louise Parker, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Meg Ryan (passing up $5m), Brooke Shields, Uma Thurman. However, Debra Winger simply refused… and Kidman persuaded director Gus Van Sant that she was his destiny.

  41. Patricia Arquette, Beyond Rangoon, 1995.      Veteran UK director John Boorman craved her. She didn't wish to subject her newly adopted daughter to Malaysia  locations.
  42. Sigourney Weaver, Death And The Maiden, 1995.      Paris director Roman Polanski's leading lady in mid-1994 - after his idea about re-uniting the long separated Jack Nicholson-Anjelica Huston did not pan out. (Sean Penn   pulled that off that coup   for The Crossing Guard, 1995).
  43. Annette Bening, The American President, 1995,     Three years before it had   almost been President Robert Redford eloping with Michelle. They still managed to set   Up Close and Persona in1996.
  44. Sharon Stone, Casino, 1995.      Always planned   for Michelle, until becoming a golden opportunity for Sharon to remind Hollywood that she was, first and foremost, an actresss.   She   soon forgot that when she didn’t win her possible last shot at   an Oscar.... before playing Afghanistani   grannies with terminal cancer.

  45. Madonna, Evita, 1996.
    "I wish I’d done it - a dream role!   But not doing it was the right choice at the time. I was seven months pregnant when I started doing demos for [director] Oliver Stone singing 'Don't Cry For Me Argentina.' Then I had my son    and the timing was so wrong." Brit director Alan Parker was also keen but the overtures made to Michelle "outraged" producer Robert Stigwood and the musical's creators, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Tim Rice.  The fools!

  46. Rene Russo, Tin Cup, 1996.     Writer-director Ron Shelton saw "scads more girls" after Pfeiffer passed on playing golf with Kevin Costner.
  47. Milla Jovovich, The Fifth Element, France, 1996.    That was the 1993 plan - still opposite Bruce Willis.   Until realisateur Luc Besson (literally) fell in love with Milla.
  48. Ashley Judd, Double Jeopardy, 1999.     Rejected  Bruce Beresford's offer   - twice.   Jodie Foster also passed. "I still think people will find out that I'm really not very talented," Michelle said. "That I'm really not very good. That it's all just been a big sham."
  49. Demi Moore, Passion in Mind, 1998.      Originally developed for Pfeiffer during   a decade 's on-off history,   the project of a woman living parallel lives in France and America - was soon chased by Nicole Kidman, Meg Ryan, among others, until Demi snagged it.
  50. Angelina Jolie, Original Sin, 2000.    Michelle bought the rights to Cornell Woolrich’s pulp fiction. Waltz Into Darkness, and always intended to star in this re-make of Francois Truffaut’s 1968 version, La sirène du Mississippi. (His sevcond film from Woolrich, whose It Had to Be Murder was the basis for Hitchcock’s Rear Window). Finally, she simply produced, choosing Antonio Banderas and Jolie for the old Jean-Paul Belmondo/Catherine Denuve roles of coffee planter and his mail-order bride. 
  51. Halle Berry, Catwoman, 2004.      If they could only have come   up with a more comfortable suit... Her  Batman Returns  outfit in 1991 put her off the role for life.
  52. Nicole Kidman, Bewitched, 2004.      Who wants to play wriggly-nosed Samantha? Me, me, chorused... Jennifer  Aniston, Kim Basinger, Cameron Diaz, Heather Graham (who would have been quirkily great), Angelina Jolie, Lisa Kudrow (perfect!), Tatum O'Neal (not so much), Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan, Alicia Silverstone, Hilary Swank, Naomi Watts. Among others seen.  Over the years.

  53. Tilda Swinton, The Chronicles ogf Narnia:  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 2005.
    Passed on the White Witch. She'd not  made a movie since 2002.  Her kids were  asking:  When ya going back      to work, Ma?     "I wasn't reading anything that I wanted to commit to. But it's hard to know if I was being dismissive because maybe, subconsciously, I was ready to take a break."

  54. Hope Davis, Infamous, 2006.      A second Truman   Capote   biopic in twelve months - but   Slim Keith was a tiny role. Or, it was after Michelle rejected it. "I'm always inclined to talk myself out of work, though, It's a strange thing that I do. I get cold feet. I overthink."
  55. Virgina Madsen, A Prairie Home Companion, 2006.      Due as the Dangerous Woman in   what, alas, proved to be veteran US director Bob Altman’s last hurrah. Michelle finally came back in three films in 2007 in I Could Never Be Your Woman, Stardust and the Hairspray musical.
  56. Sienna Miller, Factory Girl, 2006.      Back in the 80s, Linda Fiorentino was set for… well, not exactly this script, but the same tragic life of Andy Warhol “superstar” Edie Sedgwick. Also in the 80s, Warren tried to persuade director Bob Fosse to make the bio-pic with Michelle Pfeiffer (or Molly Ringwald) and Al Pacino as Warhol. Bio-wise, Fosse was satisfied with just one, his own, All That Jazz, 1979 - refused by both Beatty and Pacino. Mike Nichols and Natalie Portman also discussed a film about the poor little rich girl, then collaborated on Closer, instead. Vogue’s “youthquake” was dead at 28.
  57. Katherine Heigl, Knocked Up, 2007.
  58. Juliana Marguiles, City Island, 2008.    First Michelle, then Marcia Gay Harden were impressed by  New York auteur Raymond De Felitta’s scenario but still passed on being Andy Garcia’s wife, Joyce,  in  one of those families never  sharing habits, aspirations, and careers with one another. 
  59. Meryl Streep, Into The Woods, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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