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Hilary Swank

 

  1. Marla  Sokoloff, The Practice, TV, 1997-2004.      Avoiding such fleeting TV fame allowed her to become (after Luise Rainer  and Jodie Foster ) the third youngest woman in history to win two Best Actress Oscars (and inside five years).
  2. Renée Zellweger, Chicago, 2001.
  3. Jennifer Lopez, The Chambermaid, 2002.     Well, if  the romantic chambermaid role wasn’t tempting enough for Julia Roberts or Sandra  Bullock...
  4. Rachael Leigh Cook, 11:14, 2003.     Writer-director Greg Marcks offered Cheri in his second film. However,   Buzzy “spoke” to Hilary, even though the character was a man. She asked  the auteur to rewrite him as a her. And he did.
  5. Jennifer Garner, 13 Going On 30, 2003.      Suddenly Hilary, Gwyneth Paltrow and Renée Zellweger had to deal with a fresh rival - Jennifer, famous as the action-spy Sydney Bristow in Alias, TV, 2001-05.
  6. Nicole Kidman, Bewitched, 2004.     Who wants to play wriggly-nosed Samantha? Me, me, chorused... Jennifer Aniston, Kim Basinger, Cameron Diaz, Heather Graham Angelina Jolie, Lisa Kuxrow (perfect!), Tatum O'Neal (not so much), Gwyneth Paltrow, Michelle Pfeiffer, Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan, Alicia Silverstone, Naomi Watts. Among 35 possibles. Over the years.
  7. Vera Famiga, The Departed, 2005. ruled the roost (as per usual in a Martin Scorsese movie) but Vera held her own as Scorsese had also thought about Emily Blunt and Kate Winslet for the police shrink  before preferring a lesser known (cheaper?) actress.
  8. Maria Bello, World Trader Center, 2006.     Kevin Costner was attached at one  point to Oliver Stone’s film, with Swank as his wife.  The two actors had narrated the 9/ll docu, On Native Soil, 2006.
  9. Malin Ackerman, Watchmen, 2008.  Not so much “Who watches the watchmen?” as Aristotle asked, but who them playeth? As Alan Moore’s forcibly retired superheroes were called back to duty in an alternate 1985 America - Swank, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Connelly, Jamie Lee Curtis, Hilary Duff, Milla Jovovich, Hilary Swank were up for Laurie Jupiter, aka Silk Spectre II. Cast included actors playing Brezhnev, Castro, JFK and Jackie, Kissinger, Nixon, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Andy Warhol…The gang’s all here!
  10. Elizabeth Banks, Welcome to People, 2011.     They were at a Hollywood Reporter roundtable when they realised they had both fought for the same role - and lost it. At the same gathering, Annette Bening turned to Amy Adams: “Amy, you got it, didn't you?” Amy blushed and said: “I’m not getting into this.” In fact, she rejected the film to stay home with her baby daughter.
  11. Elizabeth Banks, People Like Us, 2011.     Being a double Oscar-winner doesn’t open every door… !  She wanted to be the sister that Chris Pine never knew he had but auteur Alex Kurtzman  banked on Elizabeth. 
  12. Jennifer Garner, Dallas Buyers Club, 2012.    The  double Oscar-winner was in then out as Dr Eve Saks, who helped AIDS medication fighter Ron Woodroof in  his battle  to supply AIDS victims (like himself) with “illegal”  medications, better than the US-approved ATZ. 
  13. Rachel Weisz, Oz the Great and Powerful, 2012.        Disneyland is no Oz. Yet having lost a bundle on the depressing Return To Oz, 1984, the Mouse House primed the pump anew for this dangerously titled flop. Also up for Evanora: Amy Adams, Kate Beckinsale, Rebecca Hall, Keira Knightley, Kristen Stewart. Director Sam Raimi’s favourites became Swank and Michelle Williams. Then, Weisz arrived out of the blue… and blew everyone away. And Williams excelled as Annie/Glinda.

 

 

 

 





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