1. - Whoopi Goldberg, The Deep End of the Ocean, 1998. The daily chat show of the wealthiest woman on US TV got in the way of her playing Candy Bliss.
2. - Jill Scott, The #1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, TV, 2008-09. The TV tycoon, Whoopie Goldberg and Queen Latifah were overly obvious choices while Grammy-winning singer Scott proved totally refreshing as novelist Alexander McCall Smith’s amateur but canny Botswana ‘tec, Mma Precious Ramotswe. The pilot was the last work of Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack. Apparently, 18 African actresses were also tested but no one seems to have logged their names...
3. - Macy Gray, The Paperboy, 2011. Anita, the maid, had just four lines… At the time. Being rejected by the tele-maven was a blessing in disguise for director Lee Daniels. “In hindsight, I can’t imagine Oprah on the floor trying to masturbate. Everybody has [their] own interpretation. She would’ve played it very stoic, you know, something very different.” He just felt to Grammy Award-winning singer Macy Gray proved the right choice and “evolved” the role for her. Winfrey accepted a role in Daniels’ next film, The Butler.