Cameron Diaz (1972-?)
- 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: Diaz, Rosanna Arquette, Kim Basinger, Halle Berry, Glenn Close (!), Geena Davis, 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, Michelle Pfeiffer, 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.
- Bridgette Wilson, Mortal Kombat, 1994. A broken wrist ruled Diaz out of the heavy action in the $20m debut of the franchise based on the video game. For doing all her own stunts, director Paul W.S Ancdrfson called Wilson: RoboBabe. However, the 1990 Miss Teen USA and future wife of tennis ace Pete Sampras was too young to be convincing was not hired for the next films and TV series.
- Mira Sorvino, Mighty Aphrodite, 1994. “You didn’t want a blow job so the least I get you was a tie…” Woody Allen’s first choice for Linda Ash was busy. Woody hated the high-pitched tones Sorvino used in her test. He went to London to promote Bullets Over Broadway and see UK actresses. Sorvino went, too, calling on him at the Dorchester Hotel - dressed as the hooker character. “She was dressed so tarty,” said Woody, “I’m surprised they let her up.”
- Sofia Shinas, The Crow, 1994. The model globetrotter lost The Crow - but won The Mask in the same year. And that debut (more much more screentime) was the end of modeling.
- Julia Ormond, Sabrina, 1995. Even before the bad casting, director Sydney Pollack's totally unnecessary re-make was already a gross error of judgement. He tested Juliette Binoche and dancer Darcy Bissell and considered Delpy, Sandra Bullock, Julie Delpy, Cameron Diaz, Demi Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robin Wright, Catherine Zeta-Jones. All better suited than Ormond. So it blows.
- Bridgette Wilson, Mortal Kombat, 1995. For director Paul WS Anderson’s movie of the video-game, Diaz, Dina Meyer (Starship Troopers) and Sharon Stone were beaten to hardboiled cop Sonya Blade by… well, she was still plain Wilson at the time, five years before marrying a certain US tennis champ and becoming Bridgette Wilson-Sampras
- Courtney Love, The People vs Larry Flynt, 1996. “I got to meet [Czech director] Milos Forman and Courtney was the first person I thought about. I was a big fan of her music.”
- Jennifer Lopez, Money Train, 1996. Imagine it - the three unknowns auditioning to be Wesley Snipes’ co-star were: Diaz, Jennifer Lopez and the Latino (from Wales), Catherine Zeta-Jones.
- Renée Zellweger, Jerry Maguire, 1996. Diaz was saved for the next Cameron Crowe-Tom Cruise movie, Vanilla Sky, 2001. And walked on, with Crowe, as train passengers, in the next Cruise movie, Minority Report, 2002.
- Kate Winslet, Titanic, 1996.
- Reese Witherspoon, American Psycho, 1999. There was one ignoble moment in the tangled web of filming Bret Easton Ellis’ novel when Oliver Stone replaced Mary Harrron as director, before he quit and she returned… using one only of Stone’s line-up. And that was not Diaz as Evelyn.
- Jennifer Love Hewitt, Heartbreakers, 2000. An early plan was Diaz as Page aka Wendy aka Jane opposite Cher as her mother Angela aka Max aka Ulga. Yes, they were a scam team, seducing and fleecing old men. Like Gene Hackman.
- Renée Zellweger, Bridget Jones’ Diary, 2001. She lost but helped stave off the attack from true Brits Rachel Weisz and (the perfect Bridget) Kate Winslet .
- Anne Hathaway, The Princess Diaries, 2001. Among 22 youngstars (Jessica Alba to Reese Witherspoon) rejecting the awkward San Francisco teenager being groomed (by Julie Andrews!) to inherit the Genovia throne - after director Garry Marshall’s (rather surprising) first choice of Juliette Lewis quit.
- Kirsten Dunst, Spider-Man, 2001.
- Renée Zellweger, Chicago, 2002..
- Tea Leoni, Fun with Dick and Jane, 2004. Her hectic schedule stopped Charlize being Jane - opposite Jim Carrey’s Dick.
- Eva Mendes, Hitch, 2004. Er, this is the 21st Century… ? Will Smith said Sara was supposed to be white but the suits said an interacial couple was taboo. Same suits nixed a black actress - as two blacks didn’t make a white audience. Hispanic ? OK, no problem. They already had the perfect girl - the ravishing Mendes. So despite his box-office clout, Smith had no power at all as star and producer - not, even, apparently, to walk away in disgust
- Nicole Kidman, Bewitched, 2005. Kidman was (inexplicably) up for everything that year, so no chance for Cameron, Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow or Alicia Silverstone.
- Laurie Holden, Silent Hill, 2005. French realisateur Christophe Gans first chased Cameron for the role of Cybil for the film of the video game.
- Kate Bosworth, Superman Returns, 2006.
- Katherine Heigl, Knocked Up, 2007.
- Kate Hudson, Nine, 2009.