Nicole Eggert

  1. Maia Brewton,  Adventures in Babysitting, 1986.    Hanging around since the 60s, the Gremlins  writer Chris Columbus’ directing debut had a dozen girls in the mix for Chris –  from Jane Fonda in the 60s to Bridget Fonda in  the 80s. Only three  were in contention  for Sara: Brewton, Eggert… and Christina Applegate, also vying with Brewton for… 
  2. Juliette Lewis, Cape Fear, 1991.  The great unknown of 18 others – Christina Applegate, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Shannen Doherty, Bridget Fonda, Jodie Foster, Helen Hunt, Nicole Kidman, Diane Lane, Jennifer Jason  Leigh, Alyssa Milano, Demi Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Molly Ringwald, Meg Ryan, Winona Ryder, Brooke Shields, Tiffani Thiessen, Reese Witherspoon – considered by Steven Spielberg and, later, Martin Scorsese for  the teen daughter of Nick Nolte and Jessica Lange: Danielle Bowden.  (Nancy in the 1962 original). Some found it too sexy and, indeed, this future Baywatch  TV blonde could never have equalled the on-heat musk of Juliette’s totally improvised – and one take – seduction scene with Robert De Niro.
  3. Angelina Jolie, Lara Croft, Tomb Raider, 2000. For the girls, Lara Croft is their James Bond.  Well, more of a sexy Indiana Jones.  And 22 hopefuls wanted to bringther sassy, video-game adventurer to life. Demi More was, perhaps, the most keen, but who was simply disregarded. Christina Applegate, Drew Barrymore, Victoria Beckham, Sandra Bullock, Cameron Diaz, Nicole Eggert, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Kate Hudson, Elizabeth Hurley, Ashley Judd, Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anna Nicole Smith (a joke, surely), Catherine Zeta-Jones were considered. Fairuza Balk, Natalie Cassidy, Kirsten Dunst and Milla Jovovich auditioned while Denise Richards, Charlize Theron, Uma Thurman and Liv Tyler simply refused. And Lara’s guy (who fled the sequel) was Daniel Craig – complete with a Walther PPK pistol that he would use again as 007 in Casino Royale, 2005.

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