Rachel Griffiths


  1. Courtney Love, The People vs Larry Flynt, 1996.    The subject was the porno king behind America’s Hustler magazine – a more gynecological version of Playboy.  T0 be played by Woody Harrelson. But who should be his wife, a bisexual stripper named Althea Leasure? Patricia Arquette, Showgirls’ Elizabeth Berkley, Georgina Cates, Cameron Diaz, Rachel Griffiiths, Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino (too busy playing Marilyn) – and Kimberly Williams-Paisley,who refused all nudity. Finally, Czech director Milos Forman chose  Kurt Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love.  Well, she had once been a stripper, herself.  ‘I’m not a woman, I’m a force of nature.”   Love wanted to write to Rachel, apologising for winning the role. “I just thought she was a really good actress but you had a hard time seeing her say fuck!” Not when she made it big as Brenda Chenoweth in Alan Ball’s Six Feet Under, TV, 2001-05.
  2. Renée Zellweger, Bridget Jones’s Diary, 2001.        Among the more sensible (if a trifle old) choices of Tilda Swinton and Emma Thompson – compared to the such idiotically beautiful ideas for the dumpy dowdy as Nicole Kidman, and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
  3. Renée Zellweger, Chicago, 2001.
  4. Jennifer Connelly, A Brilliant Mind, 2001.   If the choice of the right actor to  portray the schizophrenic Noble Prize-winning mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr was vital,  selecting his screen wife was even more so   – hence an Oscar for Connelly and not for Russell Crowe.  The other candidates included Julie Bowen, Toni Collette, Claire Danes, Geena Davis, Kirsten Dunst, Portia De Rossi, Claire Forlani, Rachel Griffiths, Teri Hatcher, Famke Janssen, Ashley Judd, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Catherine McCormack, Mary McCormick, Mia Maestro, Rhona Mitra, Julia Ormond, Amanda Peet, Christina Ricci, Meg Ryan, Chloe Sevigny, Alicia Silverstone, Mira Sorvino, Hilary Swank, Charlize Theron, Uma Thurman, Rachel Weisz.  PS Emily Watson was rejected as “too British” – while Salma Hayek was seen because  Alicia Nash came from El; Salvador… which must have meant the others were too American, Australian, South African, etc.    Director Ron Howard seemed to forget they were all actresses. Odd that, as he used to be one.




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