Annie Potts

  1. Sandra  Bernhard,  The   King   of Comedy,   1983.     There are auditions and there are auditions…   “There I was,” recalled Annie, “nine months pregnant, trying to play this scene, being observed by the actor I was supposed   to be playing  the scene with,  acting the scene with this woman –   playing the part of a man   –   who  had a lateral lisp.   Someplace in   the middle   of the scene,   reality,  or the lack of it, kind of shifted… “Why am I here? What am I doing?” At that moment, my sweatpants fell down – in front of De Niro, who was sitting back on the couch like… I mean,   honestly, he could have   been on another planet.   I just pulled up my sweatpants and walked out.”
  2. Mia Farrow, Hannah and Her Sisters, 1985.    The most unknown of the women in the Woody Allen mix for Hannah.  The others were Kim Basinger, Jessica Lange and Jennifer Jason Leigh before he relied on Farrow for a fifth time. And being Mia, she had  “a small sick feeling” that the scriptrevealed Woody’s feelings for her youngerr sister while he’d really been inspired by the sisters in Anna Karenina!
  3. Catherine O’Hara, Home Alone, 1990.    For the zero roles of Macauley Culkin’s forgetful parents (in a film written for and duly stolen by him), an astonishing 66 stars were considered – including 32 later seen for the hot lovers in Basic Instinct:Kim Basinger, Stockard Channing, Glenn Close, Kevin Costner, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Douglas, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Linda Hamilton, Daryl Hannah, Marilu Henner, Anjelica Huston, Helen Hunt, Holly Hunter, Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, Christopher Lloyd, Jack Nicholson, Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Annie Potts, Kelly Preston, Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan, Martin Sheen, Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, John Travolta.   Other near Moms were Kirstie Alley, Lynda Carter, Kim Cattrall, Geena Davis, Laura Dern, Jennifer Grey, Gates McFadden, Kelly McGillis, Bette Midler, Ally Sheedy, Mary Steenburgen, Debra Winger… and the inevitable unknown: Maureen McCormick, part of The Brady Bunch  for seven 1981 chapters.
  4. Glenn Close, Fatal Attraction, 1987.
  5. Sharon Stone, Basic Instinct, 1991.
  6. Rita Wilson, Raise Your Voice, 2004.   Everything changed – every thing!The director (James Hayman into Sean McNamara), the performing arts school kids (Evan Rachel Wood and Jonathan Jackson into Duff and Oliver James), Mom Annie Potts into Rita Wilson,New York into LA and… right, it was first titled Christian Music Project.










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