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Cameron Diaz (1972-?)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.”
  4. 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.
  5. 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.   
  6. Sharon Stone, Casino, 1994. The role? Robert De Niro’s ex-show-cum-call-girl wife in Martin Scorsese takedown of the Mafia running the biz called Las Vegas.  Michelle Pfeiffer felt it was too close to her 1982 Scarface. (It was also close to Goodfellasbut that didn’t hinder the De Niro-Joe Pesci-Scorsese trinity). Ex-porn queen Traci Lords nearly won after an impressive test.  Likewise, Madonna. Amber Smith also tested and De Niro got her into  Faithfuland  Abel Ferrar’s The Funeral. Also seen: Cameron Diaz, Melanie Griffith, Nicole Kidman, Rene Russo and Uma Thurman.  "I want to be good enough to work with Robert De Niro,” Sharon Stone had told her drama coach. This time she was. Never again.
  7. 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.
  8. Renée  Zellweger, Jerry Maguire, 1996.     “You had me at Hello…” Once Tom Hanks passed and Tom Cruise breathed a sigh of relief, auteur Cameron Crowe started searching for The Girl: Dorothy Boyd.   Diaz, Patricia Arquette, Bridget Fonda, Janeane Garofalo, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lopez, Courtney Love, Parker Posey, Molly Ringwald, Winona Ryder, Mira Sorvino, Marisa Tomei, Uma Thurman, even Zellweger, came and went. Recommended by Edward Burns (one of the Jerry possibles), Connie Britton made a good test with Cruise and she was Dorothy - depending on Zellweger’s call back meeting with him. “We have video of that because I was filming,” Crowe told Mike Fleming Jr for Deadline Hollywood’s 20-years-later feature in 2017, “and you just see something happen when Tom sees her. He lights up… As Jerry discovers Dorothy, we discover Renée. That was a very personal thing for me and the way I feel about movies.”
  9. 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.”
  10. Jennifer Lopez, Money Train, 1996.        Imagine it - the three unknowns auditioning to be Wesley Snipes’ co-star were: Diaz,  Lopez and the Latino (from Wales), Catherine Zeta-Jones.

  11. Kate Winslet, Titanic, 1996.
  12. 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.
  13. Kate Hudson, Almost Famous, 2000.    Looking for his Penny Lane groupie in his semi-autobiographical look back to his Rolling Stone reporter daze, auteur Cameron Crowe saw 47 of LA’s bright young things… Christina Applegate, Selma Blair, Lara Flynn Boyle, Neve Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Claire Danes, Cameron Diaz, Eliza Dushku, Jenna Elfman, Jennie Garth, Maggie Gyllenhal, Alyson Hannigan, Angie Harmon, Anne Heche, Katherine Heigl, Jordan Ladd, Kimberly McCullough (busier as a TV director these days), Rose McGowan, Bridget Moynahan, Brittany Murphy, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laura Prepon, Lindsay Price, Rebecca Romijn, Winona Ryder, Chloë Sevigny, Marley Shelton Tori Spelling, Mena Suvari, Uma Thurman, Liv Tyler, Lark Voorhies.  Plus the English Saffron Burrows, Anna Friel, Thandiwe Newton and Rachel Weisz, Madrid’s Penélope Cruz, the French Charlotte Gainsbourg, Canada’s Natasha Henstridge, Ukrainian Milla Jovovich, Scottish Kelly McDonald, Israeli Natalie Portman, German Franka Potente, Australian Peta Wilson and Welsh Catherine Zeta-Jones.  And the winner, Canada’s Sarah Polley, simply split. (Silly girl).  Crowe then chose Kate  (previously booked  for Anita) because “she seemed more like a free spirit.”  But, but, but… Chloë  was the freest spirit in all Hollywood. As she proved two years later in The Brown Bunny.
  14. 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.
  15. 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 bring thesassy, 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, Gwneth 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.
  16. 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 .
  17. 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.
  18. Kirsten Dunst, Spider-Man, 2001.
  19. Renée Zellweger, Chicago, 2002.
  20. Queen Latifah, Chicago, 2001.
  21. Tea Leoni, Fun with Dick and Jane, 2004.       Her hectic schedule stopped Charlize being Jane - opposite Jim Carrey’s  Dick.
  22. 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.

  23. Nicole Kidman, Bewitched, 2004.    
    For inexplicable reasons, Hollywood kept trying to make a movie out of the  1968-1972 ABC sitcom about a good-looking witch and a Dagwood husband.  In 1993, Penny Marshall was going to direct Meryl Streep as Samantha, then passed the reins to Ted Bissell and he died in 1996 when his Richard Curtis script was planned as Melanie Griffths’ comeback.  Nora Ephron co-wrote and directed this lumbering version about an ego-driven actor trying to save his career with a Bewitcherd re-hash, but with the emphasis on him (of course) as Darrin, rather than the unknown he chose for Samatha because she can wiggle her nose…  (You didn’t need a nose to know it stank).  Over the years, 37 other ladies were on the Samantha wish-list. Take a deep breath… Kate Beckinsale, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Connelly, Cameron Diaz, Heather Graham, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd, Julianne Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Michelle Pfeiffer, Molly Ringwald, Meg Ryan, Winona Ryder, Brooke Shields, Charlize Theron, Naomi Watts, Renee Zellweger.  Plus seven Oscar-winners:  Kim Basinger, Tatum O’Neal, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon… two Friends: Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow…eleven other TV stars: Christina Applegate, Patricia Arquette, Kristin Davis, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Helen Hunt, Jenny McCarthy, Alyssa Milano, Brittany Murphy, Sarah Jessica Parker, Alicia Silverstone… even  Drew Barrymore and Uma Thurman, who had already re-kindled Charlie’s Angels and The Avengers.

  24. Laurie Holden, Silent Hill, 2005.      French realisateur Christophe Gans  first chased Diaz for the role of Cybil for the film of the video game. 
  25. Kate Bosworth, Superman Returns, 2006.
  26. Katherine Heigl, Knocked Up, 2006.
  27. Kate Hudson, Nine, 2009. 
  28. Judy Greer, Men, Women & Children, 2013.   Diaz passed  Donna Clint to Greer in auteur  Jason Reitman’s take on Chad Kultygen’s novel about how young and old deal with the social changes caused by the Internet.  
  29. Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns, 2017.   When Walt Disney made the first Poppins, he mused over Bette Davis, Angela Lansbury or Mary Martin for Mary but by 1963, he had only one star in mind. Julie Andrews. For this reboot, Disney suits went through no less than 37 contenders... Two Desperate Housewives:Kristin Davis, Teri Hatcher. Two Friends:Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow. Two Brat Packers: Molly Ringwald, Winona Ryder.  Two of the three authors of The Penis Song: Christina Aplegate, Cameron Diaz. Three sirens: Kim Basinger, Heather Graham Uma Thurman. Four ex-child stars: Drew Barrymore, Alyssa Milano, Tatum O’Neal, Brooke Shields. Ten Oscar-winners: Sandra Bullock, Helen Hunt, Angelina Jolie, Julianne Moore, Tatum O‘Neal, Julia Roberts, Hilary Swank, Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger. Plus: Patricia Arquette, Melanie Griffith, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Peiffer, Meg Ryan, Alicia Silverstone, Naomi Watts. But just two Brits: Kate Beckinsale  - and the winning Emily.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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