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Anna Friel

  1. Rachel Weisz, The Mummy, 1998.    Friel was in the frame - or tomb! - for Evy Carnahan - originally named Evelyn Carnarvon,  after the daughter of   the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, George Herbert, who funded Howard Carter’s search for King Tutankhamen's tomb in 1922.  Weisz stayed aboard for the first sequel - what else but The Mummy Returns, in 2000 - but not the second, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor(enter Jet Li) in 2007
  2. Clare Forlani, Boys and Girls, 1999.    Change of Jennifer for the fallout of two pals at Cal (University of California, Berkeley) having surprise sex before graduation.
  3. Helena Bonham Carter, Fight Club, 1999.    Among Sarah Michelle Gellar, Courtney Love, Winona Ryder   Reese Witherspoon, the Lancashire beauty was the outsider  vying for  Marla Singer  -  hanging out at   support groups because "it's cheaper than a movie, and there's free coffee, " Fox voted Reese. Reese veoted that idea.    UK director David Fincher got his way. Fox Daddy Rupert Murdoch hated the movie. And his studio chief, Bill Mechanic, was rapidly dumped.
  4. Claire Forlani, Boys and Girls, 1999.    Or, just one of each… Anna was the original choice  - then, she wasn’t - opposite Freddie Prinze Jr.  Their couple, said #1 US critic  Roger Ebert,  “might as well fall in love, since fate and the plot have given them nothing else to do and no one else to do it with.” So… boy meets girl at age 12. After ten  love/hate years they finally have sex. And that’s that. Over. End. Finis. 
  5. Cameron Diaz, Gangs of New York, 2001.    Versus Sarah Michelle Gellar again - but for another  nothing role. They just needed a girl on the poster... Jenny Everdeane was such a zero no one  remembers her impact (come again!) on the  1863 drama of  Daniel Day Lewis v Leonardo DiCaprio. Maybe if  director Martin Scorsese hadn’t been forced to cut one  entire hour...
  6. Michelle Williams, Me Without You, 2001.    Auditioned. While filming, Michelle had to constantly fly back and forth between the UK and the North Carolina, USA to work on her television series Dawson's Creek (1998)_
  7. Natalia Tena, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 2007. Pity she was turned down for Nymphadora Tonks. In JK Rowling’s Volume Six, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Tonks is romantically involved with Remus Lupin... played by Anna’s lover, David Thewlis. The producers voted for the Londoner Tena, who later joined Game of Thrones. What a double whammy!

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