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Melanie Griffith
 Roles turned down by Melanie Griffith:

28 Days
The blonde Oscar nominee was in contention to play Sandra Bullock's about-to-be-married sister.
Actor who got the part: Elizabeth Perkins

The Accidental Tourist
Melanie Griffith was considered to play "Muriel".
Actor who got the part: Geena Davis

The Adventurers
Melanie Griffith turned down the role of Sue Ann Daley.
Actor who got the part: Candice Bergen

As Good as It Gets
Griffith was considered for the role of Carol.
Actor who got the part: Helen Hunt

Basic Instinct
Melanie Griffith was considered for the role of Carherine Tramell.
Actor who got the part: Sharon Stone

Batman
Was considered for the role of Vicki Vale. Later, she claimed that "Basinger was brilliant as Vicki".
Actor who got the part: Kim Basinger

Bewitched
In development for over 10 years, Melanie Griffith was originally going to star, but went the project was shelved until it went into production, Griffith was too old for the part.
Actor who got the part: Nicole Kidman

Blaze
Melanie Griffith had been mentioned to play beautiful young stripper Blaze Starr, the lover of the governor of Louisiana, played by Paul Newman. The role was given to Lolita Davidovich who would eventually be director Ron Shelton's wife.
Actor who got the part: Lolita Davidovich

Blow Out
Griffith turned down director Brian De Palma's offer for her to play the female lead.
Actor who got the part: Nancy Allen

The Blue Lagoon
Melanie Griffith auditioned for the role of Emmeline, but turned it down.
Actor who got the part: Brooke Shields

Breaking The Waves
Melanie Griffith was offered the female lead role, but the director opted for the younger Emily Watson.
Actor who got the part: Emily Watson

The Bridges of Madison County
Melanie Griffith auditioned for the role of Francesca Johnson.
Actor who got the part: Meryl Streep

Bull Durham
Was considered for the female lead role. However, she was starring in "Working Girl" at the time.
Actor who got the part: Susan Sarandon

Carrie
Griffith auditioned for the role of Carrie.
Actor who got the part: Sissy Spacek

Casino
Martin Scorsese came very close to casting her as the trophy wife of Robert De Niro.
Actor who got the part: Sharon Stone

Darkman
Considered for the role of Julie Hastings.

Deconstructing Harry
Was considered for the role of Jane, but backed out due to pregnacy.
Actor who got the part: Amy Irving

Desperately Seeking Susan
Melanie Griffith auditioned for the part of Susan.
Actor who got the part: Madonna

Dick Tracy
Melanie Griffith turned down the lead.
Actor who got the part: Madonna

Dressed to Kill
The star rebuffed director Brian De Palma's offer.
Actor who got the part: Nancy Allen

The Exorcist
According to an interview, Melanie Griffith tested for the part of Regan.
Actor who got the part: Linda Blair

Flashdance
Auditioned for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Jennifer Beals

Grandview, U.S.A.
Griffith turned down the role of Mike due to scheduling conflicts.
Actor who got the part: Jamie Lee Curtis

The Grifters
Griffith turned down the Lilly Dillon role.
Actor who got the part: Anjelica Huston

The Hotel New Hampshire
Melanie Griffith turned down the lead role, to work in "Body Double".
Actor who got the part: Jodie Foster

Jurassic Park
Melanie Griffith was one of the actresses who tested for the role of Ellie Sattler.
Actor who got the part: Laura Dern

King Kong
Melanie Griffith did a screen testing for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Jessica Lange

L.A. Confidential
Melanie Griffith turned down the role that brought back Kim Basinger to the spotlight.
Actor who got the part: Kim Basinger

Mamma Mia!
Melanie Griffith was rumored to play the part of Donna Sheridan.
Actor who got the part: Meryl Streep

Out of Africa
Melanie Griffith auditioned for the part of Karen Blixen.
Actor who got the part: Meryl Streep

Pretty Baby
Melanie Griffith turned down the lead role, since she didn't want to play a child prostitute.
Actor who got the part: Brooke Shields

Pulp Fiction
Melanie Griffith was considered to play Mia Wallace.
Actor who got the part: Uma Thurman

Scarface
Melanie Griffith auditioned to play "Elvira Hancock".
Actor who got the part: Michelle Pfeiffer

The Seven Year Itch
In the early 1980s, 20th Century Fox was working in a remake of the 1955 classic comedy with Marilyn Monroe. Al Pacino and Melanie Griffith were going to play the roles played by Tom Ewell and Marilyn Monroe respectively. However, the project was shelved.
Actor who got the part: Film Not Made

The Sheltering Sky
Bernardo Bertolucci asked Griffith to play the lead but she turned it down because she was pregnant at that time.
Actor who got the part: Debra Winger

Six Days Seven Nights
Melanie Griffith turned down the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Anne Heche

Star 80
Director Bob Fosse decided at the last minute on using another actress to play doomed starlet Dorothy Stratten.
Actor who got the part: Mariel Hemingway

The Stepford Wives
A very young Melanie Griffith screen tested for the role of Joanna Ingalls Eberhart, and came close to get the part.
Actor who got the part: Katharine Ross

Taxi Driver
Melanie Griffith was offered by Martin Scorsese to play Iris, the 12-year-old young prostitute, but withdrew.
Actor who got the part: Jodie Foster

The Terminator
Griffith turned down the role of Sarah Connor, because director James Cameron feared she was somewhat old for the character. The original screenplay had Sarah Connor as a 19 years old, but her age was raised to 26 to fit into Linda Hamilton's age.
Actor who got the part: Linda Hamilton

Thelma and Louise
Melanie Griffith turned down an offer to play Thelma.
Actor who got the part: Geena Davis

The Woman in Red
Turned down the lead role due to scheduling conflicts.
Actor who got the part: Kelly LeBrock






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