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Jennifer Jason Leigh
 Roles turned down by Jennifer Jason Leigh:

The Accused
Jennifer Jason Leigh lost out to Jodie Foster for the role of Sarah Tobias on the final day of auditions.
Actor who got the part: Jodie Foster

American Gigolo
Jennifer Jason Leigh auditioned for the lead role, but lost out to Lauren Hutton.
Actor who got the part: Lauren Hutton

Batman Returns
Leigh was one of the actresses being considered for the role of Catwoman.
Actor who got the part: Michelle Pfeiffer

A Beautiful Mind
Jennifer Jason Leigh was considered for the role of Alicia Nash.
Actor who got the part: Jennifer Connelly

The Blue Lagoon
Jennifer Jason Leigh was the original choice for Emmeline. However, her father Vic Morrow turned down her offer.
Actor who got the part: Brooke Shields

Boogie Nights
The role of "Amber Waves" was offered to her by her friend, the writer-director, but she didn't want to be typecast as an actress who often plays addicted characters or women who make their living in the sex industry.
Actor who got the part: Julianne Moore

The Brown Bunny
Was considered for the lead role, but producers later decided that she was too old.
Actor who got the part: Chloe Sevigny

Charlie's Angels
Was considered for the part of Dylan when the project was in development before being filmed.
Actor who got the part: Drew Barrymore

Chicago
Leigh was considered by director Rob Marshall for the role of Roxie Hart.
Actor who got the part: Renee Zellweger

Death Becomes Her
Was a serious contender for the role of Helen Sharp.
Actor who got the part: Goldie Hawn

Desperately Seeking Susan
Jennifer Jason Leigh was considered to play the title character.
Actor who got the part: Madonna

Enchanted
Leigh was considered for the part of Narisa but was later turned down because she looked too young for the part.
Actor who got the part: Susan Sarandon

Eyes Wide Shut
Jennifer Jason Leigh was originally cast, but as the shoot continued for more than a year--Leigh left the project to pursue other commitments. She was replaced by Marie Richardson.
Actor who got the part: Marie Richardson

Fatal Attraction
Was considered for the role of Alex Forrest.
Actor who got the part: Glenn Close

Flashdance
Auditioned for the role of Alex Owens.
Actor who got the part: Jennifer Beals

The Fly
Was considered for the female lead role, but during pre-production, producers wanted an unknown, Geena Davis.
Actor who got the part: Geena Davis

Gangs of New York
Jennifer Jason Leigh was one of many actresses considered for the role of Jenny, because the project was in development for almost 30 years.
Actor who got the part: Cameron Diaz

Ghost
There's a longstanding rumor that Jennifer Jason Leigh won the part of Molly Jensen in "Ghost" and Demi Moore won the part in "Miami Blues". When Moore refused to star in the other film, both actresses switched parts.
Actor who got the part: Demi Moore

Hannah and Her Sisters
Had the role of Hannah but lost it to Mia Farrow when Woody Allen was forced to go with a more experienced star.
Actor who got the part: Mia Farrow

Hannibal
One of the many actresses considered when Jodie Foster refused to reprise her role as "Clarice Starling."
Actor who got the part: Julianne Moore

Happiness
Jennifer Jason Leigh auditioned for the role of Trish Maplewood.
Actor who got the part: Cynthia Stevenson

L.A. Confidential
Jennifer Jason Leigh turned down the lead role of Lynn.
Actor who got the part: Kim Basinger

Looker
Jennifer Jason Leigh turned down the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Susan Dey

Midnight Madness
Jennifer Jason Leigh was considered for the role of Donna.
Actor who got the part: Maggie Roswell

An Officer and a Gentleman
Was a serious contender for the lead role, but producers turned her down fearing she was too young for the part.
Actor who got the part: Debra Winger

The Piano
Jennifer Jason Leigh was offered a chance to meet with Jane Campion to read for the part of Ada, but she couldn't make it because she was shooting Rush at the time.
Actor who got the part: Holly Hunter

Pretty Baby
Was running strong for the role of Violet, but producers wanted a young actress, Brooke Shields. Brooke Shields was relatively unknown until the controversy of the movie.
Actor who got the part: Brooke Shields

Pretty Woman
Leigh auditioned and won the part of Vivian, but she later changed her mind and turned it down.
Actor who got the part: Julia Roberts

Prizzi's Honor
Was considered for the role of Maerose, but director John Huston feared she was too young for the part.
Actor who got the part: Anjelica Huston

Proof
Jennifer Jason Leigh was considered to play Catherine.
Actor who got the part: Gwyneth Paltrow

Ruby
Leigh turned down the role of Candy Jane.
Actor who got the part: Sherilyn Fenn

Sex, Lies, and Videotape
Jennifer Jason Leigh was writer-director Steven Soderbergh's first choice for the role of Cynthia, but she turned it down to do Miami Blues. Laura San Giacomo was finally cast.
Actor who got the part: Laura San Giacomo

Spread
Jennifer Jason Leigh signed on for the female lead but turned it down when she got pregnant, and was replaced by Anne Heche.
Actor who got the part: Anne Heche

Superman
Was considered for the role of Lois Lane, but producers turned her down because she was too young.
Actor who got the part: Margot Kidder

Superman III
Was set to star as Lana Lang, but lost the role to Annette O'Toole.
Actor who got the part: Annette O'Toole

Taxi Driver
Jennifer Jason Leigh was among the finalists for the role of Iris who lost to Jodie Foster.
Actor who got the part: Jodie Foster

The Terminator
According to director James Cameron, Jennifer Jason Leigh narrowly missed out on the role of Sarah Connor to Linda Hamilton.
Actor who got the part: Linda Hamilton

Unfaithful
Reportedly wanted the role of Connie but Adrian Lyne turned her down.
Actor who got the part: Diane Lane

Working Girl
Auditioned for the role of Tess McGill.
Actor who got the part: Melanie Griffith






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