Jennifer Aniston is still best known to viewers for the role of Rachel Green, which she played years ago in the cult series “Friends”. In 2002, she received an Emmy for her performance in production, and a year later a Golden Globe statuette. It turns out that playing in the famous sitcom absorbed her to such an extent that she turned down another interesting role.
Aniston was the first choice of the authors of the famous 2001 romantic comedy “Igraszki fate”. As revealed in an interview with “Insider” the director of the picture, Peter Chelsom, it was the series Rachel Green wanted to entrust the lead role.
“I clearly remember our meeting. Jennifer came over and immediately said she was doing a romantic comedy once a week in” Friends. “She obviously had too many things on her mind to get involved in another project. It was her decision. If she showed interest, we would definitely make her an offer “- recalls the filmmaker.
The comedy “Igraszki losu” made its debut in cinemas exactly 20 years ago. It is a story about two strangers who meet during Christmas shopping. The couple immediately fall in love with each other, but instead of exchanging phone numbers, they decide that destiny is to determine their future. Claire Forlani and Carla Gugino, who Chelsom reveals, “came very close to being hired” are also on the shortlist for the lead female role. Ultimately, however, it got Kate Beckinsale, who was co-starred on the screen by John Cusack.
Last year, Beckinsale told of an unpleasant incident involving Harvey Weinstein, a film producer convicted of multiple sexual crimes. By publishing photos of the film’s premiere, the actress revealed that the entire film crew opposed the decision to organize the event due to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, which had occurred just a few weeks earlier.
“We didn’t want to go there because it seemed simply indecent to organize a film premiere under these circumstances. But Harvey insisted,” Beckinsale confessed. In response to the star’s objections, Weinstein would later call her names. “I remember him screaming that I ruined its premiere. I didn’t know how to act, I was shaking all over,” recalled the actress.