#SoundsAboutWhite: Julia Roberts Was Once Suggested to Play Harriet Tubman

Nov 19, 2019 22:05


Julia Roberts was suggested to play Harriet Tubman by studio exec, says Harriet screenwriter https://t.co/9XlW4oF6gl
- Entertainment Weekly (@EW) November 20, 2019

Today in "Ha, wow, they....they really did that.", it was revealed by Gregory Allen Howard ("Harriet" screen writer) that way back in the year 1994, they were working on another Harriet ( Read more... )

race / racism, casting / auditions, julia roberts

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saintclaire87 November 20 2019, 04:37:33 UTC
I saw that Julia was trending and was like uh oh, but I did not expect this bullshit. lol

But it's not really surprising since way back then, they would not let Julia and Denzel kiss in the Pelican Brief.

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whereisglory November 20 2019, 04:58:28 UTC
That was all Denzel, though. Julia was all for it but Denzel insisted on no-kissing.

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kels November 20 2019, 05:21:50 UTC
Their characters do become romantically involved in the book, but Denzel thought that the audience didn't want to see an interracial romance, so he was the one who nixed the idea for the film.

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maltwhitman November 20 2019, 06:39:35 UTC
I remember my screenwriting professor saying mainstream movies with an interracial or gay couple can only work if they don't end up happy together. He said that's why Brokeback Mountain worked. He said that's why Rise of the Planet of the Apes was good lmao.

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tucker November 20 2019, 04:38:19 UTC

... )

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shabelles November 20 2019, 04:40:25 UTC
i love this gif

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yami_no_hoshi November 20 2019, 04:55:50 UTC
Exactly what I thought of

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pretensetious November 20 2019, 04:58:02 UTC
LMAO

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rhapsodeeinblue November 20 2019, 04:39:13 UTC
No way... HOW??

Also 1994 was a big year for movies now that I'm looking it up

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masterofmystery November 20 2019, 04:40:16 UTC
just saw this on twitter even before clicking it:

Julia Roberts
Trending with: Scarlett Johansson

sounds about right

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brennans November 20 2019, 04:40:49 UTC
i guess scarlett passed on the role?

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andisprohi November 20 2019, 05:39:07 UTC
Harriet tried to pass on the role, too

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analievelyn November 20 2019, 06:54:32 UTC
i think you mean Tilda Swinton. Scarlett would have been too young

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