Julia Roberts Wasn’t the First Choice for ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’

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FILM ‘MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING’ BY PJ HOGAN (Photo by Ronald Siemoneit/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)

According to a new report from news.com.authe 1997 romantic comedy The wedding of my best friend could have been very different. Julia Roberts, who played the film’s leading lady, Julianne Potter, was not the first choice for the beloved film. Instead, Sarah Jessica Parker was first offered the role.

The post says Parker turned down the job because she was filming the sex and the city series which first aired in 1998. In turn, Drew Barrymore, who was to appear as “Kimberley Wallace”, was replaced by Cameron Diaz on Roberts’ recommendation. And apparently the award-winning actress also influenced the casting of the film’s male lead, Dermot Mulroney.

The comedy follows Potter who has fallen in love with his close friend Michael O’Neal as he announces his speedy engagement to another woman. The food critic, heartbroken, tries to break up the couple and destroy the marriage.

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NEW YORK CITY – JUNE 17: Actor Rupert Everett, director PJ Hogan, actress Julia Roberts, actor Dermot Mulroney and actress Cameron Diaz attend the ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ New York premiere on June 17, 1997 at the Sony Theaters Lincoln Square in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

Roberts’ new involvement in the film meant that the film’s ending had to be rewritten. According to director PJ Hogan, the production studio wasn’t sure viewers would react to an unhappy ending for “America’s Sweetheart.”

“[TriStar Pictures were] very nervous because we were doing a Julia Roberts movie and they couldn’t have [America’s sweetheart] end up alone and unhappy,” Hogan said The sun in 2017 (by Weekly entertainment.)

“It would have been such a depressing ending if George hadn’t shown up,” the director added. “That scene kind of gave the audience permission to forgive Julianne. Those last five minutes really made the whole movie work.

Roberts isn’t the only actress to be the second choice for a later iconic role. Jessica Simpson was first cast as Allie Hamilton in Notebook before turning it down due to a sex scene. Rachel McAdams took the role instead.

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