Studio exec wanted Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman: screenwriter
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Picture it as “Pretty Woman” meets the Underground Railroad.
A studio executive once suggested Julia Roberts play abolitionist Harriet Tubman, according to screenwriter Gregory Allen Howard.
In a Q&A about the 25-year journey it took Howard to get his Tubman biopic produced, Allen said “the climate in Hollywood … was very different” in the 1990s and pointed to the extremely baffling casting suggestion he received when he originally began working on the script in 1994.
“I was told how one studio head said in a meeting, ‘This script is fantastic. Let’s get Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman,’” Allen explained. “When someone pointed out that Roberts couldn’t be Harriet, the executive responded, ‘It was so long ago. No one is going to know the difference.’”
November 21, 2019 at 6:48 PM #228606Mr. Mickeys MomModerator
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OH… Yeah…. I see the resemblance…..
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November 21, 2019 at 7:29 PM #228624GZeusHParticipant
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Put some big white buttons on Julia’s top, and you couldn’t tell the difference!
November 21, 2019 at 8:04 PM #228638A Simple GameParticipant
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Well one of them does have longer hair, but for the life of me I can’t tell which one she is.
November 21, 2019 at 7:11 PM #228615NV WinoModerator
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November 21, 2019 at 9:35 PM #228678bazukhovParticipant
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I’ll bet the real Harriet could act better than the real Julia.
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