21 Actors Who Were Called Too Handsome Or Ugly For A Role
I literally can’t imagine anyone thinking Winona Ryder is too ugly for a role, but here we are.
winona ryder recently spoken being told that she wasn’t attractive enough to be a star in the 80s. In particular, she has mentioned in the past that during an 80s specific audition, a casting director stopped mid-sentence and said, “You shouldn’t be an actress. You’re not pretty enough. You should go back where you came from. and you should go to school. You don’t have it.
by Winona stranger things On-screen costar and love interest David Harbor also discussed not being deemed attractive enough for the roles. When he had a small role in Brokeback Mountainhe says director Ang Lee told him he had to look better during a take.
Jessica Alba was also told she had to “look prettier” and “cry pretty” during her character’s death scene in Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer.
Emmy Rossum almost didn’t star as Fiona in Shameless because the producers felt that she was not capable of not being pretty. “They didn’t want to see me; they didn’t even want [let me] audition,” she said. “They thought my image was too glamorous, that I couldn’t not be pretty.”
Similarly, Jennifer Lawrence was originally turned down for her role in winter bone because she was “too pretty” – she had to prove to them that she was “not cute”.
Last month, Emma Thompson said she had been deemed “not pretty enough” by male executives to do nude scenes, leading to her losing roles. “I never conformed to the shape or appearance of someone they would want to see naked.”
Four weddings and a funeral Writer Richard Curtis didn’t want Hugh Grant to star in the film because he was too handsome.
And Andrew Garfield lost the role of Prince Caspian in the Chronicles of Narnia series because he “wasn’t good looking enough”.
Mindy Kaling wasn’t considered pretty enough to star herself in an unnamed skit early in her career. The network (which is no longer on the air, according to Kaling) offered her the show, but then had her audition for the role of herself and turned her down.
Alison Brie claims her past playing polished and ‘cute’ roles nearly prevented her from being cast as the least conventionally attractive Ruth in Shine.
Benedict Cumberbatch was originally deemed “not sexy enough” to play Sherlock in sherlock by BBC executives.
BBC executives would have thought the same of David Tennant as of Casanova in casanova, and wanted Moffat to choose someone sexier.
Conversely, Scarlett Johansson was “too sexy” to star in The girl with the dragon tattoo.
According to Kate Beckinsale, director Michael Bay didn’t think she was attractive enough for her role in wearing pearls because she “wasn’t blonde and [her] the breasts were no bigger than [her] head.”
Director Joe Wright originally didn’t want Keira Knightley to star in his film Pride and Prejudice because of its beautiful appearance.
After being recast following the pilot for Stumpville, Actor Mark Webber has taken to social media to talk about how he was allegedly fired for not being attractive enough.
Minnie Driver almost didn’t star in Goodwill hunting because the producer didn’t think she was “sexy enough”.
According to composer Anne Dudley, Poldark Executive producer Damien Timmer worried that women wouldn’t find star Aidan Turner attractive.
After being named “the sexiest woman alive” by Esquire in 2005, Jessica Biel said she had trouble finding work and was told by a director, “I’m not looking for the sexiest woman. sexy, I’m looking for the girl next door.”
Meryl Streep was considered ‘too ugly’ to star in King Kong.
And finally, Melissa De Sousa was considered “too pretty” to play an “unlucky stripper” in Bustle and flow.
Which of these was the most shocking? Do you have any other examples of actors being told they were too attractive or not attractive enough? Let us know in the comments!