Amanda Seyfried turned down huge Marvel role because she thought the movie would ‘bomb’
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Amanda Seyfried turned down an opportunity to be a part of the MCU because she thought Guardians of the Galaxy would ‘bomb’.
The actor has previously shared that she rejected a chance to play Gamora in the blockbuster movie and her reasoning was brilliant.
While speaking with The Hollywood Reporter’s ‘Awards Chatter podcast back in 2020, the actor said: “I didn’t want to be part of the first Marvel movie that bombed.
“I said, ‘Who wants to see a movie about a talking tree and a raccoon?’ Which is clearly — I was very wrong.”
The actor added: “The script was great, it was all based in not wanting to be ‘that guy'.
“Because if you are the star of a giant movie like that, and it bombs, Hollywood does not forgive you. I’ve seen that happen to people and it was a giant, giant fear and I thought, is it worth it?”
Director James Gunn ultimately cast Zoe Saldana for Gamora and the first film racked up USD $773.3 (AUD $1.1b or £633.1m) at the box office.
We can’t help but think Amanda is kicking herself right about now.
And while the ship has sailed for the actor to join the MCU, a Mean Girls sequel could be on the horizon for Seyfried.
The actor recently reunited with her co-star Lindsay Lohan while speaking with Interview Magazine.
At one point in the interview, Seyfried said of a potential sequel: “Tina [Fey] is busy. She’ll get around to it.”
Tina! Please try to make fetch happen!!
The actor also admitted she hadn't realised she had struck gold during shooting as Mean Girls was her first film.
She said: “I didn’t know how good it was going to be.”
While she initially feared she would be typecast as the dim-witted Karen Smith, she now loves when people bring up the film and its legacy.
She said: “Ten years ago I used to be like, ‘Yeah, yeah, I was Karen in Mean Girls, for f**k’s sake.’ Now I’m like, ‘I was Karen in Mean Girls!’ I’m very proud of it.”
The actor said she would would love to reprise her role on the Broadway stage in the film’s musical.
She told Interview Magazine: “I would kill just to do one week, all of us playing our own roles on Mean Girls on Broadway.”