Date: 23rd June 2001
The role CATHERINE ZETA JONES plays in the forthcoming AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS (2001) film was intended for JULIA ROBERTS - but the PRETTY WOMAN (1990) refused to take it.
When movie maker BILLY CRYSTAL presented the script to Roberts to try and persuade her to take the role of GWEN, he was shocked to discover she liked the film, but not the part on offer.
Luckily, Crystal was happy to give Roberts whatever part she wanted. She says, "I read it and I thought, 'I don't want to play that part, but I'll play this one. '"
Roberts instead plays the role of Zeta-Jones' non-famous sister KIKI. She says, "I didn't want to play her because I thought she was a bitch. I kind of liked the girl in the corner, I thought that would be interesting. " (SVD/WNV/MCM)