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“I did not want to do that movie”: Julia Roberts Flat Out Refused To Star in Her Now-Classic $363.8M Film With Hugh Grant Due To Its “Awful” Concept

Since her screen debut in the 1990s classic , Julia Roberts has captivated viewers all over the world with her infectious charm, lasting smile, and lovable personality. She is the Oscar Award–winning actress and her amazing career has encompassed a wide array of genres, including thrillers, love stories, heartfelt dramas, and even heist films. Interestingly, despite her incredible success, Julia Roberts hesitated to act in the iconic film as she initially described it as an “awful” concept.

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Julia Roberts’ ‘I Don’t Want to Do That Movie’ Moment in Notting Hill

Julia Roberts said in a recent interview with that she was initially hesitant to accept the part in the now-classic romantic comedy . She confessed openly, She found the idea of portraying the biggest movie star in the world who falls in love with the proprietor of a bookstore to be “awful.” She couldn’t help but scoff at the narrative since it felt like a worn-out, cliched concept.

Julia Roberts chose to speak with the filmmakers, which caused her perspective to change. She discovered that she really liked the folks behind the initiative, to the point that she finally thought, “What the hell?” and decided to accept the position. She now calls “a great little jewel of a movie,” implying that perhaps her earlier misgivings weren’t warranted.

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“I did not want to do that movie,” says Roberts. “The pitch of it sounds awful, right? Do you want to come and play the world’s biggest movie star and then fall in love with the bookshop owner? No!” But she met the film-makers anyway and liked them so much, she shrugged. “‘What the hell?’ I, you know … And it’s this great little jewel of a movie.”

It is noteworthy to remember that Julia Roberts has previously said that she had reservations about the roles that ultimately had tremendous success.

Can Pretty Woman Work Today? Julia Roberts’s Doubts and Hope

During the same interview with, she discussed her well-known portrayal of Vivian Ward in . Julia Roberts said that after several other actresses had turned down the part, she was the final one. She acknowledged that landing these jobs usually requires some luck and good fortune. She said to ,

“It really is not a measure of talent, particularly in the beginning. It’s a measure of good fortune – and being able to have your wits about you enough to make something out of that good fortune.”

However, when it comes to revisiting the idea of a reboot in today’s conditions of changing sexual politics ideas, Julia expressed doubt. She said to ,

“I don’t really think you could make that movie now, right? So many things you could poke a hole in, but I don’t think it takes away from people being able to enjoy it”

She questioned whether such a movie could be made now, considering the potential criticisms and issues that could be raised. Nevertheless, she believes that people can still enjoy the original film despite its flaws.

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