Nicolas Hoult made headlines recently for revealing he lost roles in ‘The Batman’, ‘Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One’ and ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ in a row, but that’s nothing compared to the handful of A-projects -list Rachel McAdams consecutively turned down in the mid-2000s. As revealed in his new Agitation profileMcAdams turned down offers for “The Devil Wears Prada,”Casino Royale“, “Mission: Impossible 3”, “Iron Manand “Get Smart” during the two-year period she returned to Canada after a rise in Hollywood with “Mean Girls” and “The Notebook”.
“There are definitely things like, ‘I wish I had done that,’” McAdams said. “[But] I step back and say, “He was the right person for this.”
The five films McAdams rejected, released between 2006 and 2008, ended up being box office hits, with “Casino Royale” relaunching the Bond franchise with Daniel Craig in the role (presumably McAdams was up for the role as Eva Green) and the first “Iron Man” launching the Marvel Cinematic Universe. McAdams waited to enter the superhero universe until 2016’s “Doctor Strange” and reprized the role of Dr. Christine Palmer in ” Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” from 2022.
“I felt guilty that I didn’t take advantage of the opportunity given to me, because I knew I was in such a lucky position,” McAdams said of turning down those movies and taking a two-month hiatus. years in Hollywood as his career exploded. “But I also knew that it didn’t quite fit my personality and what I needed to stay sane. There were definitely anxious moments when I wondered if I was just throwing it all away, and why was I doing it? It took years to figure out what I was doing intuitively.
McAdams has no regrets and many of his early films such as “Mean Girls” and “The Notebook” remain classics. “Mean Girls” is currently getting the musical treatment of a new movie based on Tina Fey’s award-winning Broadway adaptation. Reneé Rapp steps in for McAdams’ character, Regina George, after playing the role on Broadway.
“I don’t see how to set us up,” McAdams said of her appearance in the musical film. “If Tina [Fey] I can understand it, I’m here, that’s for sure.
McAdams’ next feature is the Judy Blume adaptation “Are You There God?” It’s me, Margaret,” opening in theaters April 28 from Lionsgate.
McAdams often has these interactions, as interest in his early career films has never waned. Particularly as mean girls enters production on its third iteration: a big-screen adaptation of the film’s musical treatment. (“I don’t see how to put us in their place,” she said. But “if Tina [Fey] can understand it, I’m here, that’s for sure. “)
“There are definitely things like ‘I wish I had done that. “But the success of these projects, she says, makes her think twice about her potential casting. “I step back and say, ‘He was the right person for this.'”
Of what eventually became a two-year hiatus, McAdams said: “I felt guilty for not taking advantage of the opportunity given to me because I knew I was in such a lucky situation. . But I also knew that it didn’t quite fit my personality and what I needed to stay sane. Not that she would have phrased it that way back then. “There were definitely anxious moments where I wondered if I was just throwing it all away, and why was I doing it? It took years to figure out what I was doing intuitively.