Producer Ed Zwick has revealed Julia Roberts was purported to be part of his movie Shakespeare in Love. Roberts was purported to be forged as Viola de Lesseps, a task that finally landed Gwyneth Paltrow an Oscar.
In an essay for Air Mail, Zwick writes that the Fairly Girl star, then 24, unexpectedly deserted the undertaking following some unsuccessful chemistry reads.
Zwick who was excited to forged Roberts revealed that she discovered fault in all of the co-stars.
“I not have my forged lists, however among the many yet-to-be-discovered younger actors, I bear in mind: Hugh Grant, Rupert Graves, Colin Firth, Sean Bean, Jeremy Northam. Julia discovered fault with all of them: one was stiff, one other wasn’t romantic, and so forth.”
Nonetheless, Zwick writes; Roberts agreed to learn with Paul McGann.
“On the morning of the check, Julia emerged from make-up, wanting radiant in full interval costume,” says the producer.
“However as soon as she started to say the phrases, one thing was improper. There was no magic. The issue wasn’t the script. Or Paul McGann. It was Julia. From the second she started to talk, it was clear she hadn’t been engaged on the accent.”
“Sensing Julia’s discomfort, I attempted to be encouraging, however she will need to have intuited my unease, and I made the tragic mistake of underestimating her insecurity. Having solely just lately been catapulted to the dizzying heights atop the Hollywood meals chain, she will need to have been terrified to fail. However I’d by no means get to speak her off the ledge. The subsequent morning once I known as her room, I used to be informed she had checked out.”
Zwick was later informed by Roberts’ supervisor that she had left for the US. The producer has not spoken to Roberts since.