Scarlett Johansson had her sights set on playing Fantine in ‘Les Miserables,’ but ultimately lost out to Anne Hathaway.
In a new interview with Broadway.com, the actress revealed that she auditioned for the role (“I sang my little heart out”), but it didn’t go well because of a terrible case of laryngitis. Throwing shade at Anne Hathaway? Not according to Scarlett..
“Looking at the film now, there’s no possible way I ever could have topped that performance [by Anne Hathaway],” Johansson said. “It was perfect and I think fateful and meant to be.” For her work in “Les Miserables,” Hathaway is the favorite to win her first Oscar.
That Johansson was up for the role of Fantine comes as something of a surprise. Back in 2011 when “Les Miserables” was in casting mode, Johansson was on the short list of names circulated as possibilities to play Eponine. Johansson, Lea Michele, Taylor Swift and Evan Rachel Wood were all reportedly up for that role, but it wound up going to newcomer Samantha Barks, who played Eponine in the 25th anniversary production of “Les Mis.”
This isn’t the first time Johansson has missed out on a big role. She was among the actresses tested to play Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s adaptation of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” but was deemed too sexy by the director.
“Scarlett Johansson was great. It was a great audition, I’m telling you. But the thing with Scarlett is, you can’t wait for her to take her clothes off,” Fincher told Vogue in 2011. “I keep trying to explain this. Salander should be like E.T. If you put E.T. dolls out before anyone had seen the movie, they would say, ‘What is this little squishy thing?’ Well, you know what? When he hides under the table and he grabs the Reese’s Pieces, you love him! It has to be like that.”
The part of Lisbeth eventually went to Rooney Mara, who was nominated for Best Actress at the 84th annual Academy Awards.
Johansson, meanwhile, has never received an Oscar nomination.
What a problem it must be, to be too sexy for movies. I can actually see Scarlett playing Fatine, and I bet she would have done really well. What do you think? Can ya see it?