Emmy Rossum almost didn’t get to star as Fiona in Shameless because producers felt she wasn’t capable of not being pretty.
Conversely, Andrew Garfield lost out on the role of Prince Caspian in the Chronicles of Narnia series because he “wasn’t handsome enough.”
Jennifer Lawrence was originally turned down for her role in Winter’s Bone because she was “too pretty” — she had to prove to them she was “not cute.”
According to Kate Beckinsale, director Michael Bay didn’t think she was attractive enough for her role in Pearl Harbor because she “wasn’t blonde and [her] boobs weren’t bigger than [her] head.”
Director Joe Wright originally didn’t want Keira Knightley to star in his film Pride and Prejudice because of her good looks.
After being recast following the pilot for Stumptown, actor Mark Webber went on a social media rant about how he was allegedly fired for not being attractive enough.
Four Weddings and a Funeral writer Richard Curtis didn’t want Hugh Grant to star in the film because he was too handsome.
Minnie Driver almost didn’t star in Good Will Hunting because the producer didn’t think she was “hot enough.”
Alison Brie claims that her past playing polished and “cute” roles almost prevent her from being cast as the less conventionally attractive Ruth in Glow.
According to composer Anne Dudley, Poldark executive producer Damien Timmer was worried women wouldn’t find star Aidan Turner attractive.
After being named Esquire’s “sexiest woman alive” in 2005, Jessica Biel said she struggled to get work and was told by a director, “I’m not looking for the sexiest woman; I’m looking for the girl next door.”
Henry Cavill was told he wasn’t thin enough to play James Bond when he was 21.
Scarlett Johansson was “too sexy” to star in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
Meryl Streep was considered “too ugly” to star in King Kong.
And finally, Melissa De Sousa was considered “too pretty” to play a “down-on-her-luck stripper” in Hustle & Flow.
Which of these were the most shocking? Got any other examples of actors being told they were too attractive or not attractive enough? Let us know in the comments!
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