One of the biggest blockbusters of all time, it's hard to imagine anyone other than the iconic cast we know and love bringing to life the sad story of the sinking of the Titanic in the groundbreaking James Cameron film. Titanic was nominated for a whopping 14 Academy Awards, winning 11, including Best Picture and Best Director. But apparently, there were some last-minute tweaks to the cast in the middle of production...no, not with the leads Leonardo DiCaprio or Kate Winslet.
Apparently, country music queen Reba McEntire was originally offered the role of the Unsinkable Molly Brown. As we know, Kathy Bates played the role in the film (and did a great job), but why did the country singer turn it down? In an interview on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, McEntire admitted that she was ready to take on the role of Molly Brown but that she ended up having to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.
"We were on tour and I had a lot of people on the payroll, and we had these three months already scheduled to do the movie," she said. "Then they got behind on scheduling and said, 'No, we're going to have to move it in this time.' So we couldn't reschedule all the arenas and everything."
"It was such a huge hit, did it kind of kill you a little bit?" Cohen asked. A solid question considering Titanic was the highest-grossing film at the box office of all time until Cameron's Avatar hit the big screen in 2010.
"Well sure, absolutely," the country star admitted. "But you've gotta take care of your people."
This definitely wasn't the first time McEntire was offered a role in a film and certainly wasn't the last. She had previously appeared in Tremors and The Little Rascals, going on to offer her voice in Charlotte's Web and even star in her own sitcom. As much as we love Kathy Bates' performance, we think Reba would have made an excellent Molly Brown!