Christina Applegate was actually considered for the role of Elle Woods in the 2001 comedy “Learies Blonde.” The film sees Harvard Law School welcoming a new student who goes against the grain. In a sea of lawyers who want to wear suits and ties, Elle is a Barbie-like, pink-obsessed young woman who also happens to have an uncanny knack for understanding the peculiarities of the law (“What the heck” ?Like it’s hard?”). In a 2015 red carpet interview with Tonight’s receptionApplegate admits that doing gigs might have been smarter in retrospect, but her fear of being typecast stopped her.
After playing the somewhat comical Kelly Bundy for a long time on the sitcom “Married… With Children,” Applegate was reluctant to star in a movie where she would have played a similar type of character. As Applegate explains, “The script came my way and it was right after I was done ‘Married, and it was, you know, a blonde who was, in that first scenario, obscured but ended up in Harvard… I dread having to repeat myself. “
In the end, Witherspoon joined. The film was not only a resounding success, spawning a franchise with a box office receipt of $267 million (via The numbers), but Witherspoon received rave reviews and a Golden Globe nomination for her performance. “What a foolish act!” Applegate admitted when she reviewed the Elle Woods file she never opened. “It’s okay, you know? Reese deserves it, and she did a much better job than I could possibly do, so it’s her life, it’s the way. hers.”
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