Director Peter Chelsom, who ultimately recruited Kate Beckinsale to star alongside John Cusack, says it was the former “Friends” star’s decision not to make the 2001 film.
Kate beckinsale To Jennifer aniston thank for her pivotal role in Hollywood in the classic romantic comedy “Serendipity”, because the star of “Friends” turned down the role.
Director Peter Chelsom claims Aniston was tired of romantic comedies and chose to work with Mark Wahlberg in “Rock Star” instead, giving her the opportunity to recruit the British actress as the lead female role in the 2001 film opposite John cusack. “Serendipity” marked Beckinsale’s biggest role in American cinema to date.
Beckinsale also starred in the WWII drama “Pearl Harbor”, opposite Ben affleck and Josh Hartnett, the same year but had not yet started on “Underground world“which really propelled her to the A list internationally.
“I vividly remember Jennifer Aniston coming to meet us,” the filmmaker told Insider. “I remember when she walked in she said, ‘I do a romantic comedy once a week,’ she was on ‘Friends at the time.’ So she clearly had other things on her plate and that. was her decision not to do it he … We would certainly have made her an offer if she had wanted to do it. [the movie]. ”
Chelsom revealed “City of sin“and the” Spy Kids “star Carla Gugino is also “extremely close” to landing the role of Sara Thomas after a “spectacular” audition, but Beckinsale won.
“Serendipity” became a box office success despite mixed reviews from critics, earning a total of $ 77.5 million worldwide. With an estimated budget of $ 28 million, it was the first of Chelsom’s films to make a profit.