Posted on Sun Jul 15th, 2012 9:00am PDT
Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel promoted Total Recall at Comic-Con 2012 in San Diego yesterday, and the ladies revealed that neither one of them ended up with the part they originally auditioned for. Beckinsale plays Lori (co-star Colin Farrell's onscreen wife) and Biel plays Melina, the woman who helps Farrell's character after he goes through the "Rekall" experience.
Biel told MTV that she tried out "like three different times," first for Lori then for Melina and then for Lori, adding that she was the one who pretty much decided which role she was going to take. "[I] read with Colin for Lori, wild enough, and then [director Len Wiseman] and I just talked about it," she said. "I sat by myself for a while and thought, 'You know what? I want to be the heartbeat of this movie. I want to be that person who's with Colin, going through it, getting involved in it."
So what about Kate? "When my husband [Wiseman] first signed on to the project, he was like, 'Oh my god, I really want you to play this b*tch-psycho wife.' I was totally offended and didn't think any more of it for a while," she admitted. "I suddenly got a call, not from my husband, but from the head of Sony saying, 'Will you play Lori?' I thought it was a joke because I thought at least my husband was going to give me a heads-up ... so that was wild."
Speaking of wild, Wiseman reportedly had a very different role in mind for his wife. "We'd had a conversation about the fact that I wasn't available and we were both being very grown-up about it and he said, 'Well, maybe, will you play the three-breasted hooker just so that you're in the movie?' And I was like, 'OK,' because it had been a very long time since I saw the movie," she said. "I'm so glad that I didn't do that. I mean, she gets more attention than Jessica or me put together," Beckinsale said. "My daughter would die. She'd be so mad at me, going into eighth grade, if I was walking around with three boobs all the time. She'd be really annoyed."
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