Katherine Heigl has reportedly turned down a part in the upcoming Valentine’s Day — an ensemble cast directed by Garry Marshall featuring the likes of Julia Roberts, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher, Shirley MacLaine and Bradley Cooper — because they weren’t willing to shell out the big bucks for her. God. Don’t these people know a star when they see one?
An insider told Page Six, “Producers at New Line originally had Katherine on their casting list. They wanted her for the project, but during the talks, she came back demanding $3 million for the role.”
Our source calls that number “ridiculous” because the movie has “an ensemble cast where there is really no one lead role. Actors are only filming between three and 14 days, and no other actors asked for nearly that amount.”
A rep for Heigl told Page Six, “The story is ludicrous. Early negotiations are a daily occurrence in this business, and just for clarification, Katherine walked away from this project for multiple reasons.” A spokeswoman for New Line had “no comment.” (Source)
Now before Katherine Heigl’s personal fan club goes jumping up my ass like always, notice her rep didn’t exactly deny the story — just called it ludicrous. You know what I think is ludicrous? That Katherine Heigl turned down this film even if the offer consisted of her getting paid purely in smelling the farts of Shirley MacLaine and Julia Roberts. And that, my friends, is why Heigl will always be the poor man’s My Best Friend’s Wedding Julia Roberts and never the poor man’s Erin Brockovich Julia Roberts.
(Cross-posted on WIMB)