Scarlett Johansson’s Uncharted Roles: When Hollywood’s Heavyweights Took a Different Path

While Scarlett Johansson has carved an illustrious path in cinema, receiving numerous awards and accolades for her diverse roles under top-tier directors, there remains a catalog of roles she narrowly missed or chose to bypass.

Reflecting on her career, Johansson recalls those roles with nostalgia and affirmation, acknowledging her place in Hollywood’s constellation of stars.

One such part that eluded Johansson was Anne Hathaway’s renowned role in the critically acclaimed 2012 adaptation of “Les Misérables.”

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Despite Johansson’s passionate pursuit of the role, the film’s producers ultimately bestowed the part on Hathaway, leading to an Oscar-winning performance that secured the film’s place in cinema history.

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On auditioning for Hathaway’s role, Johansson remarked to Broadway.com, “I sang my little heart out,” revealing her inner “jazz hands kid,” who was ecstatic about the opportunity.

Despite battling laryngitis during her audition, she pressed on, a testament to her dedication and drive. Reflecting on Hathaway’s unforgettable portrayal, Johansson commented, “There’s no possible way I ever could have topped that performance.”

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Nevertheless, Johansson’s career remained unaffected by these missed roles. She continued to star in various successful films that elevated her status to one of Hollywood’s highest-earning actors, demonstrating the resilience and commitment that has defined her career.

Scarlett Johansson in Lost in Translation (2003)

Johansson graciously recognized Hathaway’s phenomenal performance, acknowledging that she couldn’t have done better.

While Les Misérables stands out in her memory, Johansson also experienced rejections from other well-known films.

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She auditioned for roles in “The Girl With The Dragan Tattoo,” “Gravity,” and “V For Vendetta,” but directors had other visions for these characters. For instance, David Fincher, the director of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” praised Johansson’s audition but ultimately declined her for specific reasons.

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However, there were roles that Johansson declined, including ones in “Rub And Tug,” “My Week With Marilyn,” “The Great Gatsby,” and “Thumbsucker.” At times, scheduling conflicts meant turning down opportunities such as a part in “Mission Impossible III.”

Despite many missed opportunities, Johansson’s journey is far from a tale of regret. Instead, it’s a testament to the actor’s persistence and versatility in an industry defined by change.

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After all, every role she didn’t get meant a new opportunity somewhere else, contributing to the rich tapestry of her remarkable career.


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