Michelle Pfeiffer Reveals Why She Passed on Iconic Movies Like Pretty Woman and Basic Instinct
Pretty Woman could’ve looked really different.
Michelle Pfeiffer appeared on the TODAY with Hoda Kotb on Monday, where the host started recounting some of the roles Pfeiffer famously turned down over her career. And though the actress was hesitant to “go down the list” of roles, she did confirm that she passed on iconic parts movies Pretty Woman, Thelma & Louise and Basic Instinct.
“But the thing is, there are so many reasons that go into turning something down, and it’s not necessarily because you don’t want to do it,” the actress, 60, clarified. “There’s a conflict, you’re committed to something else. Typically, it was something like that.”
Pfeiffer initially started turning down roles when she became a mom to Claudia, 26, and John, 24, with producer husband David E. Kelley.
“I just got pickier and pickier. It was hard to leave them, especially when they got to be school age,” Pfeiffer explained. “Before that, I could just take them with me anywhere I went. But then there was breaking up the family unit. My husband has a job that he can’t just up and go. So it was always a juggling act. But, oddly enough, empty nester, I am now working a lot.”
Aside from starring in 2017’s mother! and 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, Pfeiffer is also making her return in this month’s Avengers: Endgame and this fall’s Maleficent sequel with Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning.
One role she didn’t turn down is 1992’s Batman Returns, where she played Catwoman. The actress has been reliving her time as the superhero on Instagram lately, and would even return to the catsuit if she had the chance.
“Oh, gosh. I mean, that would be incredible,” Pfeiffer said. “I was sad when that ended.”
“I was just getting comfortable with everything that I had to deal with and beginning to have some fun with it and then it was over,” she continued.