What Might Have Been: Kim Basinger
Kim Basinger was a model-turned actress who went on to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She’s been a Bond girl and Batman’s girlfriend. Not to mention an iconic sex symbol of the 80’s thanks to movies like 9 1/2 Weeks. But like any successful actress, Basinger had to pass on a lot of roles that could have taken her career in a different direction.
Taxi Driver (1976)
Kim Basinger was offered the role of Iris, but had to turn down in order to continue to work as a model.
Fall Out: Scorsese’s first choice to play Iris was Melanie Griffith. But Griffith’s mother, legendary actress Tippi Hedren, objected to her daughter playing a prostitute. Basinger and Linda Blair were the second and third choices. After they passed, approximately 250 actresses were considered. Bo Derek, and Carrie Fisher, Mariel Hemingway, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Heather Locklear and Kristy McNichol were all considered for the role before Jodie Foster was cast.
Critics loved Taxi Driver and it was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Supporting Actress for Foster. Meanwhile, Basinger’s acting career consisted of guest appearances in TV show’s like Charlie’s Angels.
Verdict: Missed Opportunity
Posted on December 8, 2014, in Movies, What Might Have Been and tagged alec baldwin, an officer and a gentleman, Batman, batman returns, entertainment, eyes wide shut, kim basinger, movies, Risky Business, sleepless in seattle, speed, Taxi Driver, the silence of the lambs. Bookmark the permalink. 94 Comments.