Uma Thurman's Newest Indignity: Forced to Audition for Role Given to Winona Ryder


As far as I'm concerned, Uma Thurman earned her lifetime pass a long time ago: Pulp Fiction, Gattaca, Kill Bill, done, you're enshrined in the pantheon, congrats all around. Unfortunately, Hollywood doesn't feel the same way. On the heels of the weird glee people took when Thurman's obscure indie Motherhood tanked in the U.K. (because how a film does in one British theater is now very important!) comes a dispiriting report from EW that mentions exactly how Thurman lost a role to Winona Ryder in Ron Howard's upcoming Cheaters:

Sources tell that Ryder beat out a slew of other actresses in her drive to land the part of Geneva, Kevin James' wife. She auditioned twice for the part, outshining the likes of Kate Beckinsale, Carla Gugino and Uma Thurman, who flew herself in for the audition.

First of all, I think we can all agree on two things: those are exactly the actresses we would immediately envision to play the wife of Kevin James, and also, why the hell does Uma Thurman still have to audition for movies, let alone pay for her own flight to audition for a movie? I'll admit that she's had a bad run as of late -- My Super Ex-Girlfriend, The Life Before Her Eyes, and An Accidental Husband all tanked -- but hey, she had a cameo in Percy Jackson at least! It's hard out there for an iconic, Oscar-nominated actress, you guys. Strike while the iron is hot, Carey Mulligan; misstep even once and you'll be asked to read for a part in Rob Schneider's next film, only to lose it to a rebounding Colleen Haskell.

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Career rebound for Winona? Actress lands key role in Ron Howard-directed, Vince Vaughn-starring comedy [EW]


  • sweetbiscuit says:

    Welcome to Hollywood. Name actresses are auditioning for fuckin' commercials these days. No one is exempt.

  • Tiffany says:

    It's a recession, man. Times are tough. Congrats Winona!! Don't steal anything on set.

  • DemonMeister says:

    GO WINONA! You deserve it!

  • TI says:

    They take Winona when they could get Uma? Maybe it is because Winona is more believable as Kevin James wife 😛

  • AJM says:

    Winona Ryder is an iconic, Oscar-nominated actress!!

  • linaf says:

    no offense to Uma, but she cant pick a script to save her life, without Tarantino she would be nothing. She cant bring money in the box office and she makes really bad films. so I am happy for Wino.

  • Ride says:

    I can't believe it, Lady Gaga took home 8 VMA awards yesterday! I am really proud of her wins and I love the Born This Way piece Lady GaGa sung also!

  • joe says:

    Nobody would believe Kate Beckinsale as Kevin James' wife. She is far, far too hot. Uma, I don't know.

  • Jane says:

    Looks like Ms. Beckinsale and Ms. Thurman dodged a bullet with this turkey. I can't imagine why any of these women were auditioning for this dreck. Enough with the disgusting fat guys with good-looking thin wives. No one is buying it. Ron Howard should make commercials for jock itch!