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Michael Douglas claimed Debra Winger was set to star alongside him in ‘Romancing the Stone,’ but she lost the role after a bizarre incident.
According to the actor, he and Winger met for dinner at a restaurant before the 1984 film, which is about a mercenary and a writer who fall in love while on an adventure in the dark. Colombian jungle. At the time, Winger was one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actresses after starring in 1982’s “An Officer and a Gentleman” with Richard Gere.
Things were going well. The 77-year-old said they were “talking and spilling tequilas”. But then the ‘Fatal Attraction’ star claimed that as she walked out, the actress leaned over and bit her arm.
“We walked out and, just when you were like, ‘Oh you!’ and gives someone a little punch in the arm, she says ‘Oh you!’ and she reaches out and bites my arm,” the star said on Thursday’s episode of “Literally!” by Rob Lowe. Podcast.
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“I’m like, ‘Aaargh!’,” Douglas recalled. “She bites me.”
“She’s like a joke, and I watch her,” he continued. “I don’t know, man, I’m thinking, ‘That might be tough. She looks interested, and I’m going back, and she broke her skin!”
Douglas said that at a later date, he and Robert Zemeckis, the film’s director, were at the studio talking about the film. That’s when the bite incident happened.
“I’m in tears,” Douglas said. “I can’t go into the jungle with her, she bit me! Look! She bit my arm.”
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According to Douglas, someone suggested Kathleen Turner as a potential replacement. The actress eventually landed the role.
A spokesperson for Winger did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
“Romancing the Stone” not only became a big hit, but Douglas and Turner, 67, reunited the following year for the sequel, titled “The Jewel of the Nile.” Turner won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in 1985.
It wouldn’t be the last time the pair appeared together on screen. They teamed up for the 1989 black comedy “War of the Roses” and in 2021 reunited as ex-fighters for Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method.”
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Turner opened up about the alleged bite in her 2008 memoir “Send Yourself Roses.”
“He (Douglas) originally planned to have Debra Winger as Joan, but they didn’t seem to get along as well as he had hoped,” Turner wrote. “They met to discuss it at a Mexican restaurant, and she bit him, or so he said.”
As for Winger, the Oscar-nominated star then missed out on another role, but this time it was on her terms.
The 66-year-old was cast in the 1992 film ‘A League of Their Own’. For her role as Dottie, she trained with the Chicago Cubs for three months. However, after Penny Marshall cast Madonna, Winger felt that the director was making “an Elvis movie”.
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Winger then left the film and the role was taken over by Geena Davis. Winger still collected a paycheck.
“The studio agreed with me because it was the only time I received pay-or-play on my contract,” she told the Telegraph. “In other words, I got my salary even though I didn’t play, and that’s very difficult to get in court.”
“As entertaining as [the finished film] was, you don’t walk away saying, ‘Wow, those women did that.’ You’re kind of like, ‘Is that true?'” Winger added.
Winger said she thought Davis was “doing well”, noting that “I definitely don’t blame them”. Regarding Material Girl’s performance, Winger said, “I think [her] acting career spoke for itself.”
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