Actress Charlize Theron had to pass on the chance to appear in Wonder Woman due to a scheduling conflict.
The Mad Max: Fury Road star reveals director Patty Jenkins, the filmmaker behind her Oscar-winning role in Monster, initially approached her to join the cast of the superheroine movie, but the timing simply didn't work out.
"She did come to me, and at the time I was either working on something or I don't know," she told radio host Howard Stern. "There was a reason I couldn't do it."
Charlize did not share which role she had been offered, but Israeli actress Gal Gadot played the titular Amazonian warrior, co-starring alongside Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, who played her aunt and mother, respectively.
The South African beauty admits she would have loved to have reunited with Jenkins on set.
"We're friends," she said. "I think the world of her. We have a mutual respect for each other."
However, Charlize may never have come to know Jenkins had the director not pursued her to star in 2003's Monster, about real-life serial killer Aileen Wuornos, because the actress doubted her own ability to convincingly portray the lead character.
"I turned it down," she confessed to Stern. "I'm only in that film because Patty Jenkins, the writer and director, wouldn't take no for an answer... She was relentless."
"I felt like the script was so good that if you were going to do it, you had to do it visually, in a way that felt authentic to who she was, and I didn't know if I could do that," she added.
Charlize ended up signing on for the gig, which earned her the Best Actress Oscar in 2004, and she will be forever grateful to Jenkins for not giving up on her.
"I've never had anybody have my back like that," she shared. "She was the first director that offered me a role and saw more potential in me than I saw in myself."