"One studio head said in a meeting, 'This script is fantastic". But according to the movie's screenwriter Gregory Allen Howard, Julia Roberts - yes, that Julia Roberts - was once suggested by a studio executive to play the role. "It was so long ago. No one is going to know the difference.'" Howard said the conversation happened back in 1994, but it still raised eyebrows.
"If you're chasing a Hollywood dream and feel doubtful you'll ever make it, remember there are executives getting paid ... loads of money to suggest JULIA ROBERTS should play Harriet Tubman", Crucchiola tweeted.
Those eyebrow-raising comments sparked an outpouring of anger and ridicule on Tuesday night, rapidly making the thought of Roberts as Tubman the latest - and possibly most absurd - example of Hollywood's whitewashed casting choices, real or just imagined.
"Someone pointed out Julia Roberts couldn't be Harriet, the executive responded, 'It was so long ago".
"Harriet" portrays Tubman's life from about 1849 to the Civil War.
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This little explanation, to me, encompasses the catch-22 of sharing this story about the potential whitewashing of a Harriet Tubman.
"When I started on 'Harriet, ' many people dealing with black material were writing history lessons - which I hated", he continued.
Audiences adore Harriet, the film released this month chronicling Harriet Tubman's real-life efforts to save herself and hundreds of other slaves in the mid-19th century.
It's unclear if Roberts was ever approached for the movie, which details how Tubman escaped slavery and helped lead dozens of others to freedom through a network of safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.
"I first saw her when the other producers flew me to NY to see her in 'The Color Purple, '" Allen said. "Harriet showed them how powerful they could become", Howard said.
A biography about Harriet Tubman had been in the works for years, with several actresses rumoured to star, with Erivo eventually cast in February 2017.