Remember When Reba McEntire Turned Down a Part in ‘Titanic’?
In 1995, movie director James Cameron began pre-production on his latest film, which at the time had the largest movie budget of all time with $200 million. Any Hollywood actor would have been thrilled to accept a role in the monster blockbuster-in-the-making, ‘Titanic,’ but that’s not to assume all country stars would as well.
Did you know Reba McEntire was Cameron’s initial choice to portray Molly Brown, a historically real character? Dubbed the “unsinkable Molly Brown” by historians because of her efforts in commandeering Lifeboat 6, the role of Brown was turned down by McEntire due to scheduling conflict with other films. Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates was offered the role instead, and accepted.
It’s hard not to imagine how McEntire’s film career would have benefited from the maximum exposure of being associated with one of the biggest blockbusters of all time, but that doesn’t mean the feisty redhead’s career suffered in the least. McEntire later teamed up with Bates for the massively-popular animated movie ‘Charlotte’s Web,’ which grossed more than $145 million in the box office. McEntire voiced the character of Betsy the cow.
McEntire also went on to a long career on the small screen as the star of ‘Reba,’ and also starred in ‘Malibu Country.’