A big star has admitted she turned down a lead role in Titanic

Titanic is one of the highest grossing films of all time. Picture: AFP/Paramount Pictures/20th Century Fox

 

Titanic is one of the most successful movies ever made, and a Hollywood star has revealed she turned down a role in the film.

Appearing on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, 63-year-old country singer Reba McEntire revealed she was initially cast as the “unsinkable” Molly Brown in the 1997 blockbuster, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

But she had to turn down the epic romantic drama due to scheduling conflicts.

“We were on tour and I had a lot of people on the payroll and we had these three months to do the movie,” McEntire said.

“And then they got behind on scheduling and said, ‘No, we’re going to have to move it in this time.’ So we couldn’t reschedule all the arenas and everything.”

Reba McEntire was offered the role of Molly Brown. Picture: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Reba McEntire was offered the role of Molly Brown. Picture: Chris Pizzello/Invision/APSource:AP

But it ultimately went to Kathy Bates.

But it ultimately went to Kathy Bates.Source:Supplied

The memorable role would eventually go to Oscar-winning actor Kathy Bates.

The movie, directed by James Cameron, became an instant worldwide sensation, earning over $2 billion at the box office and 11 Oscars.

When Cohen, 50, asked McEntire if it killed her that Titanic went on to become such a huge hit without her, she said, “Well, sure, absolutely.”

“But you got to take care of your people,” she added.

Thankfully McEntire has earned her own success as one of the most influential artists in country music.

People magazine shared that as “The Queen of Country”, McEntire has sold over 56 million album copies worldwide.

Titanic is one of the highest grossing films of all time. Picture: AFP/Paramount Pictures/20th Century Fox

Titanic is one of the highest grossing films of all time. Picture: AFP/Paramount Pictures/20th Century FoxSource:Supplied

McEntire’s 29th studio album, Stronger Than the Truth, is set for release on April 5.

She will also host the 2019 ACM Awards in Las Vegas that same month for a record 16th time.

In 2015, McEntire told Fox News that her “love of music,” as well as “curiosity” and “trying to find new songs” has kept her going for more than four decades in the music industry.

“I love music and I love to listen to music,” she explained at the time. “I like to hear stories sung in songs because music is very healing. “I’m very curious about what everybody else finds interesting and what touches their hearts. I love to go to concerts and I like to be a part of it. I love the competition.”

This story originally appeared in Fox News and has been republished with permission.

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