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Jennifer Lopez at the Golden Globes

The Oscar-Nominated Role Jennifer Lopez Turned Down

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By Joe Allen

When the Oscar nominations were announced this week, one of the most shocking snubs of the day was the lack of a nomination for Jennifer Lopez's work in "Hustlers." When the film was first released in September, there were many who thought Lopez may even be in contention to win the award.

Alas, that was not the case, and JLo will have to sit on the sidelines on Oscar night. Now, Lopez is getting candid about another high-profile role she turned down.

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In a recent interview, Lopez explained that she was offered the lead role in the 2002 film "Unfaithful," which went on to be nominated at both the Golden Globes and the Oscars. In explaining why she turned down the part, Lopez said that the script was not polished enough when she read it.

Lopez now admits that she regrets turning down the part, but at the time, she didn't think the movie would come together in the way that it ultimately did.


"There was a movie called 'Unfaithful.' And it was offered to me and the script, for me, wasn’t all the way there," Lopez said. "I should have known that Adrian Lyne was going to kill it, but I didn’t."

After Lopez turned the part down, the role went to Diane Lane, who went on to be nominated at the Oscars and the Golden Globes for her work. Lopez chose to work on other projects in 2002 instead, including "Maid in Manhattan."

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While Lopez was clear about her regrets, she also said that Lane was the perfect choice for the role. Although she's one of the most popular music artists in the world, JLo has also had a pretty steady career as an actress for more than two decades.

Recently, she opened up about her early movie work, and about her goals for making the industry more diverse. While some progress has been made, there's still plenty of work left to do.


"When I first started, one of the things that I wanted to do, because I was Puerto Rican, Latina, was that I wanted to be in romantic comedies because I felt like all the women in romantic comedies always looked the same way, they were always white," Lopez said.

Now that she's been snubbed at the Oscars, Lopez has more time to focus on preparing for her performance at this year's Super Bowl halftime show. She'll make the Academy regret the snub.

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