John Leguizamo Regrets Rejecting Role in 'Devil Wears Prada'

Exploring John Leguizamo's pivotal career choices in film

by Zain ul Abedin
John Leguizamo Regrets Rejecting Role in 'Devil Wears Prada'
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John Leguizamo, the versatile actor known for his dynamic range in both comedic and dramatic roles, recently shared some candid reflections about the major film roles he passed up during his career, including a memorable part in the iconic fashion industry film, "The Devil Wears Prada." At 63, Leguizamo's look back at his career decisions provides insight into the challenges and opportunities faced by actors in Hollywood.

In a revealing interview with Business Insider, Leguizamo discussed his decision to turn down the role of Nigel Kipling in "The Devil Wears Prada," a character that Stanley Tucci eventually portrayed. Nigel Kipling, known for his sage advice and mentorship to Anne Hathaway's character, Andy Sachs, became a standout role in the film, contributing significantly to its success.

Leguizamo admitted to having regrets about not taking on the part, hinting at missed opportunities. Beyond "The Devil Wears Prada," Leguizamo also reflected on other roles he declined, including parts in "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" and "Happy Feet." For "Mr.

and Mrs. Smith," he felt the offer was not commensurate with his status, especially given the film's star-studded leads, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. "I felt dissed. And they probably weren't dissing me, but I felt dissed," Leguizamo explained, highlighting the additional emotional labor often required by actors of color in the industry.

"Ice Age" Casting Insights

In the case of "Happy Feet," where he would have voiced the character Ramón, Leguizamo chose to turn down the role due to his previous commitment to the "Ice Age" film series, where he voiced Sid the sloth.

Despite recognizing it as a "stupid reason" at the time, he now acknowledges the lost financial opportunity. Currently promoting his new series, The Green Veil, Leguizamo shared his enduring affection for the character Sid from "Ice Age." He reminisced about the evolution of the film from its initial stages, where it was set to include stars like Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ben Stiller, to its final cast, which included Ray Romano and Denis Leary.

Through years of development, "Ice Age" transformed from a drama to the beloved comedic series known today. Leguizamo's reflections not only underscore the unpredictability of film casting but also highlight his philosophical approach to his career choices and the roles that might have been.

As he continues to engage with both past decisions and new opportunities, Leguizamo's career remains a testament to the complexities of navigating Hollywood as a seasoned actor.