The actress revealed that she'd turned down the role in order to focus on her work in 'The Grifters.' She ended up being nominated against Bates for the best actress Oscar the same year.
While it's quite a challenge to pick the best from the legendary Stephen King's illustrious collection of works, his 1987 psychological horror thriller novel Misery has a shot as good as any to the throne. With filmmakers practically jumping over themselves to bring the author's literary creations to the big screen, it was only a matter of time before novelist Paul Sheldon and his number one fan Annie Wilkes were brought to life for moviegoers. Although director Rob Reiner managed to get King's blessings to develop the movie adaptation of Misery, he had his work cut out for him in terms of casting as it would take an actor of the highest caliber to do justice to the psychotic Annie's character.
As fans of the 1990 movie know, the role was fulfilled by the iconic Kathy Bates, who bagged her first Oscar for her incredible portrayal of Wilkes. However, not many are aware of the fact that the role (and the Oscar perhaps) almost went to another well-known name in the horror circuit: Angelica Huston. The 68-year-old made the revelation during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live in May this year after a fan asked her about the same.
"That is true! I did turn down that part but it was because I fell in love with 'The Grifters' and wanted to do it passionately," Huston confirmed, in response to the fan's question of whether she'd been offered the role in Misery. As fate would have it, both Huston and Bates were nominated for the best actress award at the 1991 Oscars for their work in these movies. Although The Addams Family star failed to take the coveted gold statuette home that year, she took her defeat in stride.
"Well first of all, whenever you lose the immediate sort of result is, 'Oh thank God!' And then you have to sit through the show and then you get progressively more irritated with the fact you haven’t won. But I actually thought, 'Go girl.' 'Cause that was a very daring performance. She went full bullet," said Huston, praising her fellow actress. While it would've been interesting to see the Prizzi's Honor star's interpretation of Annie Wilkes, the role was reportedly also offered to another actress who's tried her hand at horror: Bette Midler.
Speaking to Metro in 2010, the Hocus Pocus actress revealed that she'd turned down the role because she was afraid. "I didn’t do 'Misery' and Kathy Bates won an Oscar for it. That’s not to say I would have. It was so violent and I had no relation to it. I was afraid," Midler said at the time. However, in an interview with The New York Times 3 years later, the actress called the same decision "stupid," revealing that she'd said no to the job because she "didn’t want to saw off someone’s foot."