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Whoopi Goldberg reveals she was TURNED DOWN for Ghost but Patrick Swayze landed her role

Whoopi Goldberg has revealed that Patrick Swayze was respnsible for her landing her career defining role in 1990 film Ghost - after she was initially turned down.
'They think your persona is too big!' Whoopi Goldberg reveals she was TURNED DOWN for iconic role in Ghost but Patrick Swayze refused to take part until she auditioned

By Eve Buckland For Mailonline

Published: 10:00 BST, 14 October 2020 | Updated: 10:14 BST, 14 October 2020

Whoopi Goldberg has revealed that Patrick Swayze was respnsible for her landing her career defining role in 1990 film Ghost - after she was initially turned down due to her persona being 'too big.'

The actress, 64, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as fake psychic Oda Mae Brown in the film, told Naomi Campbell's No Filter YouTube series the late star refused to take up his role until she got an audition.   

She also revealed that casting directors had turned her down for the role for fear her vibrant personality would take over the film and deflect the spotlight from the storyline.

Candid: Whoopi Goldberg has revealed that Patrick Swayze was respnsible for her landing her career defining role in 1990 film Ghost - after she was initially turned down due to her persona being 'too big' (above with Naomi Campbell on her YouTube channel)
Candid: Whoopi Goldberg has revealed that Patrick Swayze was respnsible for her landing her career defining role in 1990 film Ghost - after she was initially turned down due to her persona being 'too big' (above with Naomi Campbell on her YouTube channel)

Candid: Whoopi Goldberg has revealed that Patrick Swayze was respnsible for her landing her career defining role in 1990 film Ghost - after she was initially turned down due to her persona being 'too big' (above with Naomi Campbell on her YouTube channel)

Whoopi said she had contacted her agent after finding out from a friend about the film and audition, telling her: 'I just went to this audition, every black woman and their mother went to this audition. Women got out of the grave for this audition.'

She said: 'I asked my agent why I wasn't told about it and he responded: "They don't want you. They think that your persona is too big and will take people out of the movie."'

'I said: "Not that I'm comparing myself but Marlon Brando is big. They're a big character and then you move on."'

But the Sister Act star was soon vindicated when she received a call asking for her to audition for the legendary role.  

Iconic: The actress, 64, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as fake psychic Oda Mae Brown in the film, told Naomi Campbell's No Filter YouTube series the late star refused to take up his role until she got an audition
Iconic: The actress, 64, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as fake psychic Oda Mae Brown in the film, told Naomi Campbell's No Filter YouTube series the late star refused to take up his role until she got an audition

Iconic: The actress, 64, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as fake psychic Oda Mae Brown in the film, told Naomi Campbell's No Filter YouTube series the late star refused to take up his role until she got an audition

Whoopi said: 'I was called up and told "remember that movie they didn't want you for?"

'They've hired Patrick Swayze, Patrick wanted to know why they hadn't come to you. They told him you would take people out of the movie. They won't let me bring her in

'He responded: "I'm not saying yes to this piece until we know she's not the right person."

'I'd never met him but he was a fan!'

Patrick and the director then flew to Alabama to read with Whoopi, with the star saying she instantly hit it off with Patrick - who died in 2009 aged 57 from pancreatic cancer. 

She said: 'As soon as we looked at each other we started laughing. We went on for two hours.' 

No way: She also revealed that casting directors had turned her down for the role for fear her vibrant personality would take over the film and deflect the spotlight from the storyline
No way: She also revealed that casting directors had turned her down for the role for fear her vibrant personality would take over the film and deflect the spotlight from the storyline

No way: She also revealed that casting directors had turned her down for the role for fear her vibrant personality would take over the film and deflect the spotlight from the storyline

Dynamic duo: Patrick responded:
Dynamic duo: Patrick responded:

Dynamic duo: Patrick responded: "I'm not saying yes to this piece until we know she's not the right person'

Ghost tells the story of Patrick Swayze's character Sam being killed by a thug and his danger leaving his girlfriend Molly, played by Demi Moore, in danger. Sam enlists the help of a psychic, depicted by Whoopi, to help warn Molly that she is at risk. 

As the 30th anniversary of the movie's release has come around, the film has been a hot topic, with its director Jerry Zucker recently admitting Whoopi's award-winning role nearly went to songstress Tina Turner.   

He said: 'She did a credible job, but she wasn’t quite an actress. Maybe she could be, but there was a big difference.'

Earlier this year, two-time Golden Globe nominee Demi celebrated the '30th anniversary of Ghost' by sharing a clip of the tear-jerking, penny-floating scene.

Heartbreaking: Ghost tells the story of Patrick Swayze's character Sam being killed by a thug and his danger leaving his girlfriend Molly, played by Demi Moore, in danger. Sam enlists the help of a psychic, depicted by Whoopi, to help warn Molly that she is at risk
Heartbreaking: Ghost tells the story of Patrick Swayze's character Sam being killed by a thug and his danger leaving his girlfriend Molly, played by Demi Moore, in danger. Sam enlists the help of a psychic, depicted by Whoopi, to help warn Molly that she is at risk

Heartbreaking: Ghost tells the story of Patrick Swayze's character Sam being killed by a thug and his danger leaving his girlfriend Molly, played by Demi Moore, in danger. Sam enlists the help of a psychic, depicted by Whoopi, to help warn Molly that she is at risk

The 1990 paranormal romantic thriller amassed $505.7M at the global box office, and it still holds a 74% critic approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 

The sexually-charged pottery scene alone helped put The Righteous Brothers' 1965 cover of Unchained Melody back on the Billboard charts - even earning a 1991 Grammy Award nomination.

Patrick - who played Wall Street banker Sam Wheat - died, age 57, in 2009 after a 20-month battle with stage IV pancreatic cancer.     

Instant hit: The sexually-charged pottery scene alone helped put The Righteous Brothers' 1965 cover of Unchained Melody back on the Billboard charts - even earning a 1991 Grammy Award nomination
Instant hit: The sexually-charged pottery scene alone helped put The Righteous Brothers' 1965 cover of Unchained Melody back on the Billboard charts - even earning a 1991 Grammy Award nomination

Instant hit: The sexually-charged pottery scene alone helped put The Righteous Brothers' 1965 cover of Unchained Melody back on the Billboard charts - even earning a 1991 Grammy Award nomination 

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