The timing has shaken out so that Amanda Seyfried is doing the international PR rounds for Red Riding Hood just as Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch is about to be released. This will perhaps appear a little inopportune as Seyfried talks openly regarding her casting in the Sucker Punch lead role of Baby Doll, before having to pass it up – and therefore loudly pegging the film's star Emily Browning as a "second choice."
Of course, many second choices have turned out to work wonderfully (particularly where Harrison Ford is involved).
Speaking at an Australian press conference for her much-maligned sexywolf movie, Seyfried has talked about her non-casting in Sucker Punch, and while she's at it, her non-casting in Zack Snyder's next movie too:
I auditioned for a role in the new Superman and didn't get it, and I really wanted Emily Browning's role in Sucker Punch. I'd originally got that role and everything was in gear, but then I got the call from Big Love saying "we need you this season, you can't do it."
The director, Zack Snyder, fought for me, and I even called the head of HBO because I thought I wasn't being used in Big Love in a way that was worth me losing out on Sucker Punch. At the time it didn't seem like there was anything better. Big Love wouldn't let me go so I cried a lot.
That's all rather honest and candid. I can only assume her next comment was too, though it might seem rather less relatable:
Then I realised that actually it was good that I didn't do it because, if I had, I wouldn't have done Red Riding Hood.
Yeah. Not sure everybody else would agree with that. Just Seyfried, Catherine Hardwicke, Emily Browning and Emily Browing's agent getting behind that one, maybe.
The full press conference report is at Adelaide Now.