Tom Hanks turned down the lead role in “When Harry Met Sally…” because he was “happy” with the divorce.
The ‘Elvis’ actor’s wife Rita Wilson, who married in 1988, a year after his marriage to Samantha Lewis ended – revealed the Oscar-winning star won the 1989 classic Billy Crystal played the role of Harry Burns, but he had a hard time understanding the character’s point of view.
In “Table for Two” with Bruce Bozzi, Rita says: “People may not know this, but Tom was offered ‘When Harry met Sally…’ and he said no because he was Divorced, and he’s happily not married.
“So he couldn’t comprehend that a person who was going through a divorce could say anything other than ‘I’m so happy.'”
Tom went on to star in “Sleepless in Seattle” in 1993 and “You Got the Mail” in 1998 opposite “When Harry Met Sally…” star Meg Ryan, explains Rita , her husband’s role in the former landed her the role of Suzy in the film.
The actress explained that while reading the script with Tom, she “really loved that script” and enjoyed Nora Ephron’s performances in “When Harry Met Sally” and “This Is Me.” How to write the character of Carrie Fisher in My Life.
When she met the filmmaker at a party, she asked if she could audition for the role of best friend Becky if Carrie wasn’t in it, and invited her to give it a go.
However, Rita “didn’t get the part,” but it led to her being cast as Suzie, who had a great time.
She said: “They gave it to Rosie [O’Donnell]. But Nora gave me the role of Suzie, another role. I was like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s a really good part of the script. I really like that character. There’s a long monologue there.
“It was one of the funniest, most amazing acting experiences I’ve ever had.”