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Anna Nicole Smith was nearly cast as Jim Carrey’s love interest in The Mask

The late, great Anna Nicole Smith once had a ‘studio offer’ for the part of Coco Bongo Club singer Tina Carlyle in New Line Cinema’s The Mask back in 1994.

Ultimately, director Chuck Russell admitted the 5ft11in blonde bombshell – who died age 39 in 2007 from combined drug intoxication – was not equipped to play the role.

‘We met. Anna was charming and bubbly,’ the 61-year-old filmmaker told Variety on Sunday.  ‘But did not have other qualities needed for the role. I never took the next step to run scenes with her.’

'Anna was charming and bubbly': The late, great Anna Nicole Smith once had a 'studio offer' for the part of Coco Bongo Club singer Tina Carlyle in New Line Cinema's The Mask back in 1994 (pictured in 1993)

‘Anna was charming and bubbly’: The late, great Anna Nicole Smith once had a ‘studio offer’ for the part of Coco Bongo Club singer Tina Carlyle in New Line Cinema’s The Mask back in 1994 (pictured in 1993)

'She did not have other qualities needed for the role': Ultimately, director Chuck Russell (L) admitted the 5ft11in blonde bombshell - who died age 39 in 2007 from combined drug intoxication - was not equipped to play the role

‘She did not have other qualities needed for the role’: Ultimately, director Chuck Russell (L) admitted the 5ft11in blonde bombshell – who died age 39 in 2007 from combined drug intoxication – was not equipped to play the role

After considering Jennifer Connelly, Vanessa Williams, and Kristy Swanson for the seductive gangster moll who seduces bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss (Jim Carrey) – Russell cast model Cameron Diaz.

The 46-year-old first-time actress wore a ‘three-inch padded bra’ and had her singing scenes dubbed by Susan Boyd in the Dark Horse adaptation which amassed $351.6M at the box office.

‘Cameron was the only person for the part as far as I was concerned after her first reading,’ Chuck gushed. 

‘And then I saw the chemistry with her and Jim. Eight callbacks later, including improvs with Jim, I finally convinced producers.’ 

Acting debut: After considering Jennifer Connelly, Vanessa Williams, and Kristy Swanson for the seductive gangster moll who seduces bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss (Jim Carrey, L) - the 61-year-old filmmaker cast model Cameron Diaz (R)

Acting debut: After considering Jennifer Connelly, Vanessa Williams, and Kristy Swanson for the seductive gangster moll who seduces bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss (Jim Carrey, L) – the 61-year-old filmmaker cast model Cameron Diaz (R)

'Cameron was the only person for the part': The 46-year-old first-time actress wore a 'three-inch padded bra' and had her singing scenes dubbed by Susan Boyd in the Dark Horse adaptation which amassed $351.6M at the box office

‘Cameron was the only person for the part’: The 46-year-old first-time actress wore a ‘three-inch padded bra’ and had her singing scenes dubbed by Susan Boyd in the Dark Horse adaptation which amassed $351.6M at the box office

'I felt the need to make myself whole': The four-time Golden Globe nominee all but retired in 2014 after dismally-reviewed performances in Annie (pictured), Sex Tape, and The Other Woman

‘I felt the need to make myself whole’: The four-time Golden Globe nominee all but retired in 2014 after dismally-reviewed performances in Annie (pictured), Sex Tape, and The Other Woman

Retired: Diaz now leads a quiet life with her husband of four years, Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden (L), and she published her second book Longevity in 2016 (pictured August 30)

Retired: Diaz now leads a quiet life with her husband of four years, Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden (L), and she published her second book Longevity in 2016 (pictured August 30)

The four-time Golden Globe nominee all but retired in 2014 after dismally-reviewed performances in Annie, Sex Tape, and The Other Woman.

Diaz now leads a quiet life with her husband of four years, Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden, and she published her second book Longevity in 2016.

‘I just went, “I can’t really say who I am, to myself,” which is a hard thing to face up to,’ Cameron said at a Goop Wellness Summit panel in 2017. 

‘I can’t do the same things I’ve been doing for two decades if I want to have a full life. I felt the need to make myself whole, really, and I felt like what I was doing with my life, I knew how to do very well. I’d been doing it for decades and it was easy for me to keep busy, keep all the balls up in the air.’ 

Spotlight: Meanwhile, Anna Nicole went on to act in six films including Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (pictured), The Hudsucker Proxy, and Be Cool

Spotlight: Meanwhile, Anna Nicole went on to act in six films including Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (pictured), The Hudsucker Proxy, and Be Cool

2002-2004: Eventually the Playboy and Guess model brought her larger-than-life boisterous personality to her very own E! reality show The Anna Nicole Show, which ran for three seasons

2002-2004: Eventually the Playboy and Guess model brought her larger-than-life boisterous personality to her very own E! reality show The Anna Nicole Show, which ran for three seasons

'Summer vacation!' Smith is survived by daughter Dannielynn (R) - turning 13 on September 7 - who just graduated from the seventh grade in Kentucky under the care of her father, photographer Larry Birkhead (L, pictured June 28)

‘Summer vacation!’ Smith is survived by daughter Dannielynn (R) – turning 13 on September 7 – who just graduated from the seventh grade in Kentucky under the care of her father, photographer Larry Birkhead (L, pictured June 28)

Meanwhile, Anna Nicole went on to act in six films including Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994), The Hudsucker Proxy (1994), and Be Cool (2005).

Smith (born Vickie Lynn Hogan) also guest starred in episodes of Fox legal drama Ally McBeal and NBC sitcom Veronica’s Closet.

Eventually the Playboy and Guess model brought her larger-than-life boisterous personality to her very own E! reality show The Anna Nicole Show, which ran for three seasons (2002-2004).

The blonde Texan is survived by daughter Dannielynn – turning 13 on September 7 – who just graduated from the seventh grade in Kentucky under the care of her father, photographer Larry Birkhead.


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