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Heath Ledger Almost Starred In Moulin Rouge Alongside Nicole Kidman

Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman are one of the most romantic couples you have seen in cinema, but did you know Heath Ledger, and not Ewan was almost cast? 

By Ingrid Mateos

- November 25 , 2021 - 20:37 hs
Moulin Rouge, Heath Ledger

Moulin Rouge, Heath Ledger (Fox, AP)

Many movies come and go but very few stay as remains classics throughout the years. Glady, Moulin Rouge is one of the movies that will always remain in our hearts

How can we forget Nicole Kidman with her pose and grace singing seductively and while Ewan McGregor is fighting for their love? Well, apparently it could have gone completely different.

While we all can concur that Ewan McGregor was the best option for his role as Christian, it has been revealed by director Baz Luhrmann that Heath Ledger had better chemistry with Nicole Kidman as Satine, however, his age was the problem

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Moulin Rouge was released in 2001, and around those years Heath Ledger already starred in films like 'The Interview' and '10 Things I Hate About You'. Meanwhile, Ewan McGregor had a longer filmography under his name including 'Velvet Goldmine,' 'The Phantom Menace,' and 'Trainspotting.'

But the extent of their acting career did not matter at all here, because there was something else that, according to the director was the main reason why he did not cast the actor and that was the age gap between Heath Ledger and Nicole Kidman.

"A young Heath Ledger was up for the role and I thought maybe the character could be very young," Lurhmann said in an interview with "And it turned out they did really work together. And it was quite beautiful." the director said. Nicole Kidman was 33, Ewan was 30 and Heath was 21 at the time.

So, what happened next? Baz Luhrmann decided that Ewan McGregor was better suited for the role because of his age. "The real moment was when they met in Sydney and we did the first day of rehearsals," he recalled. "They were walking around, going into the elephant, and they were hysterical and wonderfully matched. They were great. He was just the perfect partner for Nicole." the director added.

As an interesting fact, a third actor was also rumored to be cast in Moulin Rouge and that was Jake Gyllenhaal, who, if you recall correctly, starred with Heath Ledger in Moulin Rouge. "It was Ewan, it was Heath, and me," said Gyllenhaal in a 2018 GQ cover story. "And we auditioned with many different actresses, it was a long process. But I never met Heath, I only heard about him."

In the end, Nicole went on to earn an Academy Award nomination for her performance, and the film took home two Oscars. Ledger tragically died of an accidental prescription drug overdose in 2008, and won an Oscar posthumously for his work in "The Dark Knight."

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Ingrid Mateos

I am an Entertainment news writer at Show News Today. I love all about movies, royalty, and pop culture but also enjoy writing about the latest celebrity gossip. I have a B.A in E.L.T and a diploma in Tourism Studies. When not working with words, you can probabaly find me watching BBC'S Sherlock for the umpteempth time or an old movie.

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