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Susan Sarandon says Cher 'stole' her role in Witches of Eastwick


Susan Sarandon says Cher stole her Witches of Eastwick role thanks to a ‘past liaison’ with producer Jon Peters

She played dowdy school teacher Jane Spofford in the classic 1987 film The Witches of Eastwick. 

But Susan Sarandon, 74, revealed she was originally set to play a very different role in the George Miller directed comedy fantasy film at a fund-raiser for LA’s Project Angel Food on Saturday. 

‘I initially was cast in Cher’s part,’ said the veteran actress, referring to the sassy and sexy character of Alexandra Medford, who was ultimately played by the singer.

Sliding doors: Susan Sarandon, 74, [pictured in 2019] revealed she was originally set to play a very different role in the George Miller directed comedy fantasy film The Witches of Eastwick... a role that ultimately went to Cher

Cher seen here at the Billboard music awards earlier this month

Sliding doors: Susan Sarandon, 74, [L, in 2019] revealed she was originally set to play a very different role in the George Miller directed comedy fantasy film The Witches of Eastwick… a role that ultimately went to Cher [R, in 2020]

However Sarandon, who lived in Rome at the time, said she ‘didn’t find out till I got to LA… that I was actually moved to a different part.’ 

‘I had to learn suddenly to play the cello, and I had never played an instrument in my life. They said they would sue me if I left, so I didn’t have much choice!’ continued the Thelma and Louise star.

The movie’s screenwriter, who was also at the charity event, added, ‘Cher sort of muscled her way into that part.’

‘That’s Jon,’ continued Susan. ‘[He] and Cher had a past liaison or something, so that was another element.’ 

If I could turn back time: 'I initially was cast in Cher¿s part,' said the veteran actress, referring to the sassy and sexy character of Alexandra Medford, [far left] who was ultimately played by the singer. Seen here in the 1987 film with co-stars Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pheiffer [far right]

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If I could turn back time: ‘I initially was cast in Cher’s part,’ said the veteran actress, referring to the sassy and sexy character of Alexandra Medford, [far left] who was ultimately played by the singer. Seen here in the 1987 film with co-stars Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pheiffer [far right]

Plot: The Witches of Eastwick is about three single women in a picturesque village who have their wishes granted, at a cost, when a mysterious and flamboyant man arrives in their lives

Plot: The Witches of Eastwick is about three single women in a picturesque village who have their wishes granted, at a cost, when a mysterious and flamboyant man arrives in their lives

As well as having been married five times, Superman Returns producer Jon Peters has a long and illustrious dating history.

The former hairdresser was in a long term relationship with Barbra Streisand from 1973-1982.

He was also married to actress Leslie Ann Warren for a decade, and in 2020 was married to Pamela Anderson for 12 days. 

Player: As well as having been married five times, Superman Returns producer Jon Peters has a long and illustrious dating history. Seen here with Pamela Anderson in 1989

Player: As well as having been married five times, Superman Returns producer Jon Peters has a long and illustrious dating history. Seen here with Pamela Anderson in 1989

The Witches of Eastwick is about three single women in a picturesque village who have their wishes granted, at a cost, when a mysterious and flamboyant man arrives in their lives. 

The stranger, played by Jack Nicholson, ends of being the Devil himself.

The film was nominated for two Oscars and earned over $63 million at the worldwide box office. 

2007: Peters was also married to actress Leslie Ann Warren for a decade, and in 2020 was married to Pamela Anderson for 12 days

2007: Peters was also married to actress Leslie Ann Warren for a decade, and in 2020 was married to Pamela Anderson for 12 days

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