Sam Neil Turned Down This Iconic Queer Role and Totally Regrets it!

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In an interview with Fitzy and Wippa, Sam Neil revealed that one of his biggest regrets was turning down a role in iconic Australian drag film, Pricilla Queen of the Desert.

“The only regret I do have is that I did turn down Priscilla. It’s probably indiscreet to say, but I’ll say it anyway – Terence Stamp ended up playing the part,” he said.

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We love Terence Stamp’s Bernadette Bassinger, but how cool would it have been if New Zealand’s own Sam Neil had snapped up the role?

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So why did Neil turn down the role? He told Fitzy and Wippa that it didn’t have anything to do with wearing a dress – he just didn’t find the script all that funny.

“It would’ve been fun to play with my mate Hugo [Weaving] and Guy [Pearce], of course. I made a mistake there, because it wasn’t about being in drag, which I’d be happy to do – I wear a dress all the time anyway,” he laughed.

“[But] I just didn’t ‘get it’. I didn’t think it was funny in the script, but it turned out to be such a wonderful film. That was my one regret.”

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