- Emily Blunt had to pass on playing Black Widow in “Iron Man 2.”
- She was under an option deal at Fox and made “Gulliver’s Travels” to get out of it.
- “I was contracted to do ‘Gulliver’s Travels.’ I didn’t want to do ‘Gulliver’s Travels,'” Blunt told Howard Stern.
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Back when 2010’s “Iron Man 2” was being cast, Emily Blunt was Marvel Studio’s first choice to play Natasha Romanoff, aka, Black Widow. But she couldn’t accept the role because she was attached to the Jack Black comedy “Gulliver’s Travels” – even though she didn’t want to do the movie.
Speaking to Howard Stern recently she cleared up why, in fact, she had to decline the Romanoff role.
“I was contracted to do ‘Gulliver’s Travels.’ I didn’t want to do ‘Gulliver’s Travels,'” Blunt revealed.
After making “The Devil Wears Prada” at Fox, the studio had her under contract for one more movie that she had to do under a certain amount of time. Due to that, she could not do “Iron Man 2” and had to make “Gulliver’s Travels” so she could get out of her option deal.
“It was a bit of a heartbreaker for me,” Blunt told Stern. “I take such pride in the decisions that I make, and they mean so much to me, the films that I do, so that was tough.”The rest is history: Marvel cast Scarlett Johansson in the role and she went on to become an A-list star due to being one of the Avengers.
However, Blunt has done well for herself despite having to pass on the Black Widow role.
In fact, the actress told Stern she thinks the superhero genre has “been exhausted.“
Blunt will next be seen in “A Quiet Place Part II” later this month and “Jungle Cruise” opposite Dwayne Johnson in July.