Lindsay Lohan is perfectly cast to play Cady Heron in Tina Fey’s 2004 film Mean Girls, but she originally wanted to play the villain, Regina George.
Lindsay Lohan played the lead role in Bad Girls, but she originally auditioned to play the movie’s villain Regina George. Released in 2004, Mean Girls is widely regarded as one of the best teen comedies of the 2000s. The film is based on the book by Rosalind Wiseman and was adapted for the big screen by Tina Fey, who wrote the script. Mean Girls was a huge hit since their arrival, earning $ 130 million worldwide on a small budget, and their popularity has not diminished with their memorable dates or the celebration of Mean Girls Day every year on October 3.
Mean Girls stars Lindsay Lohan as Cady Heron, an innocent teenager who grew up in Africa with her parents and suddenly moves to Illinois. This introduces Cady to the foreign world of high school with all its cliques. He manages to befriend the hottest girls in school Regina George (Rachel McAdams), Karen Smith (Amanda Seyfried from Mamma Mia) and Gretchen Wieners (Lacey Chabert). Together they are known as The Plastics and it is not long before Cady begins to follow their lavish lifestyles of beauty and cruelty to others. However, since Cady likes Regina’s on-and-off boyfriend Aaron Samuels, the two don’t remain friends for long. Cady tries to ruin Regina’s life by sabotaging her beauty, stealing her friends, and causing Aaron to break up with her.
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As Cady often draws the line between remaining a character that audiences can support and becoming a high school villain, Lohan does a great job playing both sides of the role. It’s almost the perfect choice to play her, but Lohan originally auditioned for Regina George. Lohan was looking to go against the guy after gaining notoriety mainly in Disney movies and also more specifically in Freaky Friday and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen and wanted to play a popular girl. But, the popularity of Freaky Friday led Paramount to ask if Lohan could play Cady instead, as she was known to audiences as such a likable character.
The reasoning behind Lohan not getting the role of Regina George is exactly why it would have been fascinating to see her in the role. Her potential audiences associating Lohan with a “hero” would bring more sympathy for Regina. Or it would just be a showcase for Lohan to go in the opposite direction. There’s little doubt that Lohan could have been great as Regina as well, as Cady’s time as Plastic shows that Lohan has the range to play the manipulative bully.
If Lohan ultimately played Regina instead of Cady, the cast of Mean Girls, ironically, might not have changed much. Before Lohan was cast as Cady, Rachel McAdams auditioned to play the title character. This was right before she landed the role of Allie in The Notebook, but director Mark Waters thought she would be too old to play her title character. Although McAdams could have been a good Cady, her performance as Regina is one of the best parts of the movie and it’s hard to imagine someone else in the role now. As fun as it might have been to see Lohan as Regina and McAdams as Cady, Bad Girls It probably turned out for the best having Lohan play Cady and McAdams play Regina.
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