“There’s a myth or rumor that you turned down the role of Catwoman in the film ‘Batman Returns,’ and the lead in ‘Showgirls’ you turned down,” Fallon asked Madonna. Spoilers for the upcoming sentence: She regretted not taking one of those.
“I saw them both,” Madonna recalled. “And I was — I regret that I turned down Catwoman. That was pretty fierce. ‘Showgirls,’ no.”
But she wasn’t done. “I also turned down the role in ‘The Matrix,'” she confided in the talk show host. “Can you believe that? I wanted to kill myself (…) a teeny, tiny part of me regrets just that one moment in my life.”
The part of Catwoman in Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns” famously went to Michelle Pfeiffer, and while Madonna was nonspecific as to which character in “The Matrix” she was being eyed to play, she presumably would have been able to leverage two to three more movies out of the deal had she landed a part. It’s tragic, but she’ll just have to find some contentment with being the highest-grossing solo act of all time. It can’t be easy.