Newton turned down 'Angels' role

Thandie Newton turned down a role in 'Charlie's Angels' - because she was worried it would make her too famous.

Thandie Newton turned down a role in 'Charlie's Angels' - because she was worried it would make her too famous.

The 'Crash' star was about to start filming alongside Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore on the 2000 action film - but pulled out when she realised it would catapult her to a higher level of fame.

She was replaced by 'Ally McBeal' star Lucy Liu.

Newton says: "In career terms it was a platinum opportunity. Or, as my agent put it, 'a one-two punch'.

"I was going to do it for about 24 hours. But then I woke up and it just didn't feel right. It would have meant entering that virtual world of stardom, but I'd been away from home for nine months (filming 'Mission: Impossible II') and it would have meant another six months away."

Although Newton was pleased with the decision, her agent and manager weren't - and she soon parted company with them.

She adds: "They were appalled. They thought I was committing career suicide."

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