The reason Anne Heche wasn’t cast in a classic Tom Cruise movie

As Hollywood continues to mourn Anne Heche, who died nine days after being involved in a serious car accident, many have taken the opportunity to look back on her decades-long career in film and television. During her ’90s heyday, Heche landed role after role alongside several Hollywood leaders, including Vince Vaughn in the 1998 thriller Psycho and Harrison Ford in the action film Six Days, Seven Nights. While it seemed like Heche was unstoppable, there’s one famous face she’s never been able to work with — and it’s not for lack of trying.

Heche revealed on Tuesday’s episode of the podcast, Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef, which was taped months before her death, that she almost landed a starring role opposite Tom Cruise in one of the most memorable movies of the ’90s, and then she revealed the Comments she thought would have cost her the job — and it sounds exactly like something Anne Heche would say.

Anne Heche auditioned for Jerry Maguire

Anne Heche dropped a bombshell on “Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef” when she auditioned for the role of Dorothy Boyd in Cameron Crowe’s 1996 megahit “Jerry Maguire.” Heche didn’t get the part; it went to Renée Zellweger, and she thinks it had something to do with her big mouth. “I was like, ‘I don’t understand who she is because he’s not really in love with her. So I don’t get this movie,'” she recalled when telling Crowe about the character. “He didn’t really love her. And she wanted him to love her. Bye, no, that doesn’t make sense.”

Adding that her agent was taken aback by her criticism of the film’s plot, Heche told Yontef, “My agent called me afterwards and said, ‘Are you crazy? Did you just say this movie doesn’t make sense ?’ And I said, ‘Yup.’” Of course, the film became a massive critical and commercial success, earning five Academy Award nominations and three Golden Globe nominations, including two wins.

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When Yontef joked about how incredibly successful the film was, Heche fired back. “Age. Believe me, I know. Believe me. I know exactly what happened,” she admitted. Still, it sounds like the actor got it hit in the chin: “These are mistakes I’ve made in my life. It’s things I’m willing to admit in my 12-step program, admitting stupid things I’ve done: Tell Cameron Crowe his movie doesn’t make sense.”