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Jessica Simpson Almost Got Piper Perabo's 'Coyote Ugly' Role

Jessica Simpson Almost Got Piper Perabo's 'Coyote Ugly' Role

Coyote Ugly is celebrating its 15th anniversary and the cast and crew are opening up about the cult favorite film to mark the occasion.

Director David McNally has revealed that Piper Perabo wasn’t the original actress in mind for the lead role of Violet. The casting team actually was seeking out several pop stars for the part!

Jessica Simpson was a “contender” and Jewel was also seen for the role.

“We did our due diligence and saw everybody,” David told THR. “Toward the end of the process, Piper walked in… She was actually from New Jersey and seemed to get it.” When “everyone loved” Piper’s screen test, “that was the end of that.”

It was also revealed in the THR piece that LeAnn Rimes, whose voice replaced Piper’s singing voice, was a last-minute addition to the team and the actress originally had recorded all of her own vocals.

“[McNally] said, ‘We’re going to dub the songs,’ and I was like, ‘Uh, OK.’ What can I say? I’m like 21. What am I going to say, no?” Piper said, adding that the decision was “disappointing.”

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