America’s sweetheart Julia Roberts is known for her beloved roles in films such as Pretty Woman, Oceans Eleven, and Notting Hill. The actress has worked with stalwarts such as Steven Soderbergh, Steven Spielberg, and Mike Nichols. She has won the Academy Award for her role in the film Erin Brockovich and has also won the Golden Globes thrice.
Roberts has come under fire for her alleged troublesome behavior during the shoot of Spielberg’s Hook. The actress played Tinker Bell in the Peter Pan adaptation and starred along with Robin Williams. Recently, she was named as the inspiration for Yara Shahidi, who became the first Black actress to play the role in David Lowery’s Peter Pan and Wendy.
Yara Shahidi Names Julia Roberts As Her Inspiration
Director David Lowery came back to Disney after the successful film Pete’s Dragon to work on another children’s classic Peter Pan and Wendy. The A Ghost Story director reportedly mentioned that the story was close to him and that the film would be a modernized adaptation, with many stereotypes changed to work for today’s climate.
With that in mind, Lowery cast actress Yara Shahidi in the role of the fairy Tinker Bell. Shahidi became the first Black actress to play the role of Tinker Bell, in a story that has been adapted numerous times in various media. In an interview with People Magazine, Shahidi mentioned that one of her inspirations was Julia Roberts’ portrayal in Hook.
Roberts played the role of Tinker Bell in Steven Spielberg’s Hook. Shahidi cited her as an inspiration as it was a fresh take on the character. She said,
“It’s such an iconic part. The character has a long lineage of really incredible actresses playing her. I think she is one of the first Tinker Bells that kind of strays from what we imagine as the animated version. It was fun to look back and watch the OG movie and her performance.”
Shahidi also mentioned that the film by David Lowery was reflective of the political climate of the present day and hence had many changes such as her casting in the film.
Julia Roberts’ Role In Hook Was Controversial
While Julia Roberts was known for her good-girl roles in films such as Pretty Woman and Notting Hill, her reputation took a toll after the production of Steven Spielberg’s Hook. The director and actress reportedly had a feud on set and was known to be troublesome to the cast and crew. The rumors were exacerbated when Spielberg vaguely referred to it as an unfortunate time to work together.
Roberts later told Vanity Fair that she felt hurt by Spielberg’s statement and felt betrayed as she expected him to stand up for her. She said,
“I saw that and my eyes popped out of my head. I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe that this person that I knew and trusted was actually hesitating to come to my defense. It was a hard lesson to learn. It was the first time that I felt I had a turncoat in my midst.”
There were many rumors that Roberts was going through a drug problem and that she would be fired from Hook. The film itself had undergone a troubled production as directors and writers had changed. Roberts finally squashed all the rumors and said that she was just sick on the first day of filming, which became the basis of many of the rumors.