Sandra Bullock was almost the Helen of Candyman

The 1992 movie Candyman almost had Sandra Bullock as its female lead, but instead Virginia Madsen played the role. This is what happened.

the candy man is considered one of the best horror movies of the 1990s, and it could have had a now popular actress as the female lead had the casting process been different, as Sandra Bullock was cast as the lead. The horror genre has been through many ups and downs over the years, with the 1980s considered its heyday, but when the 1990s rolled around, the genre went through a rough patch. Of course, not all horror movies of that decade were bad, and the candy man it is one of those that is considered to have kept the genre afloat.

Directed by Bernard Rose, the candy man is a supernatural horror film based on the short story “The Forbidden” by Clive Barker. It follows Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen), a semiotics graduate student working on a thesis on urban legends and folklore, which leads her to the legend of “Candyman,” about the ghost of an artist and the son of a slave, who He was murdered for his relationship with the daughter of a wealthy white man. Legend says that if you say his name five times in front of a mirror, he appears and kills you with a hook attached to the stump of his right arm. Her investigation triggers a series of murders that drag her down as the prime suspect and turn her life into a living nightmare. the candy man was a hit with critics and viewers, and the title character became one of the scariest horror movie characters of all time.

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Candyman’s female lead, Helen Lyle, was played by Virginia Madsen, who at the time was best known for playing Princess Irulan in the David Lynch film. Dune and for its appearance in I will say with fire, but the candy man it definitely gave him an extra push. Madsen was friends with Bernard Rose and according to her (via Horror news network), was originally going to play Helen’s friend Bernie, and Rose’s then-wife Alexandra Pigg was going to play Helen. However, they eventually made Bernie’s character African American and Madsen was out, but then she was offered the role of Helen when Pigg found out she was pregnant. In the audio commentary of the candy manProducer Alan Poul revealed that other actresses also read for the role, and of all of them, the one they liked the most was none other than Sadra Bullock.

Virginia Madsen as Helen Lyle in Candyman 1992

Poul explained that there was “young and fairly unknown actressesGetting to read for the part, but they decided that Madsen was the one for the part, but in case she couldn’t join the project for some reason, Bullock would have been the one. Bullock wasn’t exactly a newcomer at the time. the candy man it was in development, but she wasn’t the big star she is now. Bullock’s big screen debut came in the action thriller. Executioners, in 1987, after which he appeared in A fool and his money Y Who shot Patakango?, both movies direct to video. Same year the candy man was released, starred in the romantic comedy Love Potion No. 9, but his big break came in 1994 with the action thriller Velocity, where he starred alongside Keanu Reeves. Since then, Bullock has appeared in several films of different genres, mostly comedy (Miss Sympathy), drama (The blind side), and even horror with Bird box.

As for Madsen, after the success of the candy man, she was the co-host of the Unsolved mysteries revival in 1999 and appeared in the movies The number 23, little Red Riding Hoodand the tv series Swamp Thing. It’s hard to say yes the candy man It would have been better or worse with Sandra Bullock as the lead, as Virginia Madsen did a great job playing Helen Lyle, but Bullock’s career would definitely have been different as her big break would have come sooner than she did, and if she had starred in major projects such as Miss Sympathy Y The blind side Whether or not it depends on the imagination of the audience.

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