Susan Sarandon Reveals The Drama Behind ‘The Witches of Eastwick’
Susan Sarandon recently joked that Cher stole the role intended for her in their classic film The Witches of Eastwick, claiming that Cher had a “liaison” with producer Jon Peters.
Susan played dowdy teacher Jane in the 1987 movie with Jack Nicholson as the devil. In a new interview with the screenwriter, Michael Cristofer, the actress shared that she was originally hired to play Cher’s role of sexy sculptress Alex.
“I initially was cast in Cher’s part, and didn’t find out till I got to LA — because I was living in Rome — that I was actually moved to a different part,” she recalled. “I had to learn suddenly to play the cello, and I had never played an instrument in my life. They said they would sue me if I left, so I didn’t have much choice!”
“Cher sort of muscled her way into that part,” Michael said, to which Susan replied, “That’s Jon … [He] and Cher had a past liaison or something, so that was another element.”
Still, Cher and Susan got along just fine. In fact, Cher lent her a wig and dress for a scene in which Jack seduces her.
They also had lunch with Jack in his trailer every day.
Susan added that she, Cher and co-star Michelle Pfeiffer bonded amidst a turbulent shoot, during which Jon threw chairs on the set in a temper tantrum and director George Miller quit twice.
“There were a lot of reasons why we could not have gotten along, and everybody took a higher road,” she said.
Ay! Thank you, Susan, for this tea.