Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron
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Charlize Theron turned down a role in the Wonder Woman movie, but the role - and the reason she turned it down - were not revealed until now.

During an appearance on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, Theron revealed that she was asked to play the titular character's mother, Hippolyta. Theron said she was surprised she was asked to play the matron and not Wonder Woman herself.

"This is a great of example of how Hollywood slaps you in the face when you start aging, So somebody had said to me, ‘Oh, there’s action on this thing, Wonder Woman — we just want to make you aware of it.’ And I was like, ‘I’m just not familiar with it … I mean, what does Wonder Woman do?’" Theron said. "And this person said, ‘No, it’s for Wonder Woman’s mom.’"

Theron is nine years older than Gal Gadot, who plays Wonder Woman.

"It was the defining moment where I crossed over,” she said. “And I wasn’t fully aware of it."

Nicole Kidman, 51,  has said she was also offered the Hippolyta role, but passed. The role ultimately went to Connie Nielsen, aged 53.

Theron played the lead role in Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins directorial debut, Monster, in 2003.

You can watch Theron's interview segment here:

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