Charlize Theron vs. Elizabeth Berkley for Showgirls
: Charlize Theron
: Elizabeth Berkley
Charlize Theron dodged a career bullet. The Oscar-winning
actress, then a young model, once auditioned for the role of Nomi Malone, a young, aspiring actress who goes to Vegas only to become involved in the backstabbing world of Vegas showgirls, in the 1995 raunchy NC-17 film,
. "It was the second audition I ever went to,"
Theron later told MTV.com
. "From what I hear, they really liked me. I think the talks fell through with the actress that ended up doing it [
Saved By the Bell's
Elizabeth Berkley], and so they reopened it up and started casting it again, and that's when I came in. And then they somehow sorted out that deal." And Berkley was seemingly on the losing end. The actress later told
, "When the film came out, it kind of felt like I was the kid on the playground where
all the bullies
were just relentless and wouldn't stop."