Julia Roberts Was Once Suggested To Play Harriet Tubman By A Hollywood Studio Executive

Gregory Allen Howard is spilling crazy secrets from behind the scenes! The “Harriet” screenwriter opened up in a Q&A for Focus Features about his 25-year journey to making the biopic. He revealed that in 1994 a Hollywood executive once had the farfetched idea to have Julia Roberts play the titular role of Harriet Tubman. Furthermore, after he was reminded that Tubman was a black woman, the then-studio president replied, “It was so long ago. No one is going to know the difference.”