Many people admire Madonna’s career, but there’s one position she wishes she hadn’t passed up.
The 63-year-old pop singer revealed that she turned down a role in The Matrix in an interview with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday’s edition of The Tonight Show.
She told Fallon, 47, “Can you believe that?” “That is, without a doubt, one of the finest films ever created. Only a teeny-tiny of me regrets that one time in my life.”
The Matrix is a 1999 film about a hacker named Neo (Keanu Reeves) who becomes trapped within a virtual environment. According to Box Office Mojo, the sci-fi picture grossed $171.5 million in the United States and $466.3 million worldwide and won a slew of accolades.
Madonna stated that she also passed up the opportunity to portray Catwoman in Batman Returns and a starring part in Showgirls, but she only regrets the latter.
“I saw them both and I regret that I turned down Catwoman, that was pretty fierce,” the Grammy-winner confessed. “Showgirls? No.”
Madonna is now in the process of directing a film on her life. Other films directed by the artist include Filth and Wisdom (2008) and W.E. (2011).
Studios have attempted to make films on Madonna’s life in the past, but none of them lived up to her expectations. “The most awful, shallow piece of garbage I’ve ever read,” she told Fallon of one film.
“I’m thinking, ‘Why would these people want to make a movie about my life?’ There’s nothing true in the script,” she explained, adding that a director behind one of the proposed films “had no appreciation for women.”