Len Wiseman had a strange strategy for convincing his wife, the lovely Kate Beckinsale, to sign on for a major part in his remake of “Total Recall” when she said she could only make a cameo. No, Wiseman didn’t just beg her. Nor did he slyly challenge her to an arm wrestling match with the stakes being her participation. No, he asked the head of Sony Pictures to call her instead.
“When my husband first signed on to the project, he was like, ‘Oh my god, I really want you to play this bitch-psycho wife.’ I was totally offended and didn’t think any more of it for a while,” Beckinsale told MTV at Comic-Con last week. “We’d had a conversation about the fact that I wasn’t available and we were both being very grown-up about it and he said, ‘Well, maybe, will you play the three-breasted hooker just so that you’re in the movie?’ And I was like, ‘OK.’”
While Beckinsale was happy with her part, a role that made a big splash when the original movie come out in 1990, that’s not how things ended up.