Julie Andrews Missed 'The Wolf of Wall Street' Role Because She Was High on Prescription Drugs after Ankle Surgery

Julie Andrews shared the surprising reason she did not appear in "The Wolf of Wall Street" in an interview promoting her new book. 

Andrews, 84, went onto "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen" and admitted that she was too high on anesthetic drugs to take the role in the hit 2013 film. 

According to People, the famous British star said she does regret missing the role but simply wasn't able to do it when the offer was presented to her.

Julie Andrews attends the 76th Venice Film Festival in Italy on September 2, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

Julie Andrews attends the 76th Venice Film Festival in Italy on September 2, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

She had recently undergone an operation at the time. Jokingly, Andrews called herself a "bionic woman" and said that she has a "titanium ankle."

She added

"I was so truly stoned from all the drugs that I had to take to take the pain away. Really, it was mostly the anesthetics."

After she described the operation, Andrews said she "would've loved to work with [Martin] Scorsese," the film's director. If she had accepted, Andrews would have played aunt Emma. 

Julie Andrews attends the Venice Film Festival in Italy on September 3, 2019 | Photo: Getty images

Julie Andrews attends the Venice Film Festival in Italy on September 3, 2019 | Photo: Getty images

Instead, fellow British actress Joanna Lumley got the part of Emma, the woman who helped Jordan Belfort, played by Leonard DiCaprio, hide some money in Swiss banks.

So while Andrews was high on pain-relieving drugs, the drug-fueled movie went on without her — and soon became a classic. The actress also addressed a possible "Princess Diaries 3" production. 

Apparently, the "Princess Diaries" alum wasn't in the loop about any concrete plans to bring the popular films back to life. "The truth is I haven't heard [about the script]," she said

She continued

"But, there's been talk about it for quite a while. I think she [Hathaway] had or is having a second child, and she's busy and I’ve been busy. I think if it happens, it would be lovely, and if it doesn't, I wouldn’t have known about it."

Andrews further commented on the December 2018 revamp of the beloved classic "Mary Poppins" which starred Emily Blunt in "Mary Poppins Returns." 

The legend said she loved the remake and gracefully insisted that it was about time a second film was made. Next to her, Whoopi Goldberg said she took a while to come around to the remake because Andrews would always be Mary Poppins to her. 

This is probably the case for many older fans of the beloved actress — and for good reason. After decades of a full career, Andrew was named the recipient of a Life Achievement Award from the AFI last month

The prestigious award, which was bestowed onto Denzel Washington last year, was the 48th to be given out by the institution. Andrews was recognized for many roles, most notably "The Sound of Music," "My Fair Lady," and, of course, "Mary Poppins."

Andrews is now in the process of filming Netflix's "Bridgerton," in which she will play the role of Lady Whistledown in the drama based in England's Regency era. 

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