Julie Andrews was forced to give up a scintillating roll in Oscar-nominated The Wolf of Wall Street because she was recovering from ankle surgery.

The veteran British actress was offered a small roll that would have given her the opportunity to kiss leading man Leonardo DiCaprio. 

However, since the Sound of Music actress was recuperating from ankle surgery, the role of Aunt Emma went to Joanna Lumley instead. 

Andrews told Britain's Birmingham Post newspaper, "I've had problems for a long time with my ankle, after I twisted it many years ago. With general wear and tear it got worse, and eventually it just had to be taken care of. I was finding it very hard to walk, I was hanging on to anything I could find. I didn't like what I saw for the future.

"So I had the operation nearly two years ago. I'm fully recovered now, but I wasn't over it when I got the Wolf of Wall Street offer. I would love to have been part of the film but I couldn't alas. It was really a tough choice, but I didn't feel up to it. I was still having a hard time getting about, so regretfully I had to decline the offer. I'm sure Joanna Lumley was fabulous in the role."

Reference: News Net 5 Cleveland

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