Actor Michael J. Fox recently appeared on ABC’s talk show The View, where he expressed his regret for not working with co-host Whoopi Goldberg on the 1990 romantic fantasy film Ghost. During the interview, Goldberg asked Fox if he had any regrets about turning down roles in the past, to which Fox responded with his missed opportunity to work with her on the film.
Fox revealed that he was approached to star in Ghost early on but turned down the offer, stating that he didn’t think the film would work. He specifically mentioned Goldberg’s involvement in the project, acknowledging her talent but still doubting the film’s success.
Admission of Regret
Fox later expressed his regret for his decision, recognizing the film’s massive success and calling himself a “f***ing idiot” for passing on the opportunity to work with Goldberg. Goldberg, however, remained optimistic, telling Fox that there’s still time for them to work together in the future.
Ghost, directed by Jerry Zucker and written by Bruce Joel Rubin, starred Goldberg, Demi Moore, and Patrick Swayze. The film tells the story of Swayze’s character, Sam, who returns as a ghost to protect his girlfriend Molly (Moore) from his killer. Goldberg’s character, Oda Mae Brown, serves as a psychic medium who helps Sam communicate with Molly. The film was a critical and commercial success, with Goldberg winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and the film itself winning Best Screenplay.
Overall, Fox’s admission of regret highlights the importance of taking risks and not underestimating the potential success of a project. It also serves as a reminder that missed opportunities can be a valuable lesson for future decision-making.