Julie Andrews missed Wolf of Wall Street due to ankle surgery

Veteran British actress DAME JULIE ANDREWS was forced to turn down a role in Oscar-nominated movie THE WOLF OF WALL STREET because she was recovering from ankle surgery.

The Sound Of Music legend was offered a small part in the film that would have given her the chance to lock lips with leading man Leonardo DiCaprio.

However, Andrews was recovering from ankle surgery at the time the movie was being filmed, so the role of Aunt Emma went to Joanna Lumley instead.

Andrews tells 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 a really tough choice but I didn't feel up to it. I was still having a hard time getting about, so very regretfully I had to decline the offer. I'm sure Joanna Lumley was fabulous in the role."

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