In interviews that the then-41-year-old SISTERS star has done to promote her new ABC show, ONCE AND AGAIN, she revealed that she tried out for the role of Paris Carver in TOMORROW NEVER DIES. While she didn`t name the director, she was obviously talking about Roger Spottiswoode when she said, “The director told me they wanted the Sela Ward of 10 years ago.” In other words, they considered her to be too old. This is interesting. After United Artists cancelled any plans to cast a European actress in the role of Paris, they looked to Sela Ward before they settled on Teri Hatcher, who was younger and certainly more popular among males.
Sela was an established film and television star before trying out for the role of Paris Carver. She won critical acclaim for her portrayal of newsreporter Jessia Savitch in the Lifetime film: ALMOST GOLDEN: THE JESSICA SAVITCH STORY as well as the doomed wife of Harrison Ford in the 1993 blockbuster film THE FUGITIVE. After failing to get the role in TOMORROW NEVER DIES, she starred opposite Mike Myers, Ryan Phillipe and Salma Hayek in 54, the true life account of the infamous 1970`s New York disco that was a mecca for drugs, sex and dance music.