Michael Douglas could have had a very different lead in the classic rom-com Romancing the Stone — if Debra Winger hadn’t been so cocky.
The ‘Terms of Affections’ star made quite an impression on Douglas before she lost the iconic ’80s role to Kathleen Turner.
Douglas, 77, recently claimed on Rob Lowe’s “Literally!” podcast that three-time Oscar nominee Winger bit his arm and “burst into tears” during a pre-shoot dinner with director Robert Zemeckis.
The couple “drank tequilas back” and chatted amiably, so things seemed to be going well.
But after the meal was over and they left the restaurant, Winger reportedly leaned over and munched on the “Fatal Attraction” star’s arm like a piece of steak.
“We go out and, just like you would say, ‘Oh you!’ and give someone a little smack in the arm, she goes ‘Oh you!’ and she reaches over and she bites my arm. I’m like, ‘Aaargh!’ She bites me,” Douglas recalled to host Lowe, 58.
The Wall Street star added, “She’s joking and I look at her and I’m like, ‘I don’t know, I think this might be tough…’ She broke her skin!”
Some time later, Douglas spoke to Zemeckis in the studio and the Winger incident came up in conversation.
“I burst into tears, ‘I can’t go in the jungle with her, she bit me, look! She bit my arm,'” Douglas said.
The Post has reached out to Wingers Camp for comment.
Romancing the Stone tells the story of a mercenary and a romance novelist who fall in love on an Indiana Jones-esque journey through the jungle.
Body Heat stunner Turner, 67, was later suggested as Winger’s replacement, and she made movie history in the role. Douglas and Turner reunited in 1985 for the sequel The Jewel of the Nile. She also won the 1985 Golden Globe for Best Actress for her portrayal of author Joan Wilder, and also received Oscar and Tony nods.
The classic film duo later reunited as fighting exes in 2021 for Netflix’s The Kominsky Method.
Meanwhile, the 66-year-old Winger wasn’t exactly short of work — or legendary leads — after missing out on the “Stone” role: The “Urban Cowboy” badass received Oscar nods for “Officer and Gentleman,” opposite Richard Gere, “Terms of Endearment” with Jack Nicholson and “Shadowlands” with Anthony Hopkins.
However, she missed out on another iconic role: she infamously failed in 1992’s ‘A League of Their Own’ due to Madonna’s ‘stunt’ casting – and was replaced by Geena Davis in the lead.
Ant-Man actor Douglas also recently reflected on the advice his late father, Kirk Douglas, gave him in building his film career. The “Spartacus” star died in February 2020 at the age of 103.
Douglas spoke to the producers of the fourth annual Meihodo International Youth Visual Media Festival back in February and spoke about the future of the film and its famous father.
“Having a father who was a movie star and a mother [Diana Douglas] As an actress, I could watch their insecurities and see that what was on screen didn’t exactly represent who that person was,” he said.