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Regé-Jean Page Wins Bridgerton's First Acting Award: See the 2021 NAACP Image Award Winners List
Regé-Jean Page, who plays the Duke of Hastings on Netflix's Bridgerton, took home an NAACP Image Award for his performance. Keep reading for the list of winners!On Saturday, March 27, the Bridgerton breakout star took home the outstanding actor in a drama series award for his portrayal of the Duke of Hastings on Shonda Rhimes' particularly steamy Netflix show. The actor, who beat out Jonathan Majors (Lovecraft Country), Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us), Keith David (Greenleaf) and Nico Annan (P-Valley) at the ceremony, appeared virtually to accept his prize—which just so happens to be the very first acting award for Bridgerton.
No doubtwas the heart and soul of Big.
But Elizabeth Perkins, who played Susan in the 1988 movie, just revealed that the star wasn't originally chosen to step atop that iconic piano as Josh. During a recent appearance on, Perkins told host that another Oscar winner was originally cast as the film's lead.
"was actually cast in the role of Josh in the movie Big," she revealed to a shocked Cohen. "Then it fell apart because he had a scheduling conflict and then they went to Tom Hanks. It's like a totally different movie in my brain with Robert de Niro."
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Perkins also confirmed she originally auditioned with de Niro prior to the casting swap. "He was more moody," she said, comparing him to Hanks. "It was more of, a little bit of a horror movie, it was Robert de Niro wandering around the streets of New York."
She also noted that what Hanks brought to the role was "so much lighter." And the performance clearly clicked with audiences, as thefilm went on to become a box office success. It also earned Hanks his very first Oscar nomination.
During her virtual appearance on, Perkins also admitted she had "such a crush" on Hanks while playing his on-screen love interest. "I was single, he was with already, they were dating, they hadn't gotten married yet," Perkins said of Hanks' now-wife. "So he was completely off limits. But he was adorable."
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