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Betty White was offered the role of the mother of Helen Hunt's character in the 1997 film 'As Good As it Gets.' She turned it down because she objected to a scene where Jack Nicholson's character puts the dog down the trash chute.
'At one point they take this adorable little Brussels Griffon and the guy throws him down the laundry chute,' White said on 'The Joy Behar Show' in May 2011. 'Well, the dog lands on a pile of laundry and the dog is fine and all that. But all I could think of was all the people out there watching that movie.'
'And if there's a dog in the building that's barking or they don't like, boom, they do it. Or kids thinking it`s funny. And it doesn't have a happy ending. So I said ... I can't do that, hoping he would change the scene. [Director James L. Brooks] said, 'Betty, the dog is fine. Betty, the dog is the star of the movie.' And I said, I'm sorry, I just can't. And of course, it turned into a huge hit, but I never regretted turning it down.'
(Pictured: Jack Nicholson appears with Verdel, a Brussels Griffon dog, in a scene from the 1997 film 'As Good As it Gets.')
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