Professional risk-taker Madonna is not known as a woman of regrets. Well, she’s had few.
The legendary Queen of Pop — and doing it her way — dropped a couple of bombshells Thursday while promoting her new Paramount+ concert special, “Madame X,” on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.”
When chatty Fallon, 47, asked her about reports she turned down the legendary Vegas stripper flop “Showgirls” — she expressed no regrets about giving a thumbs down to the most critically lambasted flick of 1995, which is now an undisputed cult classic.
However, Madonna, 63, does regret not pouring herself into that iconic Latex suit later worn by Oscar nominee Michelle Pfeiffer in Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns” in 1992.
“I saw them both, and I regret that I turned down Catwoman.” Quite simply, the part was “fierce,” she admitted. “‘Showgirls’? No.”
Although rumors have swirled for years that the legendary “Material Girl” turned down both of those roles, Madonna shocked the late-night host with her next admission.
She turned down the chance to co-star in a sci-fi action blockbuster that blew minds around the world 18 years ago — and is set for an upcoming reboot.
“I also turned down the role in ‘The Matrix.’ Can you believe that? I wanted to kill myself,” she said, most likely referring to the film’s only female lead role: Trinty, which would eventually be played by Carrie-Ann Moss, 54.
The 1999 film launched a hugely influential trilogy — and went on to gross more than $1.6 billion at the international box office. Madonna admitted to Fallon that it remains one of her few regrets in a nearly four-decade career marked by constant reinvention and button-pushing.
“Poor Madonna,” Fallon lamented.
“That’s like one of the best movies ever made,” Madonna said of the enduring Wachowski franchise, to which Fallon responded, “You don’t regret anything?”
The singer-songwriter acquiesced, “A teeny-tiny part of me regrets just that one moment in my life.”
Meanwhile, Moss will create her now-signature role when “The Matrix Resurrections” premieres in theaters and on HBO Max come Dec. 22.