Bette Midler could have played an iconic role in 1992, but she was having nun of that.
The actress revealed that she was offered the lead role in "Sister Act" 30 years ago but turned it down because of, of all things, the wardrobe.
"They came to me with Sister Act, and I said, 'My fans don't want to see me in a wimple,'" Bette said on the Just For Variety podcast. "Can you believe that? How off the wall is that? How crazy is that? Jeffrey Katzenberg called me every day, 'Please, please.' I stood my ground because I really was afraid of the costume. Isn't that amazing? I can wear anything but a nun's habit?"
In the end, the iconic role went to Whoopi Goldberg, and "Sister Act" became a massive hit that also spawned sequels.
"Whoopi wore [the outfit] all the way to the bank, so God bless her. And she was perfect for it," Bette said.
The "Beaches" actress also passed on starring in 1990's "Misery," but she has no regrets about deciding against doing the Rob Reiner-directed film.
"I just couldn't. It was too violent," she said. "The character was so not funny, so without any qualities of redemption. She cut off his foot. Come on. Who does that?"
Bette has been in many movies and TV shows, including Netflix's "The Politician." But, she has no plans to go into politics in real life.
"I'm not smart enough. And the difference between me and the people who actually hold office is that I'm smart enough to know that I'm not smart enough to be in governance, to be in lawmaking," she said. "Some of these people, you don't have any idea why in the name of God they got into politics. They're so lame and they're so stupid. And they don't really give a s*** about their constituents. They're mostly there for a cash grab. I really do believe that. I never thought that way when I was a kid."
The politically-minded star added that the United States is "being governed by people who are so clueless."