Who Isn't In Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" Video? It Was Hard To Find Anyone, But Somehow These Actors Didn't Make The Cut

The madness WON'T END! Taylor Swift can't stop, won't stop releasing promo posters for the "Bad Blood" music video featuring her famous friends. So far, we know that Lena Dunham, Zendaya, Gigi Hadid, Hailee Steinfeld, Kendrick Lamar, and about 10 other famous people will be in Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" music video, and the list grows longer every day.

Jessica Alba, Karlie Kloss, and Serayah have been added to the ranks this week. This leads me to believe that the "Bad Blood" music video will continue to metastasize until it has spread to the heart, lungs, and brain of the entertainment world. But who didn't make the cut for the "Bad Blood" music video? Since this seems to be the biggest deal in Hollywood, I'm guessing that every Oscar winner ever was called in for it. And while they surely reached out to Christopher Walken to play the super villain, it probably didn't work out. Despite their critically acclaimed acting chops, these nine actors will probably not be in Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" video. The reasons range from, a) scheduling conflicts to, b) not being "on-brand" to, c) they'd never agree to it.

Helen Mirren

My guess is that they called Mirren in to play a Queen of Hearts-style character (she had a name picked out already — Queen of Bleeding Hearts). She NAILED the audition, but the list was getting too long, and they had to let Mirren go to make room for Martha Hunt.


Steve Buscemi

Imagine everything Steve Buscemi could’ve brought to this video! Could you find a better actor to play “man menacingly lurking in an alley?” With the whole Sin City vibe that this video seems to be going for, I would imagine that they’d need some alley lurkers.


Maggie Smith

Smith would’ve been perfect for the video, given the fact that the song is about throwing shade. And as we all know, the dowager countess of Grantham has a judging-you-face like no other. However, she probably won’t be in it. My guess is that there were scheduling conflicts.

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Robert De Niro

Why not have De Niro reprise his role as Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver in this musical mini-movie? I mean, imagine how interesting it would be to see Taylor Swift try to make sense of him.


Meryl Streep

Streep and Swift were probably in talks to have her make a cameo. She had a persona, name, and outfit picked out, but in the final stages, Swift realized that Streep would probably get an Oscar nod for the video. Not ready to have her thunder stolen, Swift made the executive decision to let Meryl go. It was tough.

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Christopher Walken

I’m imagining that Walken was pitched at some point to play the arch nemesis of Taylor Swift. After all, nobody does ominous quite like Walken. However, my guess is that he and Swiftie had no on-screen chemistry.


Judi Dench

The conflict with Dench was likely the same one with Streep: the risk of her winning an Oscar for her 10-second appearance was too high.

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Daniel Day-Lewis

DDL would’ve brought a sense of understated artistry to the video, as he does in all things. Sadly, he probably has no idea who Taylor Swift is, and would thus never respond to any attempts to contact him.


Cate Blanchett

Blanchett’s name was being bounced around to play some sort of mystical telekinetic goddess, but when they reached out to her, she was like, “Nah, I’m good.”