Everyone makes mistakes — even famous actors auditioning for iconic roles. Jake Gyllenhaal just spilled the beans about his botched auditions for Lord Of The Rings and Dude, Where's My Car? on Jimmy Fallon, but he's not the only one that embarrassed himself and then decided to share the funny news with the world.
1. Jake Gyllenhaal - Frodo Fail
Elijah Wood stars in The Lord Of The Rings trilogy as Frodo Baggins, but could Jake Gyllenhaal have been the bravest hobbit on Middle Earth instead?
No, no he could not have been. Not after he bombed the audition. He told Jimmy Fallon,
"So I went in, and I remember going to this room. There was a lot of stage directions and no lines... It was just like finding the ring... and I remember I didn't really do it because I didn't really understand because there were no lines, so I sort of walked up, and opened [a box] up and I was like 'Is that good?' Literally Peter Jackson was like *face palm.*"
After another scene with actual lines, he neglected to put on a British accent, and Peter Jackson told him: "You are the worst actor that I have ever seen."
Ouch. Check out the whole interview here:
2. Lucy Hale - Fifty Shades Of No Thank You
Hale auditioned for the role of Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades, and she told Cosmopolitan all about it back in August 2014:
"That audition was so uncomfortable! It's exactly what you thought it would be: a big monologue but very, very sexual ... there were some things that I was so embarrassed to be reading out loud, but it's one of those things where you have to commit wholeheartedly or you're going to make a fool of yourself."
Oh, well. Hale is still enjoying starring in Pretty Little Liars, and working on launching her country music career.
3. Eddie Redmayne - Bizarro Bilbo
Jake Gyllenhaal isn't the only one with dashed dreams of playing a hobbit. Eddie Redmayne auditioned for the part of Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, and thought he was doing something really special — only be told he was way over the top.
He told Graham Norton:
"I was sent an audition for Bilbo Baggins, which shows that they were really casting the net wide, and I went to the audition. I'd been really rigorous about it and didn't want to just do my usual boring thing, so I went on YouTube and found Ian Holm who played it in The Lord Of The Rings, and I tried to copy his character. I arrived there and the casting director put on the camcorder and I started reading the scene—"
You really have to watch the clip to see just how strange it was:
The 34-year-old actor is finally getting his day, as he'll be starring in the Harry Potter spin off Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, which premieres in November.
4. Emma Stone - Sloppy Seconds
Timing is everything, and unluckily for Emma Stone, she was just a smidgen too late during her audition for Claire Bennet on Heroes. She told Vanity Fair that as she waited to go in for her audition:
"I could hear that, in the other room, a girl had just gone in and they were saying, ‘You are our pick … On a scale of 1 to 10 you’re an 11'... I went home and just had this meltdown."
The girl? Yep. It was Hayden Panettiere. Stone said she felt like she hit "rock bottom."
Of course, she didn't stay down there for long. The 27-year-old actress went on to star in Easy A (2010) and The Help (2011), and is currently working on a new film, The Favourite, set for a 2017 release.
5. January Jones - Coyote Oh, Honey
The blonde bombshell — best known as Betty Draper on Mad Men — is definitely stunning, but apparently her dance moves are a little stunted. This is what she told the Hollywood Reporter about her unsuccessful Coyote Ugly audition:
"That just reminded me of one of the worst moments in my entire life. It was an audition for Coyote Ugly, my second audition ever. I'd done the reading for the acting part and then Jerry Bruckheimer wanted me to come in and dance … on top of the table. ... They said, "You're going to dance to Prince's 'Kiss.' You're going to pole dance, but there is no pole." And I just turned beet red. It was awful, and he said something like, "Honey, you did a great reading, but you've got no rhythm." I called my agent and said, "I don't want to do this anymore."
6. Bryan Cranston - Those Boots Were Made For Walking
Golden Globe and Emmy winning actor Bryan Cranston earned his current fame playing the deeply disturbed meth-cooking dad Walter White in Breaking Bad, but he hasn't always been as intimidating as Heisenberg. He told the Huffington Post about one particularly cringey audition gone awry, back when he was just getting started:
“I was auditioning for a movie at Paramount. I was 21... it said [the character] was a cocky, self-centered, egotistical brat. I remember wearing cowboy boots and jeans, an open loose shirt. The story took place in Texas or something, so I thought, ‘I’m going to go in there and be just this guy.’ I walked in like this and he stands up, holds out his hand and I go, psh. I sat down, kicked my boots up onto his desk and just kind of looked at him. He sat down, looked at my boots and said, ‘Get your boots off of my desk.’ And I went, ‘Oh s—t.’ Then I went psh. I just scoffed at him again... he goes, ‘GET YOUR BOOTS OFF MY DESK.’ And I just thought, it’s over, and I just took the boots, sat up a little bit. ‘I tried something. Didn’t work. I’m sorry,’ and said, ‘Wouldn’t really matter if I read now, would it?’ And he goes, ‘No.’ I got up and walked out.”
Bonus: Lea Michele - Rachel Scary
Not all blunders turn into total busts. Lea Michele was able to turn around her audition for Glee without even realizing it!
When the accompanist messed up her song during her Glee audition, Lea Michele's reaction was so utterly Rachel Barry-like, the casting directors adored her and she landed the part anyway.
Watch the audition below: