Ryan Reynolds has some skeletons in his audition tape closet.
The Deadpool star recently sat down with Taraji P. Henson for Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series, and revealed there’s a certain audition tape from his past he hopes never sees the light of day.
After noting that he “was never a great auditioner,” Reynolds recalled one audition where he had to sing: “I’m a nervous singer. I’m one of those people that … you know when you’re in the shower, and you’re like, ‘This is pretty good?’ But once I get out into the real world, it’s just like my voice turns into a hammer that hits everybody in the face.”
So when he auditioned for a movie that involved singing, Reynolds says it “was pretty bad.” So bad, in fact, he says, “I look back and I think, ‘What if that tape surfaces at some point? That’ll be the death of me.’ Yeah. That was pretty awful.”
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Even stardom hasn’t stopped Reynolds from delivering the occasional clunker. Asked about his last audition, he told Henson, “I auditioned and failed for the Coen brothers.Hail, Caesar! was it? No, it was the one before that.”
He added, “It wasn’t the right fit, mostly because they’re very high class. They were just quietly shaking their heads, like, ‘What are you doing here? Do you have a SAG card?’ ”