Eddie did an interview with Josh Horowitz from MTV in his weekly podcast Happy Sad Confused. And he talks about his unfortunate auditions for Star Wars and The Hobbit.
Eddie Redmayne has more than proved himself as a great actor. His “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” totally owns, and he’ll probably get an Oscar nomination for “The Theory of Everything.”
But everybody has bad days.
One bad day in particular may have cost Redmayne a villain role in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
(The relevant portion of the talk starts around the 28-minute mark.)
On the most recent episode of “Happy Sad Confused,” Redmayne described two of the “hundreds” of bad auditions he hoped to never recreated, including his recent brush with “The Force Awakens.”
“Recently my ‘Star Wars’ audition was pretty catastrophically bad. There’s this wonderful casting director called Nina Gold, who I absolutely love,” Redmayne said. “I went in and did this scene, and after seven times of trying to play… [Gold] was like, ‘Got anything else, Eddie?’ I was like, ‘No, I want out.’ ‘I think we’re going to have to agree to part on this one.’ I said, ‘Ok, that’s a childhood dream crushed.’ ”
It’s OK, Eddie. Maybe an Oscar will help console you.