Ryan Reynolds has had a great run in Hollywood. He has done critically acclaimed indie films and was given another shot at redemption in the superhero industry by starring in the early 2016 hit Deadpool. So it may be hard to believe that even the great Ryan Reynolds gets rejected for films.
In a sit-down interview with fellow actor Taraji P Henson for Variety‘s Actors on Actors, Reynolds gets candid about failing a recent audition for a Coen brothers movie. Read more about his experience below.
Ryan Reynolds Admits Failing an Audition for a Coen Brothers Movie
Ryan Reynolds got to live his dream when he was cast for the Deadpool, which made more than $700 million against a $58 million budget when it was released in theaters around the world. The film ultimately went on to become the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time.
But like many actors, Reynolds learned that nothing everything comes easy in Hollywood. The Deadpool star shared how he blew his auditions for a Coen brothers movie.
“I auditioned and failed for the Coen brothers,” he shared. “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?’”
Reynolds did not go into detail as to what movie he auditioned for, but the Coen brothers do hold a reputation for setting high standards when it comes to the movies they choose to work on. They happen to be the creative minds behind the critically acclaimed hits Fargo, True Grit, and the smart comedy film Hail, Caesar!
As for Henson, the actress was also candid about her audition experience. The actress currently plays Cookie Lyons in the top-rating Fox television show Empire. Prior to landing the iconic role, Henson auditioned for the character Olivia Pope in another popular TV show Scandal. That part eventually went to Keri Washington.
Despite their shortcomings, things seemed to have worked out in the end for both Henson and Reynolds. Henson is getting a lot of Oscar buzz for her performance as Katherine Johnson for the documentary Hidden Figures. Reynolds, on the other hand, has a handful of movie projects attached to his name, including the much-awaited sequel to Deadpool.