Hugh Jackman Says Losing Role After Sandra Bullock Audition Was ‘Humiliating’

Moreover a number of notes in “Les Misérables,” Hugh Jackman hardly ever misses as one of the vital beloved film stars, stage actors and Ryan Reynolds feuding companions of our time.

However earlier than he ever bared his adamantium claws on the massive display screen, Jackman made an early profession misstep whereas auditioning for a task within the 2000 motion comedy “Miss Congeniality” starring Sandra Bullock.

“No one knew ‘X-Men’ yet. I was a nobody,” Jackman instructed Selection concerning the audition, which he solely did at his agent’s behest to assist negotiate a suggestion for the rom-com “Someone Like You.”

Jackman was one among a small group of actors that examined with Bullock, who each starred within the movie because the secret agent Gracie Hart and served as producer.

Naturally, Bullock blew a comparatively unprepared and inexperienced Jackman out of the water.

“‘Holy shit! She’s amazing! And so quick and fast,’” the actor recalled pondering. “‘I’m not even vaguely up to speed here.’ I was pedaling as fast as I could, but I didn’t know the script well enough.”

Hugh Jackman attends the screening of his new movie “The Son.”

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“It was the first time I’d tested [with another actor],” he added. “I was impressed that she was in there. I didn’t expect her to be in there. I’m guessing eight people she tested with.”

The position finally went to Benjamin Bratt, who starred reverse Bullock as her love curiosity FBI Agent Eric Matthews, however didn’t return for the 2005 sequel “Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous.”

Getting turned down nonetheless stings for Jackman, who stated he has by no means “told that story by the way” till now.

“That’s humiliating, when your agent says, ‘I don’t want you to get this job, but just go get it.’ And then you don’t get it,” he stated.

However, ultimately, all of it labored out for one of the best, as Jackman went onto land the breakout position of his profession as Wolverine in “X-Men” that very same yr, spawning a number of sequels and his personal franchise.

Greater than 20 years later, Jackman is ready to reprise the position within the upcoming third “Deadpool” film alongside Ryan Reynolds. And, no auditioning was required, as he merely known as the actor on the telephone to specific his curiosity within the team-up film.

“I think, actually, he’d given up,” Jackman stated of Reynolds’ response. “I think it was a big shock to him. There was a massive pause, and then he said, ‘I can’t believe the timing of this.’”