STARS AUDITION TAPES – The part of the entertainment industry that doesn’t get a lot of notice is casting. Yes I know that everyone gets excited when a big named Hollywood star is attached to project but no one really cares when a little-known actor wins a role. However sometimes the little-known actor becomes the big-name star because everyone’s got to start somewhere. Who would’ve thought when a very young Natalie Portman auditioned for role in Leon: The Professional, that she would one day win an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture? Or how about Gerard Butler going from being Dracula to the leading the Spartans in 300 to one of the biggest surprises in box office history? Have a gander at 12 audition tapes of movie stars before they became famous including one for Scarlett Johansson for role the she did not even win.
Before Hugh Jackman became the Wolverine, he was known for his talents in the theater world. Jackman gained an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical for his work in “Oklahoma!” in London’s West End. A year before he auditioned for X-Men he appeared in the 1999 movie version of “Oklahoma!”. So when director Bryan Singer picked him to play Logan in X-Men, it wasn’t guaranteed that he would become know for the iconic role.
With already a couple movies under her belt, Rachel McAdams auditioned for the role that would change her career. Along with fellow Canadian Ryan Gosling, the two actors would star in one of the top romances of all time and soon after become a power couple in Hollywood. However it was not guaranteed that McAdams would win the role. She had been a supporting actress in the hit movie Mean Girls and the absurd comedy Hot Chick, which neither guaranteed that she could be a leading actress.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Starting out as a comedian in the famous Chicago acting troupe, The Second City, Steve Carell would work hard going from bit parts to short-lived TV series, in a bid to fulfill his dream. The actor would even lose out on a cast member spot on Saturday Night Live to fellow comedian Will Ferrell. After experiencing success as a reporter on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Ferrell gave him a chance to audition for a part in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy that would leave audiences saying, “I love lamp!”