He may be the newest face to join the wizarding world of Harry Potter in “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them”, but Eddie Redmayne almost took a trip to a galaxy far, far away instead.
In an interview with Uproxx, Redmayne reveals he auditioned for the part of Kylo Ren in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, the role that was ultimately claimed by Adam Driver.
“They gave me like a ‘Star Trek’ scene – or like something from ‘Pride and Prejudice’,” the 34-year-old Oscar-winning actor says. “It was one of those films. With films that top secret, they don’t give you the actual lines. So they give you a scene from ‘Pride and Prejudice’, but then they tell you you’re auditioning for the baddie. If you’re me, you then put some ridiculous voice on.”
Redmayne adds that no matter what voice he tried during the audition, nothing seemed to impress casting director Nina Gold.
“That was a really hilarious moment,” he continues. “Because it was Nina Gold, who I have to thank a lot because she’s cast me in several films. And she was just sitting there and I was trying again and again with different versions of my kind of ‘koohh paaaah’ [Darth Vader breathing sound] voice. And after like 10 shots she’s like, ‘You got anything else?’ I was like, ‘No.'”
This isn’t the first time Redmayne has revealed he didn’t land a high-profile part because of a “ridiculous voice.”
Last year, he told “The Graham Norton Show” a hilarious story about how he auditioned for the role of Bilbo Baggins in “The Hobbit”. It seems that casting director didn’t care for Redmayne’s Hobbit voice or wild hand gestures.