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.”
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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.”
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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.