On the latest episode of There’s Something About The Movies, Romesh Ranganathan revealed that he had previously auditioned for The Martian but had a particularly painful experience when he met the casting director.
Matt Damon’s 2015 sci-fi film followed an abandoned lone astronaut on Mars and NASA’s frustrating efforts to bring him home.
Directed by Ridley Scott, the film features a stunning cast including Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig and Jeff Daniels.
Romesh, however, did not make the cut.
“I auditioned for The Martian,” he told host Alan Carr, as well as players Jennifer Saunders, Claudia Winkleman, Rafe Spall, Mark Frost and Tom Allen. “I had to kind of play ‘the brown guy on the commuter screen’.
“I went to the audition, walked in and the casting director sat down and I said, ‘Do you want me to do that English or that American?
“She said, ‘Why don’t we do it as an American? “
And it was disaster from there.
“I hadn’t prepared the American,” Romesh explained. “I can’t even do an American accent – I don’t know why I suggested it.
“I actually thought she would say English and it looks like I can do both.”
it was a 50:50 chance that I was going to advertise myself
“Looking back, there was a 50:50 chance that I was going to advertise myself,” he admitted.
“I was reading this and she started to laugh. Then I did it again and she started laughing even harder.
“Then at the end, I said to him, ‘I don’t think it’s useful for me to do this in English, do I? She said no and that’s it.
There’s Something About Movies is the Sky One panel which hosts a series of top Hollywood talent each week to share their unexpected stories about the set of great movies and test their cinematic anecdotes.
During the last series, Michael Sheen recalled a strange rule of filmmaker Woody Allen during his stint in the film, Midnight in Pars.
There’s something about the movies airing tonight at 9 p.m. on Sky One.
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