Ryan Reynolds is coming off his best year ever thanks to “Deadpool,” which finally landed him a worldwide blockbuster and iconic big screen character. But it wasn’t that long ago when Reynolds was still auditioning for projects, one of which surprisingly was the Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis.” During a sit-down interview with Taraji P. Henson for Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series, Reynolds reminisced on one of his last auditions, citing it as the film before “Hail, Caesar!,” which would make it the folk drama that eventually starred Oscar Isaac.
“I auditioned and failed for the Coen brothers,” he told the “Hidden Figures” actress. “It wasn’t the right fit, mostly because they’re very high class. They were just quietly shaking their heads, like, ‘What are you doing here? Do you have a SAG card?'”
Reynolds did not disclose which role he tried out for, but it’s hard to be mad at the Coen Brothers when each male role was cast to perfection, from Oscar Isaac to small supporting turns by Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver. If we had to guess, Reynolds probably auditioned for Timberlake’s role as the handsome, commercial recording artist Jim Berkey.
Reynolds is always one to joke around, and he appears to be in good spirits after bombing for two of the best American filmmakers working today. “Deadpool’s” global success probably can’t hurt. Watch the entire chat between Reynolds and Henson below.