Brendan Fraser just lately revealed that he auditioned for the position of Superman within the early 2000s, a task he didn’t get attributable to what he described as a mix of shenanigans and a poor display take a look at.
Throughout an look on The Howard Stern Present, Fraser revealed that he, together with what he described as “everybody on the town,” did audition for the position of the superhero within the early 2000s. The audition was for a movie that was, on the time, being developed by J.J. Abrams. In accordance with Fraser, he realized that getting the possibility to play the character can be life-changing, however struggled with the concept of solely ever being referred to as Superman if he acquired it.
“Everybody on the town was studying for Superman. They have been testing six or seven guys in 2002 or 2003,” stated Fraser, who name-dropped Paul Walker as one of many males studying for the position. “In fact it’s a life-changing, superb alternative, however I needed to reconcile with, ‘Okay, say you do get the job to be the Man of Metal. It’s going to be chipped in your headstone. Are you okay with that? You’ll forevermore be referred to as the Man of Metal.’ There was a kind of Faustian discount that went into [the] feeling, and I feel inherently I didn’t wish to be identified for just one factor, as a result of I prided myself on variety my complete skilled life. I’m not a one-trick pony.”
Finally, Fraser didn’t find yourself getting the position, one thing he chalked as much as what he calls “shenanigans and studio politics,” however what he additionally acknowledged may need been a nasty display take a look at attributable to not being absolutely dedicated to the concept of enjoying the position.
“I felt dissatisfied that there was a tremendous alternative, and it didn’t come to fruition,” Fraser stated. “It needed to do loads with shenanigans and studio politics, and, most likely, inherently, in my display take a look at. I feel that’s why you take a look at — they may type of see I used to be solely there like 98% as a substitute.”
Following a little bit of a hiatus from the world of appearing, Fraser has burst again onto the scene, starring within the critically acclaimed The Whale, a task for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Greatest Actor. Up subsequent, he’ll star in Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon.