Eddie Redmayne was so close, yet so far, to joining a galaxy far, far away.
The actor first revealed he had auditioned for Star Wars: The Force Awakens during an interview on the MTV podcast “Happy Sad Confused” two years ago. At the time, he only said the part was a villainous role, but couldn’t elaborate beyond that. Now, the truth’s come out: Eddie was almost Kylo Ren... until his apparently awful imitation of Darth Vader took him out of the running.
In a new interview with Uproxx, Redmayne recounted his “catastrophically bad” audition, explaining that he didn’t get to read any lines from The Force Awakens, given how top secret it was. Instead, he had to work with dialogue from Stark Trek and, bizarrely enough, Pride and Prejudice.
“So they give you a scene from Pride and Prejudice, but then they tell you you’re auditioning for the baddie,” he said. “If you’re me, you then put some ridiculous voice on.”
He continued, “That was really a hilarious moment. 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 ten shots she’s like, ‘You got anything else?’ I was like, ‘No.’”
Of course, everything worked out for everyone in the end. Adam Driver crushed it as Kylo Ren, and now Redmayne’s the hero of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise. Plus, we’ll always have his silly villain voice from Jupiter Ascending to fall back on.