Actors often lament the ones that got away - the roles which, had they landed them, could have changed everything.
And in a rollercoaster thread kicked off by British actor Charlie Condou, many have been wading in with their most painful moments.
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Condou, who's had long-running roles in Coronation Street and Holby City, began with his losing out to Martin Freeman's to play frustrated salesman Tim Canterbury in The Office (as well as Andrew Lincoln’s role in pivotal drama series This Life).
Actors: what part did you go up for and not get, which would’ve changed your career? I’ll start. Martin Freeman’s part in “The Office”— Charlie Condou (@Charliecondou) September 28, 2020
Queen Amidala “Star Wars”...another Natalie got it!😂🤦🏻♀️💫— Natalie Anderson (@AndersonNatalie) September 28, 2020
After which, it all came flooding out.
Harry Potter - bottled the second audition cos I was scared I'd get it haha. You're welcome Radcliffe.— Duncan Lindsay (@DuncanLindsay) September 28, 2020
Hugh's part in 4 Weddings. Was put on tape twice. After the third audition i handed the script back to Mike Newell. He pushed it back towards me: "No, no. You'll need that."— Harry Burton (@mataharifilms) September 28, 2020
Hagrid in Harry Potter. Though I did get a little consolation when I got to play his younger brother Grawp in the fifth film a few years later.— Tony Maudsley (@TonyMaudsley1) September 28, 2020
I was offered a ch 5 chat host slot but had booked to do Edinburgh fest/ @grahnort did it instead!— Jenny Eclair (@jennyeclair) September 28, 2020
Hermione in Harry Potter... after multiple auditions... only for the first film to be released and spend six months hearing “you look like that girl in Harry Potter” at school for about six months...— Cassie Compton (@CassiCompton) September 28, 2020
Simon Peggs part in Star Wars Force Awakens.— Adam Pearce (@adampearce84) September 28, 2020
Technically, I got it, signed the contract, got paid for it, body cast made, costume fitting, fight call. Didn't get to film it.
Two things for Danny Boyle. One went to Tim Spall the other Christopher Eccleston so kinda not that sore. 😊— Justin Moorhouse (@justinmoorhouse) September 28, 2020
Theon Greyjoy, Jojen Reed, Albus Potter, Evan Hansen. pic.twitter.com/pZ7RMJmhf0— Colin Ryan (@ColinRyan) September 28, 2020
@JoeWook down to the last two for lead role in Ex Machina. D Glees got the part AGAIN 🙄— Ben Blomax (@Blomaxio) September 28, 2020
Arya in Game of Thrones and Rey in Star Wars 😅— Skye Deva St. John Bennett (@sdsjb) September 28, 2020
And it appear that more or less every male actor on the planet has been seen for Middle Earth.
Orlando Bloom’s part in 'Lord of the Rings'— Mark Homer (@markjhomer) September 28, 2020
Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit.— Mark Joseph (Home Studio) (@markjosephactor) September 28, 2020
Frodo— Scottneal (@ScottNealUK) September 28, 2020
Sean Astin's part in 'The Lord of the Rings'. Had something ridiculous like 7 recalls!! Did an episode of The Bill instead (proper acting work)— Daniel Fearn (@MrDFearn) September 28, 2020
Condou also later added that he was down to 'the last two' for Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun, the other one being some young chap called Christian Bale.
Last two for “Empire of the sun” ☹️— Charlie Condou (@Charliecondou) September 28, 2020
That one must sting a bit...