It’s no secret that most actors don’t really enjoy the auditioning process, but it’s the best way for many of them (especially those without much experience) to be seen and considered for work. So, there are few actors working today who don't a lot of wild audition stories, and that includes big name stars who ended up bombing in an audition or two during their careers. Or more, as is the case with Chris Evans, who managed to blow one audition for Seth Rogen...three whole times.
By the time 2008 came around, Chris Evans had already been kicking around Hollywood for a while and had made a much bigger name for himself by playing Johnny Storm / Human Torch in two Fantastic Four movies. But, he was still auditioning for roles that would let him show other sides to what he could do on screen, so he auditioned for the Seth Rogen dark comedy Observe and Report, which was about a mentally unstable mall cop. Unfortunately, though, Evans did not do well. Here's what he told Backstage about it when asked to share an audition horror story:
Ooooh, boy. I don't think anyone has to be an actor who's blown an audition to get a case of the flop sweats just thinking about this. All of us have been so nervous at one point or another that it shows on our faces and just short circuits our brains. Chris Evans didn't say what part he was going for in this audition, so who knows why he got so bent out of shape at seeing Seth Rogen and the others who were there to watch him audition. But, I do really enjoy the fact that even Evans himself still doesn't seem to know what set him off all those years ago.
When Chris Evans realized he was freaking out, though, he did the right thing by trying to get some alone time to regain his composure and then starting again. As you probably noticed, this did not actually help him, and seems to have just delayed the process of relaxing further, which, apparently, didn't happen until he'd gotten all the way outta there. As you also may have noticed, this was only two go-rounds at the same audition. So, what happened next?
What can I say, sometimes it really is good to know when you've been beaten, correct? I can only suspect that, by this point, just being in front of Seth Rogen and his associates in that audition room brought up the trauma (No, I don't think that's too strong of a word.) of the past two failed auditions, which brought Chris Evans full circle back to his hot-sweaty-disaster place and led him to just give up on any hope of being in Observe and Report.
I suppose the real takeaway from this is that, even if you feel like you've blown an opportunity, if you keep trying, you'll probably be fine. Look at Chris Evans now: recently retired from the MCU after almost 10 years playing one of its founding Avengers, Captain America; causing a storm as a bad guy in a good sweater in Knives Out, and headlining the Apple TV+ drama Defending Jacob. Missing out on Observe and Report probably stung a lot at the time, but things seem to have worked out for Evans just fine.
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