What's interesting is it shows Downey playing the character with less humor than his on-screen performance
"That was something that I thought, I can grab onto that. I can run with that." - Karen Gillan on Her 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Audition
Here's Neve Campbell's screen test from one of her most famous roles.
With this year’s comedy hit Neighbors being released on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD this week, it’s interesting to take a look back at the humble beginnings of the movie’s leading man, Seth Rogen. Before he was starring in films like Knocked Up and This Is the End, Rogen first became known to the public as a teenager as a supporting character in the beloved but short-lived 1999 Judd Apatow television series Freaks and Geeks as the “freak” Ken Miller. Not surprisingly, despite Rogen’s young age the audition features his trademark laid-back delivery and, of course, jokes about pot. He has ... Read more
The fortieth season of Saturday Night Live premieres this Saturday with guest host Chris Pratt. The show is expected to celebrate its four-decade history throughout the season, but what better way to start that by checking out original cast member John Belushi‘s screen test for the series? In the video, Belushi riffs on the nature of live television, does a great Marlon Brando impersonation. He would later bring this manic energy to the sketch comedy series over its first four seasons and was a big reason why Saturday Night Live became must-see television in its early years. Check out Belushi’s ... Read more
Here’s a screen test that Marlon Brando did when he was 23 years old. It’s from Rebel Without a Cause (that’s what it says on the slate) and even then, you could tell how good he was. Check it out!
Check out Seth Rogen auditioning for the role Judd Apatow‘s Freaks and Geeks. Even back then he was way comfortable in front of a camera.
Before the announcement that Chris Pratt would star as Star-Lord Peter Quill in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, not many people would have pegged the Parks and Recreation actor as an intergalactic superhero. In fact, even Pratt himself was one of the doubters. However, he reveals that as he tested for the role he began to feel like there was no way he wouldn’t be cast in the lead role in what could potentially be the biggest blockbuster film of the summer. At first, Pratt didn’t think he had a chance. He recalls, “I remember originally they were like, ... Read more
I love audition tapes. Here’s Christian Bale‘s audition for Batman Begins. Bale did his screen test with Amy Adams (who was there as a favor to the casting director) and you can immediately tell why he was cast. You can see/hear that he had his Batman growl and just exuded that power and authority from the very beginning. Check it out below!
Though now it seems that it would be wrong for anyone else but Robert Downey, Jr. to play Tony Stark, when Iron Man was going through casting Downey was only a few years removed from a very public battle with drug addiction and hadn't been a high profile name in even longer.
She's perfect and you'll understand why she got the part but when you watch it, you'll quickly notice that someone else is playing the role of Jack, played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the film.
Here's the screen test Tom Hardy did for the 2002 film, Star Trek: Nemesis. In the clip, he and star Sir Patrick Stewart go mano-a-mano and even though he had little credits at the time, Hardy more than holds his own against the actor.