15 Actors Who Lied to Get a Role

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7. Whoopi Goldberg (The Color Purple)

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Beginning her career during her late 20’s, Whoopi Goldberg was often told that she was too young for the parts that she was auditioning for. As a solution, the actress added six years to her age.

With the addition of half a dozen years, she eventually bagged the iconic role of Celie Harris Johnson in Steven Spielberg’s 1985 period drama movie The Color Purple. The lie proved to be a huge boost for her career as Goldberg was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for the part.


6. George Lazenby (James Bond)

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Definitely not the most popular actor to play the coveted role of MI6 secret agent James Bond but there is an interesting story behind him getting the role. George Lazenby was still a rookie in the film industry yet he was able to connivingly convince producer Harry Saltzman that he had a wealth of experience as an actor.

Additionally, in true James Bond fashion, Lazenby completely altered his image for the audition. He cut his hair from the same barber Sean Connery went too, wore his suit and sported a Rolex watch. The actor got the role of James Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service but when the producer found out about his lack of experience, he still kept him hired.


5. Mila Kunis (That ‘70s Show)

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As one of the best actresses to transition from television to big-budget movies, Mila Kunis had humble beginnings by starring as Jackie Burkhart on That ‘70s Show. The standard rule for all the actors auditioning for the show was that they had to be at least 18 years old but Kunis got the part despite being 4 years shy of the minimum age limit.

“Legally I was 14, but I told them I was a little bit older… I told them I was gonna be 18, which is not technically a lie, cause at one point, I was gonna be 18,”

recalls Kunis. Even when the producers discovered that she was underage, they allowed her to carry on for eight seasons since she was the best for the part.


4. Hugh Laurie (Dr. Gregory House)

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Technically, English actor Hugh Laurie never lied to get his most iconic role. He let his audition tape do the trick. Director of the pilot episode and producer of House was adamant on hiring an American actor for the leading role of Dr. Gregory House. In fact, he stopped watching audition tapes of English actors and continued his search for a “quintessentially American person.”

Hugh Laurie still sent his audition tape while doing an American accent and amazingly convinced Singer that he was an American. The director, who was not aware of the fact that Laurie is British, loved the audition so much that he turned to the production team and said,

“See, this is what I want – an American guy.”


3. Morgan Freeman (Oblivion)

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With a golden voice like Morgan Freeman, it should come as no surprise that film-makers prefer him to narrate their movies. When director Joseph Kosinski hired the actor for narrating his 2013 science fiction movie Oblivion, Freeman wanted more.

The actor contacted Kosinski and lied about having unforeseen issues with his throat. The director did not want to lose him from his cast so he gave him proper screen time as well since a troublesome throat cannot stop an actor from physically performing onset.


2. Rachel McAdams (To The Wonder)

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For her role in To The Wonder, Rachel McAdams did not even have to ride horses. She just had to be near them and assured the casting directors that she loved horses. Simple enough but there were two major problems.

The actress was not only terrified of horses but also allergic to them. Not letting anxiety getting the best of her, McAdams faced her fears and calmly played her part like the talented actress she is.


1. George Clooney (The Predator)

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Years before he cemented his status as an A-lister, George Clooney was a struggling actor bent on getting into the Screen Actors Guild in order to make it big in Hollywood.

“You couldn’t get a job without getting into the Screen Actors Guild, so everybody would make up these credits just to get in. They didn’t have internet then so you got away with anything,”

recalls Clooney.

Though lying has often assisted in getting actors their big break, it nearly backfired on Clooney. While speaking to a casting director, Clooney informed her that he was in a cat movie. As shocking as it may sound, the casting director had also worked on the same movie and could not recall Clooney’s involvement.

His lie had been caught and he desperately asked her to get him admitted in SAG. Fortunately, she helped him out and even got him a part in The Predator. Though the movie got canceled, Clooney was able to pave an extremely successful acting career ahead.


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