Michael B. Jordan recalled that he had a less-than-stellar audition for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The 34-year-old actor recently appeared on an episode of the Just For Variety podcast, where host Marc Malkin asked him to describe his worst tryout to date.
The Fruitvale Station star bashfully recalled that, out of all the projects that he had auditioned for in the past, his reading for the first entry in the new Star Wars trilogy had to be his weakest.
Missed opportunity: Michael B. Jordan recently discussed his less-than-stellar audition for Star Wars: The Force Awakens; he is pictured at the 51st NAACP Image Awards in 2020
Jordan noted that he was uncomfortable while he was trying to get into character, as he did not have much reference material on which to build a performance.
‘I couldn’t wrap my brain around some of the sides because you know when you’re reading for these high-level projects, there’s never really any specificity in the sides,’ he said.
The Just Mercy star went on to note that, as a result of going into his audition blind, he was not able to give the producers a good performance and lost his potential part.
‘Everything’s like super vague; everything is in secret. Reading through, I just couldn’t connect it. I definitely bombed that one for sure,’ he remarked.
Reasoning: The performer recalled that, as he was not given much reference material before his audition, he ‘just couldn’t connect’ with the producers
Jordan then humorously recalled that, sensing that the producers were unsatisfied with his audition, he made a quick exit.
The Chronicle actor recalled, ‘I’m pretty sure I ran out of there.. it was like “alright guys, see you later, I’m out of here.”‘
He also expressed that, after viewing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he felt as if the film’s development team did an excellent job without him.
‘I don’t think I’ve seen J.J since then…I’ve obviously seen the project, everything’s going great, so it was clearly the right decision,’ he remarked.