Robert Downey Jr. auditioned unsuccessfully for a role in Nancy Meyers’ 2006 film The Holiday.
During a recent appearance alongside Jimmy Fallon on The Howard Stern Show, the Marvel actor and host revealed that they’ve all tried to land roles in the Christmas romantic comedy. Robert Downey Jr. and Jimmy Fallon hoped to portray Graham and Miles, who was eventually played by Jude Law and Jack Black, alongside Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet.
“We were both called in to fill empty seats and ended up there,” Robert Downey Jr. recounted. one to cue the girls, and we were sitting there, like, ‘That’s going to do it for us.
However, the Iron Man star’s English accent wasn’t good enough to convincingly play Kate Winslet’s on-screen brother.
“I thought, ‘I must have a better English accent than Jude Law at this point.’ And Winslet said, “That’s the worst British accent I’ve ever heard.” And I was like, ‘I’m going to leave now, but first I’m going to get the gummy bears from the minibar,’” he joked.
While Robert Downey Jr.’s work didn’t impress the Titanic actress, Jimmy Fallon was blown away by her performance.
“He’s the best actor I’ve ever sat down to do a scene with in my entire life,” he said. “It was mind-blowing to me, and I quit the business… It was the last time I was auditioning for a role. »