Wednesday 26 June 2019

Jamie Dornan reveals he auditioned for Rock of Ages 'stinking of whiskey and vomit'

Jamie Dornan on the Golden Globes red carpet
Jamie Dornan on the Golden Globes red carpet
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Auditions can be brutal, as any actor will testify, but when whiskey and vomiting are part of the deal, success is highly unlikely.

Such was the case for Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan (32) who revealed in an interview with Variety recently that he auditioned for the lead role in Rock of Ages.

“I had to sing ‘Waiting for a Girl Like You.’ It’s nearly impossible to sing, and I’ve got quite a deep voice when I sing," he said.

"My audition was at 10 in the morning on the Warner Bros. lot. I convinced myself it would be a good idea to have a bit of whiskey to relax my vocal cords and maybe as a bit of a confidence booster.

"Suddenly, I took a swig of Jameson and I instantly f–ing puked. So I’m standing with all these executives driving around in golf carts, as I’m vomiting on the lot. It was a bad look.

"I hadn’t been clever enough to bring mouth wash. And then I had to go in, stinking of whiskey and vomit and proceed to sing ‘Waiting for a Girl Like You,’ which I couldn’t sing. It was the worst situation ever. Obviously, I didn’t hear anything back.”

The role eventually went to Diego Boneta of Pretty Little Liars fame, although it was probably a lucky escape for Dornan given the film flopped spectacularly, grossing less than $60m internationally despite a reported budget of €$75m.

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