Published On: Fri, May 7th, 2021

Michael B. Jordan says that he had a bad audition for a part in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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

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.

Done and done: Jordan recalled that, sensing that his audition was not up to snuff, he made a quick exit and remarked that he was 'pretty sure I ran out of there'; he is pictured in 2019

Done and done: Jordan recalled that, sensing that his audition was not up to snuff, he made a quick exit and remarked that he was ‘pretty sure I ran out of there’; he is pictured in 2019

Jordan concluded by expressing that any performer would feel the same about going into an audition without much reference material.

He said, ‘You kind of understand why it’s that way, but as an actor sometimes, it’s tough when they can’t give you a lot.’ 

The actor also discussed several other projects during the interview and eventually brought up his recently released action-thriller film, Without Remorse. 

The feature is based on Tom Clancy’s 1993 book of the same name and is centered around a Navy SEAL named John Kelly who sets out for revenge after his wife and brothers-in-arms are killed by Russian assassins.  

Changing lanes: Jordan discussed several projects during the interview, including the recently released action-thriller film Without Remorse, which is based on Tom Clancy's 1993 novel

Changing lanes: Jordan discussed several projects during the interview, including the recently released action-thriller film Without Remorse, which is based on Tom Clancy’s 1993 novel 

Jordan told Malkin that, although the producers intended for the film to start a series, the production team wanted to put out a decent feature before they began focusing on their future. 

‘At the end of the day we wanted it to be a franchise, but we also know that you got to do one good movie first,’ he said.

The performer expressed optimism about Without Remorse’s future and noted that he was ready to spearhead a potential franchise centered around Kelly.

He remarked, ‘you have to do a film that works. And this one works. I’m excited to see what the future holds and how we get to a “Rainbow Six.”‘  

Starting strong: The actor expressed that, although Without Remorse's producers wanted to start a franchise, they ultimately tried to make 'a film that works'

Starting strong: The actor expressed that, although Without Remorse’s producers wanted to start a franchise, they ultimately tried to make ‘a film that works’

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