Movie casting is a zero sum game, and there’s more competition than ever for spots on the big screen. Performers have to find a way to set themselves apart. And if that means tinkering with the truth, or putting up with crippling allergies, then so be it. Here are 10 Famous Actors Who Lied To Get Their Movie Roles.
Liam Hemsworth, The Last Song
Before he played the big-screen version of Gale in The Hunger Games franchise, Liam Hemsworth was working from a different book. One written by Nicholas Sparks. The man behind The Notebook and A Walk to Remember. In 2010 he starred alongside Miley Cyrus in The Last Song. And what movie on the beach would be complete without a little volleyball? Some people are just naturally good at sports. But it turns out Hemsworth is not one of them. He assured the team that he was good at volleyball, but when it came time to deliver, he couldn’t.
Mila Kunis, That 70s Show
In show business, there are a lot of benefits that come from lying about your age. Except usually when people do it, it’s to make themselves younger. When Mila Kunis went after a spot on That 70’s Show, the team asked her how old she was. The world isn’t black and white, so the actress kept her answer grey. And responded that she’d be eighteen on her birthday. While that was technically true, her 18th birthday was a few years down the road. But Kunis pulled it off, and landed herself a breakout role because of it.
Rebel Wilson, Pitch Perfect
For a long time, comedy has been an all-male sport. But over the past few years, it’s been changing. Slowly but surely, audiences are seeing more and more funny women on screen. Movies like Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect made box office bank. What do those two movies have in common? Rebel Wilson. The actress had been quoted as saying she was 29 during a round of press for Pitch Perfect. But then a report surfaced confirming that she was actually in her mid-thirties. These days it’s impossible to tell someone’s real age. In Hollywood, it’s not how old you are, but how old you look that counts.
Nicolas Cage, Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Fast Times at Ridgemont High is standard teenage viewing. And some people consider it to be the best film of the 80’s. The movie gave us Jeff Spicoli, and the idea to order a pizza right to our classroom. But if you look hard enough, you’ll see that it also gave us Nicolas Cage. Apparently the actor was less than stoked about his minimal screen time, and lied about his age in the hopes of landing a better part. Nobody bought it. And since he was a minor, Cage didn’t have the availability to play a larger role anyway.
Chloë Grace Moretz, Hugo
If Martin Scorsese’s work is one thing, it’s specific. And when a director so renowned puts out a casting call, it attracts people from everywhere. When it came time to choose the actors for his 2011 film Hugo, a rumor made it’s way down the line of hopefuls. Apparently the director was hoping to fill the role with a Brit. So that’s exactly what Chloë Grace Moretz pretended to be. Spinning a story about growing up on the countryside, the actress did so with a believable accent. And if she didn’t accidentally drop it at the end of the meeting, she would have probably gotten away with it too. Clearly Scorsese was impressed, since he chose her for the role.