We’re told from a very young age that lying is a bad thing. But in Hollywood, dishonesty has a habit of getting rewarded. Some of the world’s most popular actors might not be where they are today if they told the truth early on. These are 9 Famous Actors Who Lied To Land Roles, Part 2.
Sandra Bullock is one of the most prolific actresses in American history. And since getting the career boost she needed back in 1992, she’s appeared in around fifty movies since. The actress has admitted to lying about her age to the team behind Love Potion No. 9. But she didn’t go the traditional route of making herself younger. Sensing that the casting directors were looking for someone more mature, Bullock actually added three years to her age. Magically transforming herself from a 26 year-old into a 29 year-old. Wow, she really IS a good actress.
Not unlike our friend Sandra Bullock, Whoopi Goldberg also had one heck of a time getting cast because she was too young. But where Bullock exaggerated by only three years, Whoopi tacked on six. Why not? Go big or go home, right? We can understand why she was so determined to be successful in showbiz; because it sure beats working in a funeral parlor. IMDB cites Goldberg as having over 150 acting credits to her name. If we’ve learned anything from this, it’s that lying works. And the comedienne has been working steadily ever since.
Jessica Chastain came out of nowhere. And suddenly she’s in every movie. But we’re not complaining. The talented actress caught the attention of audiences in the Terrence Malick vehicle Tree of Life. Also in 2011, Chastain appeared opposite Emma Stone and Viola Davis in The Help. And at one point she was even slated to appear in Iron Man 3. Because the actress’ success seemed to materialize overnight, there was very little information about her. And because Hollywood has a grotesque fascination with the age of actresses, some people were upset that they couldn't immediately figure out how old she was.
Ladies and gentlemen we present to you the man, the myth, the legend: Mr. Morgan Freeman. That’s right. The golden voice of Hollywood might have told a teeny little fib when negotiating his role in 2013’s Oblivion. Allegedly, Freeman was only supposed to be attached to the movie in a narrative capacity. But apparently he wanted more than that, and it’s rumored that the actor lied about having throat trouble in an effort to get more screen time. Lie or no lie, if Morgan Freeman says he wants a bigger part in your movie because he thinks it’s awesome, you give him one. Case closed.
Audiences have become so accustomed to seeing Chris Hemsworth dressed as Thor that it’s easy to imagine he’s actually that imposing for real. Apparently this is something the actor is all too aware of, since he’s admitted to lying about his height. In an effort to be more desirable to casting agents, Hemsworth would shave approximately two inches off his height. For whatever reason, those two inches seemed to be the keys to the actor’s success. He’s been going hard since 2009. And thanks to the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, there’s no telling when his reign as Thor might end.
Eddie Redmayne has been getting a lot of press over the past few years. The actor blew everyone away with his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in 2014’s The Theory of Everything. And Harry Potter fans are looking forward to his debut as Newt Scamander in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. But back in 2005, he was the horse-riding Earl of Southampton in the TV miniseries Elizabeth I. The only issue is that he couldn't actually ride horses. Redmayne misinformed the bigwigs during the audition process, and when it came time to do it, that’s when the actor chose to come clean.