Rosie Perez bombed her Matrix audition in a very wholesome way
Rosie Perez had the whole room laughing when she bombed her audition for The Matrix.
"I was horrible. As I was walking out, I was like, 'I know I didn't get the job. I really sucked,' and the Wachowskis were like, 'No,' and the casting director was trying not to laugh," Perez told Variety of her audition to play Trinity.
"And then finally I looked at her and I go, 'I really sucked,' and she just burst out laughing. We all were laughing. I just gave the Wachowskis a hug and I said, 'Well, good luck with this.'"
Perez isn't the only actor who blew their chance at Trinity: Salma Hayek told Jada Pinkett Smith (who plays Niobe in the series) that she wasn't physically fit enough for the role (H/T Entertainment Weekly). "I'm flexible and agile, but I'm lazy. I never really went to the gym, they said, 'You have to run!' I go, 'To where?' I couldn't even go around the room once." The audition required acrobatic stunts as well as a three-hour physical fitness test.
The role would ultimately go to Carrie-Anne Moss, who has played the badass computer programmer and hacker for the duration of the franchise. The first film, which hit theaters in 1999, earned over $460 million at the global box office.
Perez currently stars on The Flight Attendant, earning a Primetime Emmy nomination for the role, and Your Honor. She portrayed former detective Renee Montoya in Birds of Prey.
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