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Mark Strong on the Valuable Lesson He Learned After Drunken Night With Daniel Craig Before '007' Audition | THR News

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"It was a terrible experience — but I really learned from it," says the actor who currently appears in Disney's 'Cruella.'

Video Transcript

- Mark Strong says he learned a valuable lesson after a night of partying with his pal, Daniel Craig, before a big audition. Strong was a guest on Sky One's "There's Something About Movies" as he appears in the new Disney film, "Cruella".

- And I was ready to make a statement.

[GROWLING]

- How does the saying go?

- During his appearance on the British program, Strong told a story about auditioning to play a James Bond villain in the 1990s when the franchise starred Pierce Brosnan. He explained, and I learned the lines, and to celebrate, I went out for a drink and I got pissed, a.k.a. drunk. I overdid it, and the next day, I was severely hungover.

Still, the actor said he was not going to miss the chance to be in a 007 film. So he trudged into the audition. He admitted that it was a mess. He said, I started, then I just forgot my lines, couldn't remember what they were, and they all just kind of fell apart. I was sweating. It was a terrible experience, but I really learned from it.

The kicker of the story was the best part. The irony was the guy he was out the night before getting pissed with was Daniel Craig. So I blame him. Craig and Strong both starred in the British program, "Our Friends in the North" in the mid '90s. Craig, of course, would go on to be the next James Bond. His latest installment as 007, "No Time to Die" is due out in the fall.

- Why would I betray you?

- We all have our secrets. We just didn't get to yours yet.

- For more on this story, go to THR.com. For The Hollywood Reporter News, I'm Tiffany Taylor.