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Cringeworthy Casting: 10 Awkward Celebrity Audition Stories

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Despite their talent, many of Hollywood’s actors have had at least one odd encounter with a casting director. Auditions can range from being mildly tense to being downright brutal, and some of our favorite stars have the battle wounds to prove it. So who has uncomfortable tales of auditions that have gone awry?

While some celebs went to dramatic extremes in the desperate hopes of nailing roles, others were simply humiliated at the hands of directors. Browse through the gallery above to find out whose readings of movie lines didn’t go by the book.

Remember, there is a silver lining. Though the celebs on our list may have momentarily suffered defeat, they all obviously turned the tables to become some of the biggest names around!

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Source: Cringeworthy Casting: 10 Awkward Celebrity Audition Stories

Nicest Guy Ever? Matthew McConaughey ‘Offers to Fly Homeless Man Back to Texas’

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Is Matthew McConaughey the most generous guy in Hollywood?!

Perhaps!

The actor was rolling with his three kids in Santa Monica, and was left shocked when his 6-year-old son Levi spotted a homeless man sleeping under a palm tree and yelled, “Wake up…WAKE UP!”

A source told the National Enquirer: “The startled guy, looking all groggy, woke up as Matthew apologized for his noisy son. But the man just smiled and said, ‘You’ve got a nice family – they remind me of my kids back in Texas. But they’re all grown up now.’ Matt’s face lit up and he said, ‘Hey, I’m from Texas, too!’”

Then he hunkered down and talked to the guy, who told him how he’d fallen prey to drugs and depression after a stint in the army.

Said the source: “Matt finally broke in and said, ‘Tell you what, brother – how about I get you a plane ticket and fly you home to Texas!’ But the guy shook his head, saying he didn’t want to be a burden on his loved ones. Matt persisted, offering money, or any kind of help, but the guy kept very politely refusing.

“Finally, Matt wrote down the name of the homeless shelter he frequents – and promised to be in touch. Matt truly has a heart of gold!”

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15 Years Later: Looking Back on Vanity Fair‘s Young Hollywood

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In Hollywood, there’s always a battle for attention. The legends and icons are forced to fend off the pretty young things that pop up every year. But sometimes, a generation of starlets and studs are more than just pretty faces — they are the new Hollywood. They transform into talented, award-winning actors who take over both the big and small screen. They include the likes of Jonah Hill, Carey Mulligan, Emma Watson and Shailene Woodley, all of who have been featured in Vanity Fair’s Young Hollywood series.

While there have been a number of hits featured in the magazine of the years, there have also been a number of misses — Vinessa Shaw and Sarah Wynter anyone? Like them, we want to know where they are all now.

Starting with 1999 — the unofficial “Young Hollywood” issue — we look back on the hottest, youngest, brightest, freshest faces of the past 15 years.

The Class of 1999

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While technically not called “Young Hollywood,” the class of 1999 was the youngest crop of stars to grace the cover of Vanity Fair‘s traditional Hollywood issue. Among the new faces featured were Kate Hudson, Julia Stiles and Leelee Sobieski. Over all, the issue had a good track record with a number of surprises to pop nearly a decade after appearing in the magazine.

The Highs: Monica Potter, who would pop with the Freddie Prinze Jr rom-com, Head Over Heels, before becoming the emotional center of NBC’s dramedy, Parenthood. A longterm investment turned out to be Norman Reedus, who after building buzz for The Boondock Saints became a fan favorite as Daryl on The Walking Dead.

The Lows: Missteps included Vinessa Shaw, who just picked up minor supporting roles in a string of films following Eyes Wide Shut, and Sobeiski, who started off promising but practically disappeared.

>>>Next: The Class of 2000

Source: 15 Years Later: Looking Back on Vanity Fair‘s Young Hollywood

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Started From The Bottom: Celebrities Who Have Lived On The Streets

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By Sarah M. Smith

It’s hard to comprehend that some of Hollywood’s most fabulous and fortunate once faced desperate times…which we all know, call for desperate measures. Their shelters during these tragic times were far from the penthouses and estates that they know today.

You’ll be shocked when we tell you what these famous faces once resorted to for survival. They lived in park benches, back seats, cardboard boxes and other makeshift “homes” while awaiting their big break. Some struggled with addiction, family feuds or just plain bad luck. From scraping for change to practically bathing in dollars, these celebrities truly lived out the rags-to-riches lifestyle. Check out this set of moneymakers who were collecting plastic bottles for cash before poppin’ bottles at VIP tables.

Source: Started From The Bottom: Celebrities Who Have Lived On The Streets


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