During an appearance on The Howard Stern Show, Downey Jr. and Fallon recalled how they were called in as seat-fillers for the auditions. They were excited to be in the presence of A-list actors like Jack Black and Jude Law, who were already cast in the movie. However, Meyers needed someone to read with the female actors, and Downey Jr. and Fallon thought they had a chance.
Fallon humorously mentioned being in a hotel room with Robert Downey Jr., Cameron Diaz, and Kate Winslet, where they read the script for the audition. He joked that if Jack Black declined the role, he would gladly take it for half the price.
Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned. When Downey Jr. attempted a British accent for the audition, Kate Winslet wasn’t impressed. She called it “the worst” British accent she had ever heard. Downey Jr. playfully admitted defeat, saying he would leave but not without taking some gummy bears from the minibar.
Fallon praised Downey Jr.’s acting talent, calling him the best actor he had ever worked with during a scene. He jokingly claimed that he quit the business after that audition, and it was the last time he ever auditioned for a role.
“The Holiday,” released in 2006, starred Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, and Jack Black. The romantic comedy revolves around two women who swap homes for the Christmas holidays and find love in unexpected places.
Despite their unsuccessful audition, both Downey Jr. and Fallon went on to have successful careers in the entertainment industry. Downey Jr. gained widespread recognition for his portrayal of Tony Stark/Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while Fallon became a prominent television host, known for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
Looking back, the duo can laugh at their audition misadventure and celebrate their individual achievements in Hollywood. Sometimes, even unsuccessful auditions can lead to memorable and amusing stories that actors can share with their fans and fellow industry professionals.