Your Favorite Actors’ Most Awkward Auditions, Revealed

Working in Hollywood may seem glamorous, but the process of getting there? Uh, not so much. The road to becoming a successful working actor is paved with plenty of rejection, hard work, and lots of auditions… many of which end up being a little awkward. Sometimes, going out on a limb can help you stand out from the other actors auditioning in the best way possible… and other times, it can totally backfire on you. These are some of the weirdest audition stories out there — even though not all of them had the happy ending of getting the role. Hey, nobody ever said working in the entertainment industry was easy.s

Robin Williams Stood On His Head


From The Dead Poet’s Society to Aladdin and everything in between, Robin Williams had a legendary career, but not even he was immune to a bad audition. According to the former Happy Days cast’s version of the story (following the alien episode of the show), Robin’s audition for Mork in Mork & Mindy was definitely awkward. When Robin was brought in to try out for the role, he improved the role, stood on his head, and… somehow managed to impress everyone in the room. Needless to say, Robin got the role, and the rest is history.