Awards season is upon us, and it’s time for the Hollywood Reporter roundtable sessions — which are usually better than the awards shows themselves. The website sits down with the top contenders in different “Best of” categories, and we’re usually treated to behind-the-scenes scoop on various big-scale projects, personal anecdotes and other candid and fascinating tidbits. It’s like sitting around the dinner table with your favorite stars.
To kick things off, Dallas Buyers Club’s Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, Prisoners’ Jake Gyllenhaal, The Butler‘s Forest Whitaker, Labor Day‘s Josh Brolin, and Fruitvale Station‘s Michael B. Jordan gathered for a discussion on all things cinema. There’s a bunch of audition talk, with Leto sharing a story about his try at a part in Thin Red Line for Terrence Malick, but the story that cracked us up the most was Gyllenhaal’s tale about an audition for Peter Jackson.
The actor was unaware that he would have to don an accent for the part of Frodo in The Lord of the Rings. He couldn’t master the proper intonation, and things didn’t go quite as planned. “I remember auditioning for The Lord of the Rings [the role of Frodo] and going in and not being told that I needed a British accent,” Gyllenhaal related. “I really do remember Peter Jackson saying to me, 'You know that you have to do this in a British accent?' We heard back it was literally one of the worst auditions."
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