Matt Pais, @mattpais
RedEye movie critic
June 1, 2012
Stay tuned in a few weeks for my full Q&A from today's interview with Chris Pine (and director/co-writer Alex Kurtzman) about the family drama "People Like Us," which opens June 29. For now, enjoy the full story behind an audition Pine previously mentioned went terribly but didn't elaborate:
"I have a feeling that story will haunt me for the rest of my life. It’s one of these things--sometimes you can leave your car in Burbank, Los Angeles and walk into a conference room and your back is sweating and you’re thinking about the laundry you have to do and somehow seamlessly you can then pretend to be a man in a loincloth standing in front of blue people saying lines like, “Come follow me, I’ll save you!” And sometimes you just can’t buy it. [Laughs] I walked into that room absolutely not believing myself. How dare I put that poor casting director through the experience of watching me. Halfway through I just kind of stopped; she was maybe smiling or laughing at me. I didn’t take offense to it because I realized I was probably pretty bad, and we just called it a day and I shook hands with her and out I walked."
Also, Pine on rumors that he'll play Brick in a Broadway adaptation of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," co-starring Scarlett Johansson:
"I’ve talked to Scarlett. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I haven’t made any final decision. It’s Tennessee Williams. It's ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.’ It’s Brick. It’s pretty seminal American theater. It’s an incredibly difficult part." [So as of today it’s a maybe?] "Yeah, it’s still kind of up in the air. But I met Scarlett and she’s really intelligent and really passionate about this stuff and really savvy."
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