Patricia Arquette was so near listening to Tom Cruise declare to her in entrance of the world, “You full me.”
The “Severance” actor was satisfied she had nabbed a number one function in 1996′s “Jerry Maguire,” whose titular protagonist utters that well-known line to character Dorothy Boyd — however she misplaced out to Renée Zellweger, Arquette recalled in an interview Sunday with Variety.
“Everybody was saying, ‘Oh, that is only a formality, you’re gonna learn with Tom Cruise for ‘Jerry Maguire,’ however that is your half, you bought it,’” she mentioned on the pink carpet of the Display screen Actors Guild Awards. “And I blew it.”
Whereas “Maguire” resembled a conventional rom-com on the floor, its earnest method made the Cameron Crowe movie an awards circuit colossus. It not solely gained Cuba Gooding Jr. an Oscar, however led Zellweger to obtain a SAG nod for her function.
“I truly assume she was higher for it,” mentioned Arquette, who herself gained an Oscar in 2015 for “Boyhood.”
On the time of casting for “Maguire,” Arquette had already curated a formidable résumé, showing in cult classics equivalent to “True Romance,” “Ed Wooden” and “Misplaced Freeway.” She had been hardened by failed auditions as properly, like that for Oliver Stone’s 1991 “The Doorways” biopic.
“I simply heard on this podcast the opposite day … that the casting director, that Brad Pitt and I have been her alternative, we have been the primary ones who got here in to learn for ‘The Doorways,’ and she or he was like, ‘Why are we having any extra auditions? They have been excellent,’” Arquette mentioned. In the end, although, Meg Ryan and Val Kilmer gained out to steer the movie.
Arquette informed Selection that she’s “a horrible auditioner” as a result of the method doesn’t contain “completed work,” however added that actors must “have enjoyable” throughout tryouts.
“You gotta go in and do your finest, take an opportunity,” she mentioned, “and also you gotta let it go, as a result of it’s actually out of your fingers.”