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Mark Strong Blames Drunken Night With Daniel Craig For Ruining 007 Villain Audition: “It Was A Terrible Experience”

Mark Strong was auditioning for a Pierce Brosnan-starring Bond movie in the 1990s.

Mark Strong should have known better than to go on a drinking spree the night before an important audition. But he did and it cost him a possible role in a James Bond movie — and he had Daniel Craig to thank for that. 

Recalling the mistake on Sky One’s There’s Something About Movies (via The Hollywood Reporter), Strong, 58, said he read for the part of a villain in a Pierce Brosnan-led Bond flick in the 1990s with a serious hangover.  

“I learned the lines…and to celebrate I went out for a drink, and I got pissed,” said Strong on the show. “I overdid it and the next day I was severely hungover.” So severe was the hangover that it threw him off during the tryout.  

The British actor — whose real name is Marco Giuseppe Salussolia — explained, “I started, then I just forgot my lines, couldn’t remember what they were and they all just kind of fell apart.”

He continued, “I was sweating, it was a terrible experience — but I really learned from it…The irony was, the guy I was out the night before getting pissed with was Daniel Craig. So I blame him!”

And let this be a lesson for you budding actors out there. As it turned out, Craig would take over as Bond in 2006’s Casino Royale and Strong would go on to make his, ahem, mark as baddies in Kick-Ass, Sherlock Holmes and John Carter.

Strong is currently starring in Cruella while Craig will reprise the role of the super-spy in No Time to Die, opening in Singapore cinemas on Sept 30.

Photos: TPG News/Click Photos


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