Robert Downey Jr. has lost his chance to star in the Nancy Meyers cinematic universe.
The Marvel actor revealed during “The Howard Stern Showwho auditioned for the 2006 romantic comedy “The Holiday” to star opposite Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet. Downey came out for the role of a British single father who falls for Diaz’s character while in the English countryside after exchanging houses with a stranger. Ultimately Jude Law was chosen.
“We both got called just as seat fillers and we just saw each other,” Downey said during an interview alongside Jimmy Fallon, who auditioned to play Winslet’s love interest before Jack Black was cast. “Jack Black is getting his part and Jude Law is definitely getting my part, but (Meyers) needed someone to read with the girls, and we’re just sitting there going, ‘It’s going to happen for us.’ ”
Though he was “confident” that he and Fallon were “shoo-ins” for their respective parts, Downey said aspiring co-star Winslet made fun of her wobbly British accent.
“I was like, ‘I must have a better British accent than Jude Law at this point,'” Downey said. “And Winslet said, ‘That’s the worst British accent he’s ever heard.'”
Director Meyers informed Downey that “The Holiday” was not right for him and Fallon.
“Nancy said to both of them at the same time, ‘That was great. It’s just not a perfect fit. It’s not a perfect fit,’” Downey recalled. “I was like, ‘I’m going to check now, but I’m getting gummy bears from the minibar.'”
Fallon added during the joint interview: “I was in a hotel room with Robert Downey Jr., Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet, and we read this script. I said, ‘If Jack Black says no to this movie, I’m all for it. I’ll do it for half the price of him.’”
Fallon meanwhile praised the acting ability of “Oppenheimer” actor Downey, calling him “the best actor I’ve sat down opposite and shot a scene with in my entire life. He was mind blowing to me. I quit the business. I have never gone back.
Writer-director Meyers shut down rumors of a ‘Holiday’ sequel in December 2022 afterThe sunfalsely reported by an anonymous source that production would begin in early 2023 with the original cast.
“So many DMs on this,” Meyers captioned on Instagram. “Sorry but that’s not true.”