Eddie Redmayne is a fantastic actor, and he'll probably end up being nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. It doesn't seem like the actor was ever cut out to play Bilbo Baggins, though. He was recently a guest on The Graham Norton Show on BBC America, and there he talked about his awful audition for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit. He really wanted to make an impression, but in the end he didn't get a callback because of how over-the-top he took it. Anna Kendrick was also a guest on the show, and she said this of his embarrassing experience:
"You always hear the stories of the actor being brave, and really doing something kind of mad to get a part, and you're like, 'I'm going to do that!'"
It's pretty funny listening to Redmayne tell his story, and what he ended up doing was quite ridiculous. Watch him tell how it all went down in the video below.