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Turns out Saturday Night Live Turned down These Major Actors

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For many actors, being on Saturday Night Live is a dream gig. Since 1975, the show has created stars out of countless people. With many individuals aiming for the same goal, many future stars were turned down. These five successful actors know what it’s like to get that crushing announcement.

Steve Carrell

Steve Carell and his wife Nancy both auditioned for the show in 1995. Nancy got through, but Carell lost the spot to a rising comedian named Will Ferrell. A decade later, Carell became a huge player for NBC with The Office. The Oscar nominee would eventually host the show in 2005 and 2008.

Erik Pendzich

Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart’s audition went downhill quickly during an impersonation of Avery Johnson. “I remember Lorne Michaels looking at me and he’s like, ‘Mmhmm, OK,'” he told Conan O’Brien. Since nobody knew who the retired NBA star was, Hart was left standing in front of many confused faces.

Alberto E. Rodriguez

John Goodman

John Goodman lost his 1980 audition to Joe Piscopo, who is best known for his Sinatra impersonation. Years later, the Roseanne star became a major part of the series’ history with 13 appearances as a host. Aside from hosting duties, Goodman has held numerous cameo roles over the past 20 years.

Facundo Arrizabalaga

Paul Reubens

Paul Reubens believed that Gilbert Gottfried’s friendship with crew members cost him a gig during a 1980 audition. Instead of becoming jealous, he decided to make his own comedy series with Pee Wee’s Playhouse. The show earned 15 Emmy wins and featured then smaller actors such as Natasha Lyonne and Laurence Fishburne.

Kathy Hutchins

Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey auditioned numerous times, but he was turned down by then showrunner Jean Doumanian. Before those failed auditions, Lorne Michaels resigned from the show because of burnout. “I wasn’t at the Jim Carrey audition, but somebody who was there said, ‘I don’t think Lorne would like it,’ and they were probably wrong,” Michaels told The Hollywood Reporter.

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