Charlize Theron relives her mortifying audition for Tom Hanks

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On The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Charlize Theron relived the humiliating audition she did for her idol, Tom Hanks, for his 1996 film, That Thing You Do!

"Oh, it was not good," Theron told Colbert. "I don't know why he gave me the role. I mean, honestly, I was so nervous. I mean, imagine, you are 19 and you meet this idol, like I idolized him." Theron also told Colbert that she is such a big fan of Hanks, that she has seen Turner & Hooch "like 500 times."

Theron explained that while growing up in South Africa, she watched a lot of Hanks's films. However, at the time, she wasn't the Oscar-winning actress she is today. So, the nerves really got to her. "To audition for somebody like that is frightening," admitted Theron. "The character who plays my boyfriend in the movie, his name is Guy. And I got so nervous in the audition. I had to do this scene with, Tom read with me. Oh, it's so mortifying." Theron went on to share that, no matter how hard she tried, she just couldn't say "Guy."

"I got so nervous that I couldn't say 'Guy' and I kept saying 'gay.' And the more I tried to correct myself, the more I just said 'gay,' and it was so horrible. He literally said at one point, he's like, 'You know, let's just take a break, we'll come back.' And I was, like, 'Oh, I am sucking right now!'"

While it does sound pretty embarrassing, as we all know, Theron got the part and now it's all just that thing she remembers.

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