We all love our Divergent cast, and we all love hearing about how our favorite celebrities got our favorite roles. So what’s better than hearing how the wonderful Ansel Elgort auditioned and landed the role of Tris’s brother, Caleb, in Divergent? Well, Elgort sat down with Josh Horowitz from MTV to talk Divergent, including how he got this gig. Hint: He originally auditioned for Four!
“I auditioned for Four,” he said, referring to the “Divergent” role played by Theo James. “We did a few takes and it wasn’t really working — it was okay, whatever — and [my friend] was like, ‘You should take a knife and hold it while you’re giving the speech.’ So I took a big kitchen knife, a big one, and I had the kitchen knife and I was holding it, playing with it, giving this speech as Four…”
He paused, and then laughed.
“I wasn’t ready for Four.”
It’s OK, though: Elgort says that he’s thrilled to have landed the role of Caleb — “He’s a really interesting guy,” he mused — and furthermore, that he knew as soon as he saw Theo James in the role that the right man had won the part. Actually, he was so moved by James’ performance that he felt compelled to tell him so at the first possible opportunity, which came at, er, a not-so-opportune moment.
“This might’ve been awkward, but we were both in the bathroom standing at two urinals, and I looked over at him and was like, ‘Dude. You’re crushing it,'” Elgort said. “I was like, ‘I couldn’t get that quiet intensity, man. You’re perfect.’ “
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