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Ryan Reynolds is doing all right for himself these days, but he's no stranger to rejection. Reynolds and "Hidden Figures" star Taraji P. Henson compared audition horror stories for Variety's new season of "Actors on Actors," which premieres January on PBS SoCal.

Henson asked Reynolds about his "worst" audition, and he said "most of them" were his worst, but there was one that stood out:

"I was never a great auditioner. I had one where I had to sing, and that was -- I'm a nervous singer. [...]. It's one of those auditions that was so bad that I look back and I think, 'What if that tape surfaces at some point?' And it just comes out, and that will be the death of me."

When asked about his "last" audition, Reynolds said:

"I auditioned and failed for the Coen Brothers. [...] It was terrible. It was OK, it just wasn't the right fit, mostly because they're very high class. In the room, they were just quietly shaking their heads, like, 'What are you doing here? Do you have a SAG card or do you have the Canadian version? How did you get here?'"

Henson asked which movie that was for, and he initially said, "Hail, Caesar!" (2016) but then added, "Was it? No, the one before that." If not for "Hail, Caesar!" maybe it was "Inside Llewyn Davis" (2013). In both cases, he may have had to sing, so his last audition may have also been been his worst audition.

Watch both Reynolds and Henson (who co-starred in "Smokin' Aces") share their stories when "Actors on Actors" Season 5 premieres January 3 on PBS SoCal, or see the interview here. (They start sharing bad audition stories around the 16-minute mark.)

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