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Tuesday 3 March 2015

Owen: Ben didn't want to cast me

Owen Wilson says Ben Stiller didn't rate his acting when they first met
Owen Wilson says Ben Stiller didn't rate his acting when they first met

Owen Wilson has revealed that when he first met Ben Stiller, the Little Fockers leading man didn't think his co-star was a very good actor.

The friends have since starred together in numerous films including the Meet The Fockers series, Night At The Museum and Starsky and Hutch and are part of what is known as the Hollywood Frat Pack, but when they first met at an audition for The Cable Guy, Ben wasn't impressed by Owen.

Owen revealed: "I first met Ben when I went to audition for The Cable Guy. Judd Apatow co-wrote that movie and I found out later that Judd really pushed for Ben to cast me.

"Ben wasn't very blown away by my audition and I'm not sure if 'reluctant' is the right word, but let's say he put me in the movie without huge enthusiasm."

Fortunately, Owen managed to change Ben's mind and their friendship was formed.

He went on: "But you know we ended up getting along really well and he said that he really liked the way I played my character in The Cable Guy.

"I remember that he told me later that when he was editing the movie that it was one of his favourite scenes to work with - he said he really enjoyed that scene between me and Leslie Mann and how obnoxious my character was.

"And then he saw Bottle Rocket after we had filmed The Cable Guy and he was a big supporter of the movie and he wrote me a very nice note, saying how much he liked it."

:: Little Fockers is in cinemas now.

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