Marvel’s Eternals star Salma Hayek has revealed she auditioned to play Trinity in The Matrix over two decades ago, but she wasn’t quite able to crack the code. Speaking on Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk, Salma recalled her “embarrassing” audition experience, where she was up against Jada herself and Carrie-Anne Moss, who ultimately landed the role.
“We were one of the four finalists for The Matrix,” Salma said (via Entertainment Weekly).
“We’d jumped through many hurdles, screen testing, and many auditions. They brought these stunt coordinators from Asia. It was the physical test. I’m flexible and agile, but I’m lazy.
“I never really went to the gym, they said, ‘You have to run!’ I go, ‘To where?’ I couldn’t even go around the room once. Here comes Jada, a mean, lean, sexy machine! Oh my God! She was so good! It was so embarrassing!” the actress continued.
“She was so fit, she was so focused, she was so disciplined. She was so capable. She was so gracious. And I just looked at this woman and I thought to myself, ‘That’s who I want to be when I grow up.'”
Salma and Jada then both agreed that Carrie-Anne was the perfect fit for the role, with Jada adding: “I always tell Carrie-Ann that she was perfect for that one.”
Salma went on to joke that The Wachowskis never called her again, meanwhile they wrote the part of Niobe in The Matrix Reloaded for Jada. “Every time I’m going to do action, I say, no, I better start getting some stamina and practice the routines, you’ve got to be like Jada!” Salma added.
Jada is set to return as Niobe for The Matrix 4, which is due for release this December. Also returning to the franchise are Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, while it was revealed earlier this month Christina Ricci has been cast in a mystery role.
The Matrix 4 is scheduled for release on December 22, 2021 in cinemas and on HBO Max in the US.
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