Rudd Pleaded For Second Audition For How Do You Know

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December 6, 2010 | 2:25pm EST

Actor Paul Rudd begged director James L. Brooks for a second audition for new movie How Do You Know after botching his first read-through by forgetting how to spell his name.
The I Love You, Man star was battling through illness when he first tried out for the role and the results were so disastrous, he was forced to plead for another chance.

He says, “I had a fever so I went over to Mr Brooks’ apartment and read for it but I couldn’t spell my name! And so when it was over I asked if I could try it again in a week or two.”

And Rudd’s efforts paid off – he landed the part in the romantic comedy as corporate executive George, joining a cast including Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson and Jack Nicholson.