Sean Penn Admits His Audition For 'Fast Times At Ridgemont High’ Was 'Terrible'

Sean Penn is a well respected actor and Hollywood legend, but as it turns out, Sean hasn't totally rocked every single audition he's ever had, which makes me feel better about the several interviews I've absolutely blown over the past five years, lol!

The 59-year-old actor revealed to Jimmy Fallon that the audition for his classic '80s film was "terrible."

"Fast Times at Ridgemont High" is a total '80s classic! It's right up their with "16 Candles" and "The Breakfast Club" if you ask me!

Sean Penn was a total heartthrob as then (and still is now, of course) and was the ultimate cool guy as Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

Now, the 59-year-old is opening up about his audition for this classic film with Jimmy Fallon and guys, I'm shook!


Jimmy mentioned that he’d heard Sean "came in for the audition" for the film "and said, ‘I’m not gonna audition. I know who Spicoli is. So, if you want — if you want to see him, you have to hire me.'"


"It’s mostly true," Sean replied.

"The way I remember it was that I — long before I had a penny in my pocket, had a kind of feeling of entitlement as an actor, not because I thought I was so good, but because I thought the rest were not so good,” he explained.

"That gave me an awful lot of confidence, and I read this part, and I just said, ‘I know this thing.’"


He continued: "I was terrible at it and self-conscious. I thought, I need the mask of it being a job to get the music in me and go. So, I just wanted them to just give it to me, trust me."

"I auditioned, and it was terrible and flat, and I knew I wasn’t willing to hit the kind of music of this character that I thought it was and had familiarity with, too… so, they dismissed me, and I left."

Of course, Sean ended up getting the part, despite the rocky audition, and the rest is history!

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