10 Biggest Lies Actors Told To Get Movie Roles

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In order to be successful in Hollywood, you need to have more than just talent. Millions of people study drama and go to acting classes with the goal of becoming a big star, so what separates them from the small amount of actors who actually make it?

Well, a good agent is always handy, and in this day and age, a large social media following is always going to be a plus. Being in the right place at the right time has also helped several actors jump-start their careers, and then, there are those who tell little white lies - or weave huge, daring webs of deceit - in order to get ahead.

Now, generally speaking, any endeavour that is based on a lie will fall apart eventually, but some actors have managed to successfully ride their false claims all the way through to a finished movie or lucrative career, padding out their filmographies and, in some cases, even earning critical acclaim.

That's not to say there weren't a few bumps along the way, but in these cases, being a cheeky little liar actually paid off.

10. Chris Hemsworth Likes To Fib About His Height

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If it wasn't obvious from the way he towers over the rest of the Avengers, Chris Hemsworth is a rather tall dude. At six feet three inches, the actor's height made him the perfect fit to play Thor, a role that called for someone with his lofty frame.

But, surprisingly, being a pure mountain of muscle does come with certain disadvantages - namely, that Hemsworth is simply considered too tall to take on certain parts.

That's fair enough when you think about it: if you're not the right physical match for a character (and can't morph yourself into shape by gaining or losing weight) you shouldn't be allowed to play that character. However - as he confessed to the Radio Times - that hasn't stopped Hemsworth from lying about his height and saying he's shorter than he really is, in order to improve his chances of being cast:

“There are certainly things I’ve wanted to go up for which I’ve been totally wrong for, physically... and I normally lie about my height [6ft 3in] and say I’m shorter... but it can go two ways. The brief for the audition for Thor said: must be over 6ft 1in, which I’d never seen before!”

The actor doesn't mention any specific films, but no matter the project, it's hard to imagine that he'd be able to get away with saying he's anything less than six feet tall.


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