Does Lance Gross Strike You As A ‘Gladiator In A Suit?’ Actor Says He Auditioned For ‘Scandal’ Role But Was Beat Out By Columbus Short

April 24, 2013  |  

It’s hard to imagine anyone other than Columbus Short playing the role of smooth-talking, take-charge Harrison on ABC’s primetime political thriller, Scandal. However, actor Lance Gross recently revealed in an interview with Hot 97’s Angie Martinez that  he’d actually tried out for the role and he really wanted it. Unfortunately for him producers decided to go with Columbus Short instead.

“I was up for the Scandal role. Yeah, it hurts. It hurts. But, you know he’s [Columbus Short] killing it. He was right for it,” Gross admitted.

He also shared that there are a handful of popular Black male actors that he frequently runs into at auditions.

“I always see Columbus Short, Derek Luke, Jackie Long, Robbie Jones, a little bit of everybody.”

Gross went on to insist that although they frequently audition for the same roles, there is no bad blood between the fellas.

“Everybody uplifts everybody. I feel like the girls get catty about the roles more than the guys. We don’t do that. We just go in and try to be prepared. It’s friendly competition, just like sports.”

Surprisingly, the Temptation actor also revealed that he competed against Derek Luke for the role of Diddy in the Notorious biopic.

“I wanted to play Diddy in ‘Notorious.’ I went out for that. Derek got it. I think he did good. Derek did a great job. I love the movie.”

No disrespect to Lance, but my Olivia Pope gut instincts tell me that the folks over at Shondaland made the right decision when they selected Columbus to play Harrison.

Turn the page to watch Lance chat it up with Angie. Do you think he would’ve made a better Harrison? 

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