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While speaking with Angie Martinez this week, forever heartthrob Idris Elba said that while there wasn’t a role he seriously wanted that he lost out on since starting his career, he was super “salty” to have lost out on a role in one of our favorite black rom-coms.

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“When I first started, I auditioned for Brown Sugar,” Elba shared. “Boris Kodjoe got that role. I’m telling you, and this is a true story, right? This is an absolute true story.”

When Martinez pointed out the fact that she actually appeared in the project, playing herself (she made a brief appearance at the very end), he said he wouldn’t know because he didn’t support the film.

“I didn’t watch it I was so salty!”

But Elba isn’t the first actor or actress to reveal (or have revealed) that they auditioned for a movie or TV role that they thought would have been the perfect fit only to lose it to another big star. However, that loss opened the door for greater things, as you will see in this gallery.

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