Patricia Arquette Recalls Bombing ‘Jerry Maguire’ Audition With Tom Cruise

Patricia Arquette was so near listening to Tom Cruise declare to her in entrance of the world, “You complete me.”

The “Severance” actor was satisfied she had nabbed a number one function in 1996′s “Jerry Maguire,” whose titular protagonist utters that well-known line to character Dorothy Boyd — however she misplaced out to Renée Zellweger, Arquette recalled in an interview Sunday with Variety.

“Everyone was saying, ‘Oh, this is just a formality, you’re gonna read with Tom Cruise for ‘Jerry Maguire,’ but this is your part, you got it,’” she mentioned on the pink carpet of the Screen Actors Guild Awards. “And I blew it.”

While “Maguire” resembled a standard rom-com on the floor, its earnest method made the Cameron Crowe movie an awards circuit colossus. It not solely received Cuba Gooding Jr. an Oscar, however led Zellweger to obtain a SAG nod for her function.

“I actually think she was better for it,” mentioned Arquette, who herself received an Oscar in 2015 for “Boyhood.”

At the time of casting for “Maguire,” Arquette had already curated a powerful résumé, showing in cult classics similar to “True Romance,” “Ed Wood” and “Lost Highway.” She had been hardened by failed auditions as properly, like that for Oliver Stone’s 1991 “The Doors” biopic.

Patricia Arquette delivers an acceptance speech on the 2015 Oscars.

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Arquette informed Variety that she’s “a terrible auditioner” as a result of the method doesn’t contain “finished work,” however added that actors have to “have fun” throughout tryouts.

“You gotta go in and do your best, take a chance,” she mentioned, “and you gotta let it go, because it’s really out of your hands.”