What does it take to get the part? Sometimes a good screen test or audition tape is all you need in getting your name in lights. And sometimes ... well, sometimes it doesn't work out. Here you'll find what we consider to be the most memorable video documentations of actors who got the part ... and a few who didn't, despite their best efforts.

What does it take to get the part? Sometimes a good screen test or audition tape is all you need in getting your name in lights. And sometimes ... well, sometimes it doesn't work out. Here you'll find what we consider to be the most memorable video documentations of actors who got the part ... and a few who didn't, despite their best efforts.

Henry Thomas -- 'E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial'
A lot of people cry during 'E.T.' You'll probably cry at this audition tape, too. Steven Spielberg had found his Elliott, without a doubt.



Marlon Brando -- 'Rebel Without a Cause'
"I hate him, I HATE his stupid face!" Marlon Brando was a contender for the classic tale of youth in revolt, but the role ultimately went to a man by the name of James Dean.



It should come as no surprise that the man who turned the phrase "THIS ... IS ... SPARTA!" into perhaps the most over-the-top battle cry ever uttered would also go all the way in portraying one of horror's most celebrated icons. He got the part.



Tobey had pretty much already gotten the role by the time this was shot, but it appears that Sony just wanted to make extra sure that they had found their wall-crawler, so they staged this rather elaborate screen test. They were convinced.



It seems like every actor in Hollywood in their 20s and 30s auditioned for the role of Han Solo. Kurt Russell is a great actor. He just wasn't meant for Han.



A lot of young actresses were up for the role of Catherine Tramell, perhaps the most celebrated cinematic super-vixen of the '90s. And only one actress got it -- the right one.



Dustin had already gotten the part, but Columbia Pictures still wasn't sure how to best present Hoffman's alter ego, Dorothy Michaels. Here's Hoffman doing Dorothy doing an audition tape, which serves as a screen test to Columbia's satisfaction. How meta.



Sometimes someone is just so perfect for a role, it's scary. Judd Apatow and company knew they had to look no further for their movie star bad boy the second Russell stepped in front of the camera.



No sound on this, but it doesn't need it. Leeloo was all about the strange looks and bizarre tics, and here Milla goes through the entire catalog. This one's pretty hypnotic -- and Milla's performance remains one of the most underrated in pop sci-fi.



Brian Atene - 'Full Metal Jacket'
Perhaps the most infamous audition tape ever recorded, Brian Atene's attempt to get in Stanley Kubrick's good graces may have single-handedly influenced Julliard to re-evaluate its pretentious reputation. Watch a master at work.

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