While visiting Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday to promote his new film Violent Night, the Stranger Things actor recalled one of the most unforgettable audition experiences of his life: for 2011’s W.E., directed by Madonna.
Wondering why he’d been asked to attend the audition, the casting director was candid. He was told that the unnamed director had seen him in the 2008 film Revolutionary Road
Harbour was incredibly curious leading up to the audition. “And so all weekend, I was literally thinking about Ridley Scott and Martin Scorsese,” Harbour shared with Kimmel, 55, with a chuckle.
The Black Widow actor revealed that the audition was a “truly harrowing, exciting experience” because he had been crushing on the singer since seeing her “Open Your Heart” music video back in 1986 when he was 11. “So there I am, in this boardroom of the St. Regis, and it all comes flooding back,” he told Kimmel.
In addition to Harbour, the film starred Abbie Cornish, Andrea Riseborough, and James D’Arcy. It didn’t do well at the box office.
But the experience led to “one of the coolest things I’ve ever done” — attend Madonna’s birthday party.