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Oliver Stone’s mistake landed Aaron Taylor-Johnson lead movie role

Oliver Stone cast Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the movie Savages after mistaking him for another actor.
The English star is known for his ability to transform his appearance for roles, having most recently switched-up his look to portray psychopathic drifter Ray Marcus in Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals.
While Aaron’s changing looks can be puzzling for fans, during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday (10May17), he recounted how Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver had confused him with actor Jim Sturgess when he was making the 2012 crime thriller.
“(At one point), he was trying to explain to the other cast how he cast me… (Oliver said), ‘I saw this fantastic performance of you, I can’t remember what it’s called but you were wearing a black leather jacket in it.’ I went, ‘Nowhere Boy’, and he went, ‘No, no, no, it wasn’t that. You were playing cards and you were really brilliant,'” he recalled.
While Aaron wracked his brains to name the film Oliver was referring to, he eventually clicked that the director was thinking of Jim’s portrayal of Ben Campbell in heist drama 21. The 26-year-old was so stunned by Oliver’s admission that he didn’t think to correct him.
“I was really embarrassed because he was kind of bragging in front of a bunch of people. I walked away going, ‘He thought I was Jim Sturgess,'” he laughed. “Jim Sturgess did a fantastic performance, and that’s the reason I got the job… I feel a bit nervous now, that’s the first time I’ve ever said that.”
Aaron also shared how he beefed up for his part in upcoming film The Wall. In the war drama, he plays Sergeant Allen Issac, an American sniper, and was forced to consume a lot of junk food in the lead-up to filming in order to add 30 pounds to his frame.
“I just wanted to pack on the pounds, so I got really into eating In-N-Out Burger. So, I’d have about two 4×4 (large hamburgers) by 11am, as brunch. That’s the kind of stuff I was eating, with a milkshake. You get indigestion!” he explained.

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