Casting for the Wachowski sister’s original 1999 classic The Matrix seemed both erratic and very specific, taking auditions from a wide range of actors from various backgrounds, with each one sharing a strange, intimidating stoicism. From Laurence Fishburne to Carrie-Anne Moss, every actor was required to engage in athletic, gravity-defying stunts, with actress Salma Hayek recently reporting that she was close to being cast for the film herself, but confessed was too “lazy” to get the role.
Turns out that Salma Hayek auditioned alongside Carrie-Anne Moss and Jada Pinkett Smith to make up three of the final four potentials for the role of Trinity. It all came out on Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk series, released on Wednesday’s on Facebook Watch, where Hayek recalls: “We were one of the four finalists for The Matrix,” before she goes on to talk down her own physical attributes for the role.
Discussing the matter, Hayek commented: “We’d jumped through many hurdles, screen testing, and many auditions. They brought these stunt coordinators from Asia. It was the physical test. I’m flexible and agile, but I’m lazy”.
Continuing, Hayek notes: “I never really went to the gym, they said, ‘You have to run!’ I go, ‘To where?’ I couldn’t even go around the room once. Here comes Jada, a mean, lean, sexy machine! Oh my God! She was so good! It was so embarrassing! She was so fit, she was so focused, she was so disciplined.”
Both Hayek and Pinkett Smith agree in the interview that Carrie-Anne Moss was the perfect actress for the role, with Smith stating: “I thought Carrie-Anne was the perfect Trinity, and there was no way I could do what she did. And that’s the only time in my career I’ve said that about losing a role”.
The highly anticipated fourth instalment of The Matrix series is due for release later this year with Moss, Reeves, and Pinkett Smith all slated to return.