Jamie Foxx missed out on the chance to star alongside pal Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire because he acted like a fool at his audition.
The Ray star, who later teamed up with Cruise in Collateral, admits he made a mess of his chance to play Cuba Gooding Jr's role - which won the actor an Oscar - in the hit sports film, because he was overawed by Cruise.
Foxx tells Playboy magazine: "I blew it, man. Maybe I wasn't ready. Tom was just too famous, and I was too young. I was a stand-up comedian, and I just f**ked it up.
"I was reading all loud and stuff, and Tom was very quiet. So I read my lines, and then he paused for a long time… So I said: 'Tom, it's your line.' And he looked at me and said: 'I know. I got it.'"
But Foxx insists the messed up audition wasn't all bad - Cruise remembered him.
He adds: "The one good thing about meeting Tom was that I told great jokes that day when we had downtime.
"I had everybody laughing and stuff, and he remembered me."