Small Axe: Lovers Rock star Micheal Ward originally auditioned for a different role in the BBC anthology.
Ahead of this Sunday's (June 6) Virgin Media BAFTA Television Awards, where Ward is nominated for Best Supporting Actor, he spoke to Digital Spy and other media about how he got involved with last year's critically adored stories.
"Initially, I didn't audition for Lover's Rock," he revealed.
"I auditioned for Wheatle, Alex Wheatle, and then Steve [McQueen] basically said that I wasn't naive enough to play that role.
"So I left the audition thinking, 'F**k, I didn't get the role. I'm not going to be involved in it'. At that moment, I was like, 'It is what it is, but I still want to be involved.'"
Ward – portrayer of Franklyn Cooper, who falls in love with Martha Trenton – went on to share: "Then the day after, I got an offer for Franklyn and I'd never read the script for that particular movie.
"So I went into the room and read it with the rest of the cast, which at the time they weren't cast, but everyone who came to that read ended up getting cast, so for me that was just a sick process man."
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