Newswire: Aaron Paul blew an audition for J.J. Abrams because of a magic trick

Generally, nobody can tell when a universe-altering event is going to happen, but apparently Aaron Paul caused one at some point between 2006 and 2008 when he tried to do a magic trick for Tom Cruise. Paul told the story on Variety and PBS’ Actors On Actors series, and it goes back to when he had a small role in J.J. Abrams’ Mission: Impossible III. Following the advice of a friend, Paul shared his interest in magic tricks with Abrams, who apparently is also a big nerd who likes magic. Naturally, Abrams then asked Paul to do a card trick in front of the entire cast, including Tom Cruise, and Paul had to give it a couple of tries before he could do it right. Cruise was impressed anyway, and the whole thing made enough of an impression on Abrams that he remembered it later when Paul auditioned for …

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