Young Adult star Patton Oswalt revealed to Variety's Jenelle Riley that he auditioned for the critically acclaimed film 12 Years a Slave. Patton was looking to fill one of the roles of the two men who kidnap the protagonist, Solomon Northup, and sell him into slavery. Those parts eventually went to Saturday Night Live cast member Taran Killam and Scoot McNairy.
"I didn't get the role, but when I saw the guy who got it, he was great!" Oswalt said. "So I never get too down about not getting a part. Casting people know what they're doing. You want to be in a good movie, but you don't want to suck in something great. They got the perfect person to play that role."