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This Deadpool Actor Missed Out On A Part In The Avengers

Fans, of course, got to know Morena Baccarin in such hit sci-fi series as Fox’s “Firefly” and ABC’s reboot of “V,” but it was her turn as the love of Wade Wilson’s (Reynolds) life, Vanessa Carlysle, in “Deadpool” and its 2018 sequel that catapulted her career to a whole new level. Clearly, Baccarin found the right combination to make her role opposite Reynolds so memorable, but for some reason, she just couldn’t find her footing when auditioning for her former “Firefly” boss for “The Avengers.”

“I didn’t get it at all, I didn’t get it at all,” Baccarin told the “Happy Sad Confused” podcast (via CBR). “I love that [Joss Whedon] brought me in for [the audition]. He kept telling me she was like Sigourney Weaver in ‘Alien,’ that she had this kind of hard edge to her, and I was like, ‘I don’t understand.’ I couldn’t see it on the page, I couldn’t do it.”

Interestingly enough, Cobie Smulders — who eventually was cast as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill — was at “The Avengers” audition at the same time. Baccarin said she knew at that point that Smulders would land the role. “I was there with Cobie, we tested against each other, and I was like, ‘She’s going to get this part, I can see it,'” Baccarin told “Happy Sad Confused.” [Whedon] wanted me to be emotional but hold it all in and be hard, and I was like, ‘I don’t know what you’re asking me to do. I can’t do it.'”

Playing Vanessa in the “Deadpool” movies isn’t the only time Baccarin has played a live-action comic book character. From 2014 to 2019, she played Dr. Leslie Thompkins in the DC TV universe on the Fox series “Gotham.” Currently, Baccarin stars in an NBC crime drama with an ironically “Avengers”-like title — “The Endgame.”

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