Going from a critical darling like Mad Men to a ratings juggernaut like Empire would probably be the best opportunity there is for an actor.
Although, we’ll never actually know because someone over at the AMC period drama actually turned down the chance to star on FOX‘s musical series!
Apparently, John Slattery didn’t think much of Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard‘s show when creator Danny Strong — who played Roger Sterling’s cousin on Mad Men –approached him about making an appearance.
In a recent interview, John opened up about his mistake, and his former co-star’s success, saying:
“That guy is on top of the world right now with Empire. If he reads this, ‘Danny, I need a job!’ He actually asked me if I wanted to be on Empire, and I think I let that ship sail. I don’t know who I would’ve played… some white dude.”
That’s gotta hurt!
Of course, John’s been starring alongside Jon Hamm on Mad Men for seven seasons now, so we don’t think he really needs the money. But it sure would have been fun for us!
And as for what character he’d play on Empire, we can totally see him as Rhonda’s father, can’t you??
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