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Salma Hayek hilariously reveals how she lost ‘Matrix’ role to Jada Pinkett Smith


Salma Hayek is reflecting on the first time she met Jada Pinkett Smith — and it was when they were both auditioning for a role in The Matrix franchise.

We know now that Pinkett Smith nabbed the role of Captain Niobe, who appeared in the original film’s two sequels, but during a recent episode of Red Table Talk Hayek hilariously detailed the physical test they had to take as part of the casting process.

“We had jumped through many hurdles and screen testing and many auditions, and they brought these stunt coordinators from Asia, and it was the physical test,” the Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard star recalled.

“Now, I’m flexible, I’m agile — but I’m lazy,” Hayek laughed. “I never really went to the gym.”

Hayek shared that she was told she had to run around the room as part of the test and admitted, “I couldn’t even go around the room once; I was like [panting].”

Then entered Pinkett Smith. 

“In comes Jada. Mean, lean, sexy machine. Oh my god, she was so good!” Hayek said. “It was so embarrassing. She was so fit; she was so focused; she was so disciplined; she was so capable; she was so gracious.”

“And I just looked at this woman, and I thought to myself, ‘That’s who I wanna be when I grow up,"” Hayek joked.

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