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How did Dafne Keen land her role in Logan? Her audition tape has the answer

20th Century Fox has offered X-Men movie fans a chance to see how Spanish actor Dafne Keen landed her role as X-23 in the film Logan, via an audition clip. Watch the clip and find out for yourself.

hollywood Updated: May 16, 2017 19:14 IST
Aditya Dogra
Aditya Dogra
Hindustan Times
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A still from Dafne Keen’s performance in Logan.(20th Century Fox)

One would think that actor Hugh Jackman would deliver the best performance in his last movie as Wolverine, but, he wasn’t the only star to catch the audience’s attention in Logan, that hit theatres earlier this year. Breakout star, 12-year-old Dafne Keen, who played the role of Laura ( X23) won many hearts with her performance. And, now we know how she bagged the role.

20th Century Fox recently released Keen’s audition tape that landed her the role, and fans across the internet are amazed at how the newest mutant in the Marvel universe packed a punch. Have a look at the clip here:

What landed Keen the role was not just her raw talent, but also her improvisation. Director James Mangold wanted to see what Keen was capable of and asked her to improvise a specific sequence with Jackman. Keen not only nailed the scene, but did it so well, that a version of it was finally included in the film as is (something that you do not see happening often). The scene also left Jackman with bruises on his arms because of all the punches Keen delivered. “She came for the audition and there’s a scene where she punches me in the arm,” Jackman recalls in the video. “I went home and I had bruises all over my arms. No offence to all the guys I’ve fought, but I’ve never gone home with bruises until that day.”

Dafne Keen in a scene from Logan. ( Empire )

If you take Patrick Stewart’s word when it comes to knowing the true potential of an actor. Here is what he had to say, “James showed me a clip of her audition on camera, and he said, ‘I’d just like to know what you think of this. It was playing a scene and it was very, very good,” Keen’s Logan co-star Patrick Stewart recalls in the video. He goes on to comment on how Keen improvised the scene and spoke partly in Spanish. “It was one of the most extraordinary bits of audition tape I’d ever seen in my life.”

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First Published: May 16, 2017 19:14 IST