Loser: Michael Cera
Winner: Haley Joel Osment
Arrested Development's George Michael almost saw dead people. In 1999, a then young, unknown Canadian actor by the name of Michael Cera auditioned for director M. Night Shyamalan for the role of Cole Sear, a young, social outcast who sees the ghosts of those with unfinished business among the living. Although Haley Joel Osment would eventually become one of the youngest Oscar nominees ever for his performance—in the Best Supporting Actor category—he's since been on quite a journey, first leaving Hollywood for college at New York University, then getting into some drug-related legal troubles. Cera, on the other hand, is heading big-budget Hollywood productions, such as
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and
Superbad. That being said, Cera didn't exactly blow Shyamalan away with his audition. "I auditioned for
The Sixth Sense, which I didn't know was about seeing dead people,"
Cera later admitted to Esquire. "[I read] the scene with the penny. Bruce Willis is saying, ‘I can't be your doctor anymore,' and Haley Joel Osment starts crying and slides the penny over to him. It's a very emotional scene. And I did not do it that way. I did it upbeat. I said ‘Some magic's real' very optimistically."