Ernie Hudson was told to be sexier when auditioning for Star Trek role

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Ernie Hudson is well-known for his role as Winston Zeddemore in Ghostbusters, a movie francise which began in 1984 and continues to this day, with the most recent film, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire having just released on March 22nd. The franchise originally had two movies in the 1980s before returning to the big screen with Ghostbusters: Afterlife in 2021. After the first two movies, Hudson moved on to other auditions. The talented actor, in a conversation with Gizmodo, talked about an audition he did for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the Avery Brooks-led series that ran for seven seasons, that took a confusing turn.

Hudson says he auditioned for a role on Deep Space Nine and thought he did well in the first audition. However, he received a note from the producers inviting him to come back, only they wanted him to "be sexier." Hudson says he didn't know what to do with that, but he did return for the second audition. He turned up his collar, reminiscent of Elvis, and gave it a go. But in the middle of the monologue, the producers stopped Hudson and thanked him. At that time, Hudson knew he wasn't going to get the role so he wasn't surprised when he didn't.

Later on, Hudson says he was told that the producers regretted not giving him the role, which, he says, isn't something you want to hear. Hudson doesn't say which role he auditioned for on Deep Space Nine. Perhaps for a sexy alien? It's regrettable he didn't get a part on the series, though, especially if it was a part that involved interacting with Captain Sisko. The two actors together would have been electric! You can watch the short video clip at the Gizmodo link.

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