George Clooney
George Clooney was embarrassed by the reactions he got after dying his hair for the film Hail, Caesar! Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images

Today, George Clooney chooses his roles rather than having to wait for callbacks but that was not always the case. Back when the actor first started out, he had to deal with his own share of rejections.

In a QnA with co-star Channing Tatum to promote their latest film Hail, Caesar! Clooney recollects how he reacted to failing his first audition. "My first audition was for a private resort. I didn't get it and I think I cried. I was around 20-years-old and I was very bad," he said.

As for his worst audition? The Oceans Eleven actor saves that honour for the time he went to an audition drunk. "I auditioned for Francis Ford Coppola for Dracula and I was supposed to play a drunk guy and I got really drunk to do it because I thought that was the best way to do it," Clooney told Tatum. "Then Coppola called my agent and said, 'He was drunk!' That didn't work out."

Playing a kidnapped 1950s actor Baird Whitlock in Hail, Caesar!, the 54-year-old actor, who is known for his silvery locks, was concerned about being seen about town with dyed hair.

"After I'd wrap I'd change into normal clothes and I'd go to dinner with my wife and people would see me with black hair and they'd be like 'Really, dude? Really?' I'm like, 'It's for a movie.'

"They thought I was that guy. It was a little embarrassing."

While he might not have been comfortable with the reactions, Clooney confessed to enjoying the "younger" hair. "I liked having my hair dyed black, because it made feel young and lively," he told Variety magazine.

What the Inglorious Bastards star did love was the leather dress he donned for the film. "From the minute I got the role, I put on the leather dress and wore it everywhere," he joked to E!News.

Hail Caesar! releases in theatres on 5 February.