What do you get when you mix Aaron Paul, J.J. Abrams, Tom Cruise and magic? A very bad audition.

Paul, speaking with Tom Hiddleston for Variety and PBS’ “Actors on Actors,” shared the story of his disastrous audition for “Cloverfield,” where he was thrown off track by a failed magic trick. Even seasoned pros can be off their game in front of Abrams.

The two-part fourth-season premiere of “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” airs June 12 and June 19 on PBS SoCal. Presented by Shopbop/East Dane, the full-length videos will also be available to stream on Variety.com.