What Malcolm-Jamal Warner Got Wrong at His Cosby Show Audition

At the age when most kids have their hands full navigating the social minefield of puberty, Malcolm-Jamal Warner was auditioning for the biggest TV show of the ’80s.

On The Cosby Show, Malcolm-Jamal played the athletic, girl-crazy Theo Huxtable. He tells Oprah: Where Are They Now? that when he walked into the audition, he tried to infuse the character with a sassy attitude. That didn’t fly with Bill Cosby. Here, Malcolm-Jamal explains how he “did a 180-degree turn” in order to score the role of a lifetime.

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