Darren Aronofsky couldn't find Mother! role for Mark Margolis

The two stars had collaborated on all of Aronofsky's films since 1998's Pi.

Director Darren Aronofsky was heartbroken after failing to find a role for his longtime collaborator Mark Margolis in his new thriller Mother!.

Scarface actor Margolis, who is known for his role as drug boss Don Salamanca in Breaking Bad and its spin-off Better Call Saul, has featured in all of Aronofsky's feature films since 1998's Pi, but he was noticeably missing from the moviemaker's latest release, which stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem.

Aronofsky admits he tried to find a way to fit the 77-year-old character actor into the cast, but it just didn't work out.

"Y'know, there wasn't anything that was good enough for him, was the problem," he explained to Vulture. "So I felt like, he's not a day player; he's such a great actor. And it's mostly these small roles. So it was heartbreaking, but I didn't really have anything for him unfortunately. But I tried."

The director reveals Margolis has been complaining about his omission from Mother!'s line-up ever since, although it's all in jest.

"I don't think he does anything but complain," Aronofsky quipped, before insisting, "He's fine... Y'know, since the first time we worked with him back on Pi, the relationship has always been about him complaining. I don't know if he does it with other people, but at this point, it's so lovable and it's just our schtick (routine)."

Aronofsky has nothing but high praise for Margolis, and that's part of the reason why he didn't want to just squeeze his old pal into a meaningless role for the sake of continuing their previously-unbroken run of big screen collaborations.

"He's great. He's super hard-working," Darren continued. "He comes from incredible technique, incredible skill set, and just great character. And he's just consistently surprising and hard-working. But you've got to have something that's worth his time, I think."

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