Louis C.K. was thrilled when he was called in to meet with Allen, but had very low expectations.
He tells Wenn, "I went to his office and I just wanted to meet him... I thought, 'I'll get to meet him before he dies!'
"He was so nice to me. He said, 'I like your stand-up and you're very funny but I don't know if you could be this mean, tough guy'. I read the scene and thought, 'I can't do this guy'. I'm big and I'm not afraid of a lot of people but I've never been in a fight.
"So I read it as me and he went, 'Well, Ok.' And I knew I didn't get the part. I think I cried, I was so emotional. I had just met Woody, he was so nice to me, I didn't get the part and I'll never see him again.
"Then I heard DICe (Clay) got that part and I was so happy for him; he's a good guy... He's a really good actor."
But the story doesn't end there - Louis C.K. was offered another role: "I heard that someone who works for Woody is coming to my house tomorrow with an envelope. A young woman came to my house, gave me an envelope and said, 'I have to take this back with me. You can have it for 40 minutes'. I opened it and there was a letter from Woody saying, 'You couldn't do that guy but there's another guy you could do. Please do the part'.
"There were three scenes and I thought, 'This guy is a total jerk-off but I could play him'. I wrote back and said, 'Yes'."