"It's funny, I auditioned for that part in A Star Is Born," Lambert revealed. "It was so funny to me, because they told me about it and they were like 'She's going to have like a gay best friend' and I was like 'Okay, that could be cute' and then I got the script."
Lambert's hesitancy came not from the script being bad, but instead the realization he and the part were not a good fit.
"His name was Latino, a lot of the slang that he was using [was Latin]," Lambert continued. "He was calling [Gaga's character] 'mami' and all this stuff, and I was like 'now, how is this gonna work?' Should I just not go to the audition? This is not my part,'" he recalled with a laugh.
Despite his concerns, Lambert auditioned for the part, but breathed a big sigh of relief when the role eventually went to Anthony Ramos, star of the hit musical Hamilton. Ramos told Out that he played the character with a sort of sexual ambiguity.
"He's a voice in a billion," Brian May, Queen's lead guitarist, said of Lambert. "Nobody has that range -- nobody that I've ever worked with -- and not just the range but the quality throughout the range. I've seen Adam develop just like I watched Freddie develop."