I did what any sensible young starving actor would do — I lied through my teeth and told them I had plenty of experience in both," says the now 36-year-old actor.
"I overheard two actors talking about how the casting director told them to be prepared to do a gymnastics routine at the end of the audition.
I thought there’s no way that’s really gonna happen and not a moment later, the door opens to the audition room and here comes Huntley Ritter (Les) doing a cartwheel down the hallway!
Fortunately for me, by the time I finally auditioned they were so far behind schedule they didn’t ask me to do anything. "Bring It On follows cheerleaders at a Southern California high school who find out their best cheers were stolen from an inner-city school and must scramble to put together a completely new routine in time to compete at championships.
That might have been one of my best ideas to date," he says.
"Now that we are through the start up phase, I am currently getting ready to produce one of our independent features, which we will be not only producing together but also co-starring and singing in.
If anyone wants to hear Jan sing, check this out..."A decade and a half may seem like a lifetime, but West assures: "I definitely think I could bust out a couple cheers, if my life depended on it.
Once he was cast in Bring It On, the actor, along with Kristen Dunst and the rest of the cast, went through a rigorously and "very intense" cheer camp for 3-4 weeks that lasted 10-12 hours a day, according to West.
"Then they would transport us back to the hotel where Huntley and I would continue practicing because we were both certain we were both gonna get canned," he says, noting that learning the routines was the most difficult part of filming.