There’s been a long standing rumor that David Bowie once auditioned for a role Peter Jackson‘s Lord Of The Rings Trilogy. Which role changes with each telling, but now Dominic Monaghan, who played the hobbit Merry, has added his story to the mix. While it does confirm that Bowie auditioned, it still leaves up in the air which role he was up for.
While recently talking with The Huffington Post about his television show Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan, he talked about the day he went in for his LOTR audition and the surprise appearance of Bowie.
I was at the Hubbard’s, which is a pretty notorious casting agency office in London, doing an audition for ‘Lord of the Rings,’ and when it ended I went over and talked to John Hubbard, who was running the audition, and he said, ‘Hey, it went really well. You should wait around for 5 or 10 mins. We’ll give you some feedback.
I thought, ‘Oh, OK, cool, and I sat in the reception office. As I was reading a magazine waiting, David Bowie came in and signed his little list and went in. And I’m assuming he read for Gandalf. I can’t think of anything else he would’ve read for. He may have read for something else, but I’m a huge David Bowie fan, and I was lucky enough to know his son now so just seeing him in person was pretty special to me.
Bowie as Gandalf is a mind-bending thought after seeing how wonderful Ian McKellen was in the role. Many people believe that Bowie wasn’t after the role of the Grey Wizard, but the role of Elrond, the Lord of Rivendell, which was played by Hugo Weaving.
Whichever role he read for, it is surprising that Jackson and company didn’t try to find a place for Bowie in the movie. Although there could have been an offer of another role that Bowie turned down. Perhaps we’ll hear Peter Jackson or someone in the casting department at the time tell what they know about the Bowie audition.
Via: The Huffinton Post