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. (more…)
Empire magazine is marking the tenth anniversary of The Lord of the Rings with a look back with the cast and crew. The article is described as:
The new issue is more bursting with revelry and nostalgia than a Friday night at the Prancing Pony. There’s tall tales – well, tallish tales – memories; behind-the-scenes pics from Aragorn himself, Viggo Mortensen; Oscar night reflections from Ian McKellen, Peter Jackson and Mortensen; and rarely-seen concept art.
Best of all, though, is a gathering of the four hobbits themselves: Elijah Wood (Frodo), Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee), Billy Boyd (Pippin) and Dominic Monaghan (Merry). It was so momentous it called for its own trailer – and here it is for your perusal pleasure. Sadly the Nazgûl got stuck in LA traffic.
The December issue comes out this Thursday and looks to be a fun read. Check out the promo video put together to promote the issue, it’s a hoot. What question would you want one of the hobbits to answer if given the chance?
In what is some strangely phenomenal bit of promotion for “the regional premiere of the acclaimed Irish bare-knuckle boxing documentary Knuckle” at this year’s Fantastic Fest, Elijah Wood challenged fellow former Hobbit, Dominic Monaghan to a debate followed by a round of boxing. Yes, you read that correctly, two hobbits fought each other. In a boxing ring.
What’s the dilemma of their debate? World of Warcraft. Wood hates it, Monaghan loves it.
Below is Wood’s challenge. Was he drunk when he made this video? It’s unsure. (But I’m going with yes. Most definitely, yes.)
Hah! I just about spit soda all over the screen at, “Where’s your Pippin now, bitch.”
Of course, Monaghan, not one to back down from a challenge, responded,
Then, in Austin, Texas the debate and subsequent boxing match went down. Who d’ya think would reign victorious? Of this Rumble in the Shire, who remains standing?
Ah, nuts. They settle their debate quite amicably and neither hobbit is knocked out. But whatever, if this fight was to go the whole nine yards, who would you pick to win?