David Bowie auditioned for Lord of the Rings


Following the death of David Bowie, more and more information has surfaced about his works in progress and his past projects. Up until his passing, the man was writing new songs. He has multiple posthumous albums set for release starting in 2017. James Gunn even mentioned they were trying to have Bowie make a cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

One of the interesting things that’s come up recently is that David Bowie did in fact audition for Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films, confirming some old rumors. Dominic Monaghan said the following to The Huffington Post:

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.

While Bowie would have made an excellent Gandalf (or anyone, really), Dennis DiClaudio of the AV Club guesses that he was most likely reading to play Elrond. The role wound up going to Hugo Weaving, who did a fine job, though I wonder what Bowie would have been like in the role. Ultimately, Bowie’s persona was too big for any role, so in almost any film he’s in, he wound up playing David Bowie.

So yeah, he would have been great.

[The Huffington Post via AV Club]
Hubert Vigilla
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