Dominic Monaghan has confirmed that yes, late music legend David Bowie once auditioned for a part in director Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. But perhaps not for the role you’d think.
Before playing fan favorite Charlie Pace on Lost, Monaghan came to the attention of the whole of geekdom as Hobbit Meriadoc “Merry” Brandybuck, one of Frodo’s (Elijah Wood) best friends -- as well as a distant cousin -- and one of the nine companions in the Fellowship of the Ring.
Back when the actor auditioned for the role, Monaghan spotted Bowie going in to read for a part. Now, having played the very elven-looking Goblin King on Labyrinth, one would think Bowie went in to audition for Elrond (who was played by Hugo Weaving in the movies), but that’s not what Monaghan thinks.
Here’s what he told 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," He continued, "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.”
Of course, this is not an official confirmation that Bowie actually read for the part of Gandalf, who was wonderfully played by Sir Ian McKellen in both the LOTR and Hobbit trilogies. But what say you? Do you believe it’s more likely David Bowie went in for Gandalf or Elrond?
(via Huffington Post)