David Bowie’s best known on screen for playing the Goblin King, but according to Lord of the Rings star Dominic Monaghan, he auditioned for a Middle Earth role too!
In an interview with the Huffington Post regarding his nature program, Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan, Monaghan (aka Meriadoc Brandybuck, one half of the troublemaking hobbit duo Merry and Pippin) revealed that he ran into Bowie in the casting agency after his audition!
“I was at the Hubbard’s, which is a pretty notorious casting agency office in London, doing an audition for Lord of the Rings,” Monaghan said. “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 five or 10 mins. We’ll give you some feedback. I thought, ‘Oh, Okay, 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,” Monaghan continued. “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.”
In an interview with EW way back in 2001, director Peter Jackson defended his casting choices by saying that he picked relatively unknown actors for the roles on purpose: “These are famous, famous characters, loved for nearly 50 years,” Jackson said. “To have a famous, beloved character and a famous star colliding is slightly uncomfortable.”
That’s fair enough … but Bowie would have made a great elf, right?!
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