David Bowie once auditioned for a role in Lord Of The Rings, according to actor Dominic Monaghan.
Monaghan – who portrayed hobbit Meriadoc ‘Merry’ Brandbuck in the movie franchise – seemingly confirmed rumours that Bowie tried out for 2001 film The Fellowship of the Ring, in a new interview with 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… As I was reading a magazine waiting, David Bowie came in and signed his little list and went in.”
As for what role Bowie went for, Monaghan added: “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 [am] lucky enough to know his son [film director Duncan Jones] now, so just seeing him in person was pretty special to me.”
Despite Monaghan’s suggestion that Bowie wanted to play Gandalf, Huffington Post cite differing fan theories that the star had actually been after the role of half-elven Elrond.
It has also been suggested that director Peter Jackson was reluctant to cast such a high-profile star as it might have distracted from the film’s premise.
Jackson told Entertainment Weekly in 2001 that he favoured newcomers over established actors.
“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.”
Away from music, Bowie also enjoyed a successful and varying acting career, starring in Labyrinth, The Last Temptation of Christ and The Prestige.
David Bowie passed away earlier this month (January 10) after a 18 month battle with cancer.
Iggy Pop is among the stars to pay tribute to the late singer, recently describing what he learned from working with Bowie.