Peter Jackson's subpar Hobbit trilogy only makes the Lord of the Rings films look better by comparison, but imagine for a moment if David Bowie had played Elrond, Lord of Rivendell. Hugo Weaving did a great job in the role, but can you even imagine if David Bowie had played that role instead? Well, according to one of the stars of the original trilogy, it almost happened.
In a new interview with The Huffington Post (link below), Dominic Monaghan revealed that when he was at a London casting office auditioning for the role of Merry—which he eventually nabbed—he saw David Bowie walk in, sign the list to audition, and walk in to meet with Peter Jackson.
"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."
While Bowie as Gandalf would have been fantastic as well, something tells me he skews more Elvish. What Culture verified that Bowie did indeed meet with Jackson to discuss playing the role of Elrond, but Jackson felt his star power would "overshadow the rest of the cast." Fuck that noise, Jackson. How dare you. While we don't know the full story, and Bowie may indeed have turned the role down, I kinda wish I lived in the alternate universe where it was Bowie who formed the Fellowship.
Via Huffington Post