Arts & Entertainment

David Bowie Was Nearly In 'Lord Of The Rings', Until Producers Remembered 'Labyrinth'

He was up for playing Elrond, but memories of his time as creepy backcombed goblin Jareth kiboshed it
IMAGE Lucasfilm/New Line Cinema
Comments

David Bowie's acting career wasn't exactly predictableThe Man Who Fell To Earth, The Elephant Man, Zoolander, that two-minute cameo in Extrasbut it turns out that the rumors that he was up for a role in Lord of the Rings are, bizarrely, true.

The Huffington Post reports that the singer was an early shout to play Elrond, the Lord of Rivendella role taken by Hugo Weaving in the endbut that the memory of his turn as Labyrinth's codpieced ball juggler Jareth the Goblin King killed that idea stone dead.

Speaking at New York Comic-Con, Lord of the Rings writers Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh said that they were "quite keen" on Bowie as Elrond, but that the studio pushed back.

"I don’t think the studio were that keen at that point so we never did meet with him," Walsh said.

"I remember that conversation," Boyens said. "There was a little hesitancy there because Elrond and the Goblin King. I mean, you know, elves."

Rumors that Bowie was on the shortlist for a role in Lord of the Rings have done the rounds for a few years, though it was broadly assumed that he was in for Gandolf.

Dominic Monaghan, who played the hobbit Merry, said that he saw Bowie in the casting offices, while casting director Amy Hubbard said that while they were interested in casting Bowie he was "far too busy".

This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.ukMinor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

Comments
View More Articles About:
Comments
Latest Feed
 
Share
 
Share
 
Share
Everyone's favorite gory fighter is back.
 
Share
Marvel fans have noticed how Scott Lang has the answer to everything.
 
Share
 
Share
From dealing Yu-Gi-Oh cards and selling clothes, Gino Aldeguer Roque IV is now behind the country’s first student-versus-student, MMA-style tournament
 
Share
The Confidence Index also saw its biggest quarter-on-quarter drop since the survey started.
 
Share
But the difference won’t make your connection lightning fast.
 
Share
We bought items from the country's top online shopping sites to find out.
 
Share
There's so much to learn from the production cycle of a Gouache brand bag.
 
Share
The director also confirms the five-part miniseries that will follow the film.
 
Share
Kevin Hart is not the victim of his own controversy
Load More Articles
Connect With Us