Was David Bowie almost cast to play Gandalf?

Turns out the rumors are true: David Bowie did audition for the Lord of the Rings. Actor Dominic Monaghan, who played the hobbit Merry in the series, says that he saw Bowie at the casting office while he was in London auditioning.

“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 five or 10 min. We’ll give you some feedback,’” Monaghan said. “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. I’m assuming he read for Gandalf. I can’t think of anything else he would’ve read for.”

Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson has also hinted that Bowie auditioned — except he indicated that it was for the role of Elrond, not Gandalf. In anEntertainment Weekly interview in 2001, Jackson seemingly dropped the reason that Bowie ultimately didn’t appear in the trilogy. “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.”

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Lorde is among the music superstars who was touched by David Bowie’s music, and on Monday afternoon (Jan. 11), the New Zealand teenager reflected on the transformative power of meeting Bowie in a moving Facebook post.

That night something changed in me - i felt a calmness grow, a sureness. I think in those brief moments, he heralded me into my next new life, an old rock and roll alien ★ngel in a perfect grey suit.

I realized everything I’d ever done, or would do from then on, would be done like maybe he was watching.

I realized I was proud of my spiky strangeness because he had been proud of his.

I wanted to share with y'all my tattoo wish list (so far i dont have any)

I think it’d be cool to get all the different Cheshire Cats in a circle on the back of my hip (original drawing on top, disney @ 3oclock, anerican mcgee at 6 oclock, tim burton at 9 oclock) and then i’d fill in the other 4 slots as new cheshire cats crop up
I want the neato version of the “always” there the a is thendeathly hallows and the l is the lightning bolt and the w is the quidditch goals and so on
I want the Jabberwock poem on my right side-calf
I want the jabberwock drawing on my left side-calf (is there a name for that part of your leg?)
I want the One Ring w/ inscription on my wedding ring finger
I want the symbol for the Looking Glass Wars (awesome books, go read them) on my inner right wrist
I want my dad’s name across my heart
I want some quotes from Kingdom Hearts around the Heartless and Nobody symbols
“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” Probably on my bicep or something
Minas tirith tree maybe on my foot or near my belly button
“It’s only forever, not long at all 1947-2016” with a white owl with mismatched eyes sitting in front of a black star on my shoulder
I want the treble cleff and bass cleff heart on my inner right ankle
I want Jack Skellington on my left outer ankle and Emily from Corpse Bride on my right outer ankle
I want “Remember remember the 5th of November, the gun powder treason and plot,i know of no reason the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot” around the V in the circle from V for Vendetta on the top of my thigh
The fallout boy maybe on a hip or something. Maybe. Maybe a deathclaw instead. Oh wait no. A deathclaw and the balrog of mordor next to each other on my tramp-stamp area. Yeah.

I dont know where I wanna start. I have absolutely 0 idea and im a huge wuss to top it off so i know more than half of these are def gonna make me cry. Just getting my eyebrow pierced nearly killed me.


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What if David Bowie had played Elrond?

“It’s long been rumored that David Bowie wanted a part in Lord of the Rings; director Peter Jackson reportedly turned him down for the part of Elrond, the elf king, because he was too famous in his own right. It seems the rumors were true: In a new interview with Huffington Post, cast member Dominic Monaghan, who played the hobbit Merry, says he spotted Bowie in the casting agency’s office after his audition.”

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According to a Hobbit, David Bowie Almost Played Gandalf in ‘Lord of the Rings’

David Bowie always seemed like a character from another world, and he almost had the chance to play a major figure in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.

Actor Dominic Monaghan, who played the hobbit Merry in the series, explained to the Huffington Post that he was waiting around after his own audition when this happened: “As I was reading a magazine waiting, David Bowie came in and signed his little list and went in [to audition]. And I’m assuming he read for Gandalf. I can’t think of anything else he would’ve read for.”

Previously, it was rumored that Bowie was circling the role of the elf king, Elrond, but was turned down due to being too famous. It’s possible that his audition for the wizard Gandalf – who was played by Ian McKellen - met the same fate.

But Bowie did achieve cult status in his 1986 fantasy film Labyrinth. Rumors of a remake in the wake of the singer’s death have been dispelled, but a prequel or sequel is not out of the question.

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