David Bowie once auditioned for a role in the “Lord of the Rings.” A lot of stories about the iconic musician have emerged since he died nearly two weeks ago from cancer, but a string of surprising facts about Bowie keep popping up.
According to USA Today, Bowie possibly auditioned for the part of Gandalf the Grey. Dominic Monaghan, who played Merry the Hobbit in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, claims Bowie tried out for a part in the film.
Monaghan surmised that when he saw Bowie at a London casting agency, he assumed it was for the role of Gandalf because he couldn’t imagine what else he was reading for.
Monaghan told 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’, 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. 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.”
According to the article, it was possible David Bowie was auditioning for another role in “Lord of the Rings” … the one of Elrond.
No one is certain what part David Bowie was auditioning for in “Lord of the Rings,” but there’s no doubt he would’ve been a great addition to the cast had he been selected.