January 28, 2016


David Bowie Auditioned for 'Lord of the Rings' (He Should've Been Galadriel!)

Lester Cohen/WireImage
Lester Cohen/WireImage

Before he was Chahhlie on LOST, Dominic Monaghan was the intrepid and indefatigable Hobbit known as Merry in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. And on audition at Hubbard's, "a pretty notorious casting agency office in London," he rubbed elbows with a famous fellow, one David Bowie.

While waiting for notes on his own try-out, Monaghan experienced the following, as he recently told the Huffington Post:

“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.”

Bowie's far-ranging acting résumé—The Man Who Fell to Earth, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Basquiat, Labyrinth, Zoolander—and numerous musical personae never could have prepared us for him playing Mithrandir for, like, 10 hours of movie. Maybe Elrond, or Galadriel? Bowie as Galadriel! Or a Nazgul? Saruman?!

Two weeks after Bowie's death at the age of 69, reports arrived that 1986's Labyrinth will be remade, with Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman tackling the script. However, those reports were debunked.