"I was lucky enough to know his son now so just seeing him in person was pretty special to me," the actor said
As if the Lord of the Rings films weren’t good enough…just imagine them with David Bowie in them!
“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,” he told the Huffington Post. “You should wait around for 5 or 10 min. 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 it. 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.”
Though the Lost alum was convinced Bowie was reading the part of Gandalf, there was word going around that the legendary artist was auditioning for the part of Elrond, Lord of Rivendell, a part eventually played by Hugo Weaving.
In a 2001 EW cover story on LOTR, director Peter Jackson said he purposely chose unknown actors to play the parts instead of legends like Bowie.
“These are famous, famous characters, loved for nearly 50 years,” Jackson told EW in 2001. “To have a famous, beloved character and a famous star colliding is slightly uncomfortable.”