11 actors who almost starred in the series “Lord of the Rings”

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the culture as Peter Jackson’s”Lord of the Rings“trilogy of films, beginning with the release of “The Fellowship of the Ring” on December 19, 2001. The films could have been vastly different, however, and not just because of an obvious executive already Hobbit kills people on the brain. Here are 11 actors who were almost cast in the fantasy blockbuster series


Technically, Stuart Townsend did it JRR Tolkienof Middle-earth, in the sense that he was actually cast as Aragorn – and rehearsed and trained for two months – only to be released the day before filming. According to the Star of the Rings, Dominic Monaghan, who played Merry:

“We didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to Stu [. . . ] We were all stunned. I didn’t think we could get fired at the time. I thought you were in. . . but it is not the case. And Sean [Astin] says ‘did he leave the project or was he fired?’ And I think they’re trying to protect Stuart as much as they can. They just said, ‘We’ll let Stuart tell you that, but he’s not with us anymore.’ We are unable to contact him. Email was very new at the time. He just disappeared. “

Townsend finally solved the problem in 2019, speech, “I really don’t have any sympathy for those people in charge. The director wanted me and then seemed to have thought better of it because he really wanted someone 20 years older than me and completely different. “

While Viggo Mortensen famously stepped into the role and spoke positively of the experience in the years that followed, he later admitted that he felt “awkward” replacing Townsend at the last minute, add, “I heard he’s a nice guy and I’m sorry that happened.”


One catch to Townsend’s version of Aragorn is that he’s too young to play the grizzly, somewhat world-weary Ranger and future King of Gondor. When he needed a new star for the franchise, Jackson turned to fellow New Zealander, Russell Crowe. Actor confirmed in an interview with Howard Stern that the deal, if it comes to fruition, will bring him 10% of total ancillary revenue, which is about $100 million. But he was stalled by a phone call with Jackson, where he got the impression that the director was “forced to talk to me, because there was a time when people wanted to have me in everything.” Crowe continued, “I was talking to him on the phone, like, I don’t think he even knew what I was doing. I just knew my instinct was that he had someone. in mind, it turned out to be Viggo [Mortensen]and he should be allowed to hire the actors he wants. “


The role of Aragorn was also assigned to a few more people. One of them – and one who may have given the series a different vibe – is the lovers’ conductor, Nicolas Cage. “There were different things happening in my life at that time that kept me from traveling and being away from home for three years,” Cage told Newsweek when moving a part down. “But the point is about [movies I could have starred in], I can see them. I can enjoy them as a spectator. I don’t really watch my own movies. And so I’m really enjoying watching these – especially with ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ “


The last actor – but perhaps the most intriguing – to be seriously considered for the role of Aragorn is Daniel Day-Lewis. Unfortunately, in the end, Day-Lewis’ feelings weren’t for each other. Jackson had apparently offered him the role on multiple occasions, all of which were explicitly rejected. The actor hasn’t talked about why he turned down the role, but he has been noted for simply not being interested in ever making a big-budget blockbuster, no matter who. sitting in the director’s chair.

“[This is] no disrespect to those movies or the people [who work on them], because there are people who need to make those movies and love to make those movies – they can be great entertainment for people who love to watch them – but not for me,” said actor about starring in blockbuster movies in 2009. “When I’m doing something, if I’m intrigued by it, I never get bored. I can’t get bored. If I find myself working on a movie and in Of course with that work I get bored, because I really don’t know what the hell I’m getting into, I find that incredibly frustrating. mentally and it might make me decide to pack my bags.”


Production company New Line Cinema offered Sean Connery 10 to 15 percent of the worldwide box office if he agreed to play Gandalf, an amount that could net the actor between $150 and $225 million. . Connery read the script and turned down the role on the grounds that he didn’t understand the complicated epic, Talk about it later, “Um, I never understood that. I read books, read scripts, watch movies. I still don’t get it. I would be interested in doing something I don’t fully understand, but not in 18 months. .”


Uma Thurman was offered – and turned down – the role of Éowyn, which she still jokes is “one of the worst decisions ever made.” It’s understandable, though: Thurman just had her first child, and she then told Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show” that she was “a little girl in the house” at the time. Referring to the 18-month shoot, Thurman said: “I don’t know, but it’s a real regret.”


In “The Lord of the Rings”, Éowyn ends up with Faramir, brother of fellow Council member Boromir and ultimately an ally of Gandalf and his Country. Taking on the role of Faramir is Ethan Hawke, Thurman’s husband. “Ethan is a huge fan of books and would love to be involved,” Jackson recalls. “Uma wasn’t sure and rightly so, because we’re rethinking how we saw Éowyn’s character as literally as we went. In the end, Ethan let it go – with some exemptions. forced.”


During the casting of Bilbo Baggins, Ian Holm took a big step due to the fact that Jackson admires his previous performance the role of Frodo Baggins in the radio adaptation of “The Lord of the Rings”. The runner-up for this role was “Which doctor?“star, Sylvester McCoy. He doesn’t mean to be overtaken, says Den of Geek, “Being with Ian Holm is wonderful.” In any case, McCoy made his way into the Tolkienverse years later, when he was cast as Radagast the Brown in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”.


Add Christopher Plummer to the list of actors who failed for his role in “Lord of the Rings”. . . except for the whole “must be in New Zealand long-term”. Plummer was offered the role of Gandalf, but turned it down, then told Conan O’Brien, “I don’t know why I turned it down. I thought, maybe, three or four years in New Zealand, [I thought there] are other countries that I also want to visit before wobbling! “


Sam Neill, along with the entire cast, was also considered for the role of Gandalf before eventually going to Ian McKellen. (Though it’s hard to imagine anyone other than McKellen as Gandalf now, even that casting was touching and a bit time consuming, due to Conflict planning for his role in the X-Men franchise.) New Zealander Neill said in a 2001 interview that Jackson “offered me a role in ‘Lord of the Rings’, but unfortunately I couldn’t do it because I have other commitments. I really like Peter and I’d love to work with him. When he does ‘Lord of the Rings 7,’ I’m ready for it.”


Actor Kevin Conway, whose long film and television career has included projects like “The Quick and the Dead,” “The Good Wife,” and “The Outer Limits,” has been offered the role. Théoden, but turned it down because of the long production schedule. Although Théoden is “a great part,” he say, “[they] want me to go out in January to New Zealand for six weeks, then go home, then come back for another six weeks, then go home again and then come back again for three months. I said, ‘Wow!’ The character is featured in two of the movies. It’s not worth it. He has a few good scenes, but the rest is fighting with armor and stuff. You could get a stuntman to do it, which they probably already did. But I really suffer about it. “

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Huynh Nguyen

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