But as it turns out, Bowie was ALSO ALMOST AN AWESOME WIZARD!
Believe it or not, while we all think of Sir Ian McKellan as the perfect Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, the part could have gone in a totally different direction. That’s right: David Bowie almost played Gandalf in the famed trilogy.
What? How?? What??!
Earlier this year, LOTR actor Dominic Monaghan recounted a run-in at a casting agency with the legend right after his own audition for the part of Meriadoc Brandybuck.
Fast forward to now, Lord of the Rings casting director Amy Hubbard spoke to The Huffington Post in celebration of The Fellowship of the Ring’s 15th anniversary. She revealed that director Peter Jackson was indeed interested in casting Bowie as Gandalf. But because of Bowie’s crazy schedule, he never had time to audition, and the part went to Ian McKellen.
“He was unavailable,” Hubbard told The Huffington Post. “It was a very quick conversation with the legendary Chris Andrews at CAA.”
Bowie was too busy being Bowie, and we’re pretty sure the world understands. Plus, we can’t imagine Lord of the Rings without McKellen.