A casting director for the Lord Of The Rings trilogy has dismissed rumours that David Bowie auditioned for the part of Gandalf.
Dominic Monaghan – who played hobbit Merry Brandybuck - appeared to confirm fan rumour in an interview with the Huffington Post, explaining that he saw Bowie enter the casting building.
“I was at the Hubbard’s, which is a pretty notorious casting agency office in London, doing an audition for Lord of the Rings,” Monaghan told The Huffington Post. “As I was reading a magazine waiting, David Bowie came in and signed his little list and went in.”
Monaghan continued: “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 (am) lucky enough to know his son (film director Duncan Jones) now, so just seeing him in person was pretty special to me.”
Sadly, casting director Amy Hubbard has dismissed this, explaining that David Bowie couldn't make the film shoot work around his schedule. “He was unavailable,” Hubbard told The Huffington Post, adding: “I do believe that (David Bowie) went over and played for everybody at the Millennium party. That would’ve been New Year’s Eve in the year 1999, which was when the films were being shot. He went over and entertained everybody, but he never auditioned. That’s for sure.”
She added: “We approached him. I’m pretty sure it was Peter Jackson’s idea in the first few weeks that we got going. It was one that he’d always wondered about, and we rang Chris (Andrews, Bowie’s agent), and (Bowie) was far too busy.”