Samwise would be memorably played by Sean Astin in the critically acclaimed film trilogy.
For many fans, the cast of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy has come to epitomize the iconic characters of JRR Tolkein’s epic: Ian McKellen as the wise Gandalf the Grey, Orlando Bloom and Viggo Mortensen as the dashing Legolas and Aragorn. and Sean Astin as the loyal, loving Samwise Gamgee. But Samwise could have been played by many different actors who auditioned for the films — including James Corden, who spoke about trying out the role on the Happy Sad Confused podcast.
Corden was asked about his audition by one of the hosts and confirmed that it was one of his first attempts at a Hollywood film when he first started out as an actor, adding that it was “not good”.
“Every single person in London auditioned for Lord of the Rings. All. I auditioned for Samwise. I did it! The accent and everything! ‘Mr. Frodo!'” Corden said on the podcast. “Two of my other friends went inside. And we all got called back the next day, and then we got called back the next day. And after that, none of us got called back!”
When asked if his failed audition had affected his enjoyment of the films, Corden joked that it didn’t until the final film, which featured scenes he auditioned with.
“I enjoyed it to the last, and then I was kind of like, ‘Oh, OK, I saw that now, I should have watched Love Actually,'” Corden said.
Corden finally gained the international recognition that Lord of the Rings could have offered when he began hosting the CBS show The Late Late Show in 2015, which he will be leaving next year. While he has yet to land a fantasy epic like Rings, he has also starred in films like Cats, Into the Woods, Cinderella, and Ocean’s 8. As for Astin, since his appearance in Lord of the Rings he has starred in Season 2 of the Netflix sci-fi hit Stranger Things and has appeared in films such as 50 First Dates and Click.
Listen to Corden’s interview on Happy Sad Confused below.
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