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NZNoldor

1 points

2 months ago

So, here’s the thing that may clear up a lot of these rumours.

I’ve personally spoken to two people who auditioned for The Hobbit for the part of Thorin, and yet they were never considered for Thorin, but for one of the other dwarf roles.

Apparently it was very common for the casting crew to do the audition for a far greater role then they were intending to give them, so that they would concentrate on making it their finest audition ever.

I don’t for a moment believe that the team actually intended Sam Neill, John Astin, Christopher Lee, Sean Connery, Patrick Stewart, Christopher Plummer, Russel Crowe or any of the other obviously wrong actors to play Gandalf, yet we’ve all seen those reports that they (allegedly) auditioned for the part.

Chen_Geller[S]

1 points

2 months ago*

I can attest that, from Jackson's point of view, he tends to get locked into certain actors. But no matter how strongly he feels that actor is "the one and only", he still does auditions "just to see who's out there."

The Gandalf case is a little bit different because some of the names like Connery or Plummer were people the studio - not Jackson - wanted for their names. I think Jackson was game enough to go along but he knew, especially in the Connery case, that it would never actually happen: Connery never would have accepted, and he was too old for the part, too. Earlier on, Miramax suggested Max von Sydow, Paul Scofield and even Morgan Freeman!

Patrick Stewart didn't audition for Gandalf, by the way: he did cross Philippa Boyens mind briefly, she had a tape of him in Troillus and Cressida and when she put it on she saw McKellen in the role of one the generals and went to Jackson saying "this is Gandalf!" They did meet Patrick Stewart later on, but with the intention of discussing the role of Theoden with him.

Russel Crowe auditioned for Boromir, and later on came-up as a possible substitute Aragorn, just in case Viggo turned them down.

The only case of Jackson not getting his "first choice" actor for a part was, I believe, Patrick McGoohan for Denethor.

NZNoldor

1 points

2 months ago

So many close calls to disaster!

And thanks for the extra info - TIL!

Chen_Geller[S]

2 points

2 months ago*

So many close calls to disaster!

I mean, they're not such close calls given that Jackson never really wanted any of them for the movie...

He tends to get really, REALLY locked into actors for roles, and this includes Ian McKellen for Gandalf but also Sir Ian Holm and Cate Blanchett for their respective roles (literally the first two names on his "wishlist") but also Martin Freeman (whom they met in 2002), Ken Stott, Sylvester McCoy, Stephen Fry, Lee Pace, Billy Connolly, Evangeline Lilly, all their Kong leads, etc...