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Adrien Brody felt stupid for turning down Lord of the Rings role


Actor Adrien Brody recalls playing a role in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, stating he was in line to play a Hobbit.

Adrien Brody opened up about passing on a role in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The first installment of Jackson’s adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s seminal work dates back almost two decades, and the film trilogy is now considered one of the most successful book-film adaptations of all time. Jackson continued his work to bring Middle-earth to the big screen, as the success of The Lord of the Rings trilogy prompted a follow-up adaptation of Tolkien The Hobbit.

Brody, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of WÅ‚adysÅ‚aw Szpilman in the critically acclaimed 2002 film The pianist, worked with Jackson several years later. The actor starred in Jackson’s King Kong remake in 2005, playing the first mate Jack Driscoll. Brody’s filmography also includes multiple collaborations with director Wes Anderson, acting in The Grand Hotel Budapest and Darjeeling Limited, and most recently, Brody appeared on television in Succession and Peaky Blinders. Brody will also appear in Netflix’s upcoming Marilyn Monroe biopic, Blond, in 2022.

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Now in an interview with GQ, Brody revealed he passed a role in Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. While the decision initially left the actor feeling “incredibly stupid” after seeing the movies he doesn’t think he would’ve been cast for Jackson’s King Kong if he had taken the role. Read Brody’s full comments below:

“They were casting Lord of the Rings, and I somehow didn’t get it. I don’t remember what role I would have been good for, but it was surely a hobbit-like character. I was looking for something else. And I remember going to see Lord of the Rings at the theater with an ex-girlfriend and she turned to me and said “have you lost Lord of the Rings?” I remember feeling so stupid!

Hobbits in Lord of the Rings and Amazon's LOTR City

Brody missed a role in a film trilogy that met with incredible commercial and critical success, but he still pursued an enviable acting career. Amazon Prime Video now joins the legacy of The Lord of the Rings by creating his own version of Tolkien’s work, but it won’t be a remake of the Jackson films. Instead, the adaptation will take place during the Second Age of Middle-earth, preceding the events of The Hobbit and Tthe Lord of the Rings trilogies. The adaptation will be a television series, and news of the cast has been multiplying and swift, most recently with the announcement that the Hobbits in the series will not be exclusively white. The show has already been ordered for a second season, and if there are any Hobbit roles left to fill, the show’s producers could do worse than check to see if Brody is available.

From the actor’s comments, it doesn’t appear that he regrets his decision, although appearing in the trilogy would certainly have changed the trajectory of his career in one way or another. It’s interesting to imagine how the movies could have been changed by having a different cast, and with Brody suggesting he would have played one of the four main Hobbits, they certainly would have been different. It’s hard to imagine Frodo, Sam, Merry or Pippin being played by different actors, but Brody surely would have brought something positive to one of the roles in The Lord of the Rings.

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Source: GQ

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