James Corden Auditioned to Play Sam in The Lord of the Rings


James Corden at the 2019 HFPA Annual Grants Banquet.

Picture: Jordan Strauss/Invision (AP)

Peter Jackson’s authentic Lord of the Rings films are acclaimed to today for a lot of causes, with its solid chief amongst them. It’s the sequence that helped introduce audiences to longtime actors such because the late Christopher Lee or Ian McKellan, and drastically boosted the profile of relative unknowns like Orlando Bloom or Elijah Wooden. Now think about that solid is essentially the identical, besides as a substitute of Sean Astin within the position of Frodo Baggins’ longtime BFF Samwise Gamgee, it’s present late evening discuss present host James Corden.

That’s a future we might’ve gotten, at the least based on Corden himself. In a latest episode of the “Pleased Unhappy Confused” podcast, the UK actor addressed the longstanding rumors that New Line Cinema’s 2000s fantasy epic was one of many first appearing roles he pursued. “Each single particular person in London auditioned for Lord of the Rings,” he stated. “I auditioned for Samwise. I used to be doing it! The accent and every little thing! ‘Mr. Frodo!’” He added that he and two of his mates received callbacks, twice, however finally weren’t contacted once more after that.

Since he didn’t seize the position of Sam, Corden’s actual breakout position would wind up being the Baker in Disney’s 2014 adaptation of Into the Woods. He was fairly upfront about saying his Sam audition was “not good,” however in any other case holds no actual unhealthy blood about getting handed over. “I loved it till the final one [Return of the King],” he joked, “after which I used to be form of like, ‘Oh, okay, I’ve seen this now — I ought to’ve gone to see Love Really.”

It’s…bizarre to consider Corden being in that position, to be trustworthy, nevertheless it makes you surprise about what would’ve spawned from that if he had landed the half. Would he nonetheless have wound up a late evening discuss present host who sometimes reveals up in a random film? Would Astin proceed to voice Shazam in animated DC films or be in Stranger Issues? Perhaps it’s for the very best that issues labored out the way in which they did?

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