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James Corden auditioned to be in Lord of the Rings

Ali Condon

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James Corden auditioned to be in Lord of the Rings

James Corden has revealed that he once auditioned to be in the legendary Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

The Late Late Show host spilled that, when news of a Lord of the Rings film first broke, almost everyone in London came down to audition - including himself.

James had been hoping to play the part of Samwise Gamgee, Frodo's loyal best friend who joins him on his quest across Middle-earth.

Of course, fans will know that the role of Samwise eventually went to US actor Sean Astin, meaning James's best efforts weren't exactly successful.


Opening up about the failed audition, James told film buff Josh Horowitz that it was 'not good'.

"Every single person in London auditioned for Lord of the Rings - everybody," he explained.

"I auditioned for Samwise, and it was sort of... I was doing the accent and everything, 'Mr Frodo'."


"Two of my other friends went in [after me] and then we all got called back the next day.

"And then we got called back the next day, and then none of us got called back the day after that."

Thankfully, despite unsuccessful audition, James's experience of the Lord of the Rings trilogy hasn't been tainted in any way.

"I very much enjoyed those," he insisted.

James Corden once auditioned for Lord of the Rings. Credit: CBS
James Corden once auditioned for Lord of the Rings. Credit: CBS

People have had a pretty mixed reaction to this revelation - while some would love to have seen James in middle-earth, others are glad it never came to be.

"Oh I would love to see his audition," commented one fan.

"Ha that's amazing," wrote a second.


"I would like to say a big thanks to the casting agent who saw James Corden audition for Lord Of The Rings... and said no," joked a third.

But, you shouldn't feel too sorry for James.

After the heartache of missing out on LOTR, James went on to have one of the biggest careers in the business.

Just a few years after that audition, James co-starred in his own BBC Three series Gavin & Stacey, which he wrote with Ruth Jones.


The sitcom went on to win James a number of BAFTAs and sky-rocketed the actor's career.

James has since gone on to star in films like Gulliver's Travels, One Chance, Into The Woods, Peter Rabbit, Trolls, Yesterday, Cats, and The Prom - to name but a few.

He has hosted the Brit Awards, the Grammys and the Tony Awards and, since 2015, has been hosting US late-night talk show The Late Late Show.

Yeah, he'll be just fine.

Featured Image Credit: Shutterstock/New Line Cinema

Topics: James Corden, Lord Of The Rings, Celebrity, TV and Film

Ali Condon
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