Years have passed, actually over a decade, but Lord Of The Rings stays to be one of the most iconic fantasy franchise we have witnessed. Frodo Baggins played by Elijah Wood, is a character we all loved. But what if we tell you that Spiderman: Far From Home actor Jake Gyllenhaal actually auditioned to play Frodo?
Yes, you read it right. In today’s Lord Of The Rings trivia, we tell you how Jake Gyllenhaal auditioned for the role of Frodo Baggins but never got shortlisted. It was labelled one of his worst audition.
It was during an episode of Jimmy Fallon’s, The Tonight Show, where Jake Gyllenhaal opened up about his LOTR audition story. He spoke how his team was so excited to have pitched an audition for the Lord Of The Rings franchise but forgot to tell him that the character had a British accent.
Jake said, “I remember auditioning for The Lord of the Rings and going in and not being told that I needed a British accent. I really do remember Peter Jackson saying to me, ‘You know that you have to do this in a British accent?’”
He also recalled how Lord Of The Rings director Peter Jackson literally called him the worst actor he had ever seen. “He literally turned to me and said, ‘You are the worst actor that I have ever seen.’ He said, ‘Did anyone tell you you were supposed to have an accent?’ I was like, ‘No!’ And he said, ‘Well, fire your agents,’” said Jake Gyllenhaal.
Well, that was a roller coaster of an audition. Imagine how Jake could have looked if he played Frodo. Nevertheless, Elijah Woods did the job perfectly!