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David Bowie auditioned for Lord of the Rings

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David Bowie auditioned for Lord of the Rings

David Bowie auditioned for 'Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring', one of the stars of the movie has confirmed.

Dominic Monaghan - who played Meriadoc Brandybuck in film trilogy - has recalled seeing the late singer, who passed away aged 69 this month, arrive at a casting agency to try out for a role in the motion picture.

He said: "I was at the Hubbard's, which is a pretty notorious casting agency office in London, doing an audition for 'Lord of the Rings,' and when it ended I went over and talked to John Hubbard, who was running the audition, and he said, 'Hey, it went really well. You should wait around for 5 or 10 mins. We'll give you some feedback.'

"I thought, 'Oh, OK, cool', and I sat in the reception office. As I was reading a magazine waiting, David Bowie came in and signed his little list and went in."

The 39-year-old actor isn't sure which part in the film David - who played the Goblin King in 1986 movie 'Labyrinth' - was auditioning for, but assumes it must have been for the role of wizard Gandalf, which eventually went to Sir Ian McKellen.

Speaking to The Huffington Post, he added: "I'm assuming he read for Gandalf. I can't think of anything else he would've read for.

"He may have read for something else, but I'm a huge David Bowie fan, and I was lucky enough to know his son now so just seeing him in person was pretty special to me."

While Dominic believes the 'Starman' hitmaker was trying out for Gandalf, online reports and rumours have suggested Bowie actually auditioned for the role of Lord Elrond, who was portrayed by Hugo Weaving in the film.