Sean Astin’s performance as Samwise Gamgee represents the beating heart of Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. It’s an iconic performance for many fans, capped by Astin’s powerful Mount Doom speech in which Samwise tells Frodo, “I can’t carry it for you, but I can carry you!” Needless to say, Jackson’s “Rings” films would feel a lot different without Astin in the role. Perhaps that’s why “Lord of the Rings” fans are buzzing over James Corden’s recent revelation that he’s scouted the role of Samwise.
Corden appeared on the “Happy Sad Confused” podcast and if the rumor is true that “The Lord of the Rings” is one of his first major movie auditions. “Yeah,” Corden replied, adding that his audition “didn’t go well.”
“Every single person in London auditioned for ‘Lord of the Rings’. Everyone,” Corden said. “I auditioned for Samwise. I was doing it! Pronunciation and everything! ‘Mister Frodo!’
Corden added, “My other two friends went in, and the next day we all got called back, and then we got called back the next day. And then none of us got called back!
When asked if failing to get the part of Samwise affected his love of movies, Corden joked, “I ended up enjoying it, and then I was like, ‘Oh, okay, now I’ve seen it — I actually love it. ‘ Should have gone to see.
Although Corden dropped out of “The Lord of the Rings,” he would eventually find himself starring in major Hollywood studio tentpoles such as “Into the Woods,” “Ocean’s 8” and “Cats,” the latter of which was a notorious critical and box office hit. the office Boma Corden has been the host of CBS’ “The Late Late Show” since 2015.