James Corden Nearly Became Star of Famous Movie Trilogy

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Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn (far left), Sir Ian McKellan as galdalf (middle), orlando bloom as legolas (right), sean astin as samwise gamgee (bottom left), elijah wood as frodo baggins (bottom middle), and dom monaghan as merry brandybuck (bottom right)

Credit: New Line Cinema

James Corden has certainly had his fill in the entertainment industry. He has appeared in numerous tv shows and movies throughout the years. Corden has also auditioned for even more roles, some of which he did not land–to fans’ benefit. 

The tv-personality began his rise to fame in stage shows. His big break occurred when he was cast in the play The History Boys at 26. A few years later, Corden won a Tony award for the best actor in Carlo Goldoni’s One Man, Two Guvnors

James Corden has hosted several award ceremonies and starred in many other television productions. He’s debatably gained most of his current popularity from his talk show on CBS in the United States. 

Brie Larson (left) and Samuel L. Jackson (right) with james corden carpool karaoke
Credit: James Corden Show / CBS

In 2015, the Tony winner took over The Late Late Show. The show combines comedic bits, interviews with celebrities, and hilarious games. One recent addition to the show was carpool karaoke. Iconic singers like Harry Styles, Adele, Ariana Grande, and Bruno Mars have joined James Corden’s music-filled car ride. 

While he’s gained some heavy traction for his talk show, James Corden has also had his share of flops in the entertainment business. 

Musical movies are sometimes a hit or miss. When Cats came to theaters in 2019, it was a gargantuan miss. The movie bombed terribly, in part to the unsettling CGI but also because of the poor casting choices.

The English entertainer played the leading feline, Bustopher Jones. Professional reviewers and musical lovers alike joined forces to criticize the selection. However, other roles would have been more detrimental for the talk show host to play.

Elijah Wood as Frodo (left) and Sean Astin as Samwise Gamgee (right) lord of the rings
Credit: New Line Cinema

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A recent podcast interview revealed that James Corden was almost cast in The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003). Wikipedia gives this brief description of the franchise:

“Set in the fictional world of Middle-earth, the films follow the hobbit Frodo Baggins as he and the Fellowship embark on a quest to destroy the One Ring, to ensure the destruction of its maker, the Dark Lord Sauron.”

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The Lord of the Rings (2001) was of his first auditions, and he tried out for Samwise Gamgee. Corden received two callbacks despite stating his audition was “not good.” 

The franchise would have been different if Sean Astin had not scored the role. Ultimately, he was bestowed the part of the gardening hobbit, and fans are thankful for it.

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