At last validating the IMDb trivia section of The Fellowship of the Ring, Dominic Monaghan has confirmed that the late David Bowie totally wanted to be in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
"I was at the Hubbard's, which is a pretty notorious casting agency office in London, doing an audition for Lord of the Rings," Monaghan recently told the Huffington Post. "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. And 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 Monaghan pegs Bowie for a Gandalf type, he is probably wrong about that. The internet has long suspected that the role Bowie was actually reading for was Elrond, the part that would eventually go to Hugo Weaving.
Bowie was obviously ethereally not-quite-human enough to play the half-elven Lord of Rivendell, but as EW has speculated, it's probably his celebrity that lost him the role. They note that, in a 2001 story they ran on The Lord of the Rings franchise, "director Peter Jackson said he intentionally picked relative unknowns like Weaving."
Sad that we didn't get one more unearthly performance from Bowie, but on the bright side, at least now we know the glitterati plight that "Fame" was definitely about.