Actors who refused roles in Lord of the Rings
A decade and a half has passed since Peter Jackson brought the first of his Lord of the Rings films to the big screen, and in that time his trilogy has become so ingrained in popular culture that it is hard to imagine it with a different cast. Sir Ian McKellen immortalized the wizard Gandalf with three career-defining performances, and Viggo Mortensen proved an inspired choice as ranger-turned-king Aragorn, though neither man was anywhere near being first choice for the parts. In truth, precious few final cast members were top on Jackson's wishlist. If the director had gotten his own way, the landscape of Middle-earth he created would look very different today. From former Bonds to fantasy cult heroes, the following actors all refused huge roles in The Lord of the Rings.