No one felt more foolish while watching Peter Jackson‘s The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in 2001 that Adrien Brody. In an interview with GQ, where he looks back on some of his most iconic roles, Brody reveals that he turned down a role in the epic fantasy franchise.
“I remember going to see The Lord of the Rings at the theater with an ex-girlfriend. And she turned to me and said, ‘You passed away The Lord of the Rings?! ‘ », Remembers Brody in the video. “I remember feeling so stupid. But I don’t think I would’ve got the part of Jack in Peter’s [King Kong]. I don’t think it would have translated.
Brody reveals he searched the bag when analyzing his performance as Jack Driscoll in by Jackson King Kong (2005). Brody, who is 6’1, says he’s not sure what his character would have been LOTR—but maybe it was a larger than average hobbit.
“I didn’t get it, somehow,” Brody admits. “I don’t know what role I would have been good for, but he was a Hobbit-like character. I was looking for something else.
It would be a few more years before Brody worked with the director on King Kong. The three hour gorilla drama went pretty well and as a result Brody got his face imprinted on McDonald’s cuts for a while.
“We had a premiere in Times Square and they shut down all of Times Square,” he says. “The mayor was there and showed us around the city. It was a big deal. My face was immortalized on a mug of McDonald’s soda. When does this happen to someone? “
In the end, everything seems to have gone well for the Oscar winner who, after lowering the LOTR part, immediately starred in Roman Polanski’s film The pianist. The actor will soon appear in a guest role in the third season from HBO Succession. He also goes Star in Wes Anderson’s upcoming feature film, The French dispatch.