I sometimes wonder what The Lord of The Rings films would have been like if different actors had been cast in the roles. And though I haven’t seen The Hobbit films yet, I have become comfortable with the actors playing my favorite characters, even though only months ago, I may have been crossing my fingers for a different choice.
Tom Hollander, of Pirates of the Caribbean and Pride and Prejudice fame, recently revealed that he auditioned for Frodo and Bilbo. “I was one of the first actors in London to be seen for Frodo ten years ago,” he said. “I didn’t get it, obviously. The right size, but too handsome apparently. Last year I was one of the last actors to be seen for Bilbo Baggins, when it looked as if Martin Freeman wouldn’t be released from Watson. Again, I was a good size for it, but once more, too symmetrical facially. That’s what my agent said, anyway.”
Even though his good looks kept him from both of these movie franchises, he has acted in films with some top-notch Hobbit actors. He can be seen alongside Cate Blanchett in the recent film, Hanna, as well as Elizabeth: The Golden Age. He played the evil Cutler Beckett to Orlando Bloom’s Will Turner in both Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End. And he shared screen time with Aidan Turner, who will play Kili, in Desperate Romantics.