Actor Sean Astin starred in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings series as the Hobbit Samwise Gamgee, but he apparently wasn’t always guaranteed to play that role. Astin and other Lord of the Rings cast members recently spoke to Stephen Colbert for an Alamo Drafthouse event, and a few of these videos were shared with Esquire.
In one of the videos, Astin said he got the impression that he was being pigeon-holed into playing Sam when he might have had an opportunity to play a different character. Maybe that was true, but one part he was never in the running for was Aragorn.
“The way the agent and the Victoria Burrows the casting director were talking to me, all of a sudden I got this sense, like, ‘Wait a minute. Are you pigeon-holing me? Is this typecasting?” he said. “‘Who else could I be because this Aragorn guy looks really cool–he’s got a sword! Could I play Aragorn?’ And I remember them going, ‘No. No, you couldn’t play Aragorn.”