Eddie Redmayne showed off his funny on The Graham Norton Show on Saturday, Jan. 3, where he appeared alongside Anna Kendrick and Liam Neeson. While the newly wed is garnering tons of Oscar buzz for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, there’s one role he didn't land: Bilbo Baggins.
During the interview, Norton jokingly pointed out that half of the United Kingdom seemingly appears in the Lord of the Rings franchise – except for Eddie Redmayne. And now we know why!
Turns out the 32-year-old actor auditioned for The Hobbit but failed to get a callback. Martin Freeman eventually got the part.
“They were auditioning for The Hobbit and I was sent in on an audition for Bilbo Baggins, which shows they were really casting the net wide. I went to this audition and I’d been really rigorous about it. I didn't want to do just my usual boring thing and so I went on YouTube and I found Ian Holm who played it in Lord of the Rings and I tried to copy his character,” Eddie shared before reenacting the performance he gave during his audition.
Watch the video above to see the funny moment – and to see how Anna Kendrick perfectly reacts!
While he failed to land a role in The Hobbit, 2015 is already shaping up to be an incredible year for Redmayne.
Redmayne played it cool when ET asked him about the award season buzz, noting that Stephen Hawking’s real-life approval of his work in the movie was what he wanted most.
“When he saw the film, and his family saw the film and they approved -- to me, that was the greatest compliment I could have hoped for,” he told ET. “And the fact that audiences and people seem to be enjoying it makes me incredibly happy, and I’m lucky for it.”
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