20 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Lord of the Rings

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Jake Gyllenhaal Auditioned for Frodo

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Newmarket Films

Jake Gyllenhaal has had an incredibly successful career. He’s one of Hollywood’s best actors. Almost 20 years ago, he was still a fresh-faced kid looking to land the role of Frodo. Apparently, Jake didn’t do a great job at his audition, which may explain why he didn’t ultimately get the part.

Although he went on to have a much more illustrious career than Elijah Wood, the actor behind Frodo, it’s hard to see Jake in the part. Elijah is great in part because he’s able to play the sweetness and darkness in Frodo equally. Jake often feels much better as a menace than he is at sincerity.

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