James Corden has revealed that his audition for a role in Lord of the Rings was "not good”.
The 44-year-old went for the role of Samwise Gamgee, who was famously played by Sean Astin in the trilogy.
The Late Late Show host recalled his disastrous experience, which happened at the start of his career, on the Happy Sad Confused podcast.
When host Josh Horowitz asked: "Is it true that one of your first auditions was for Lord of the Rings? How’d that go, James?’
He replied: "Not good. Every single person in London auditioned for Lord of the Rings. Everybody. I auditioned for Samwise and...
"I was doing the accent and everything," he said, before calling for Frodo in Samwise’s iconic accent.
"Two of my other friends went in," he continued.
"And then we all got called back the next day, and then we got called back the next day, and then none of us got called back after that."
Horowitz asked: "Are you able to watch the films to this day? Is there PTSD?"
To which Corden praised the franchise and replied: "No, I very much enjoyed those."
Following the chat, fans of the sci-fi films took to social media to share their relief he didn’t bag the role.
"Thank the film gods he never got cast. This would have spoiled it all!" one wrote on Instagram.
A second said: "He’s annoying. Glad he didn’t get it."
While a third commented: "I don’t even watch that trilogy and I’m still glad he never got cast."
The comedian has received a string of backlash over the past few months, including being banned for New York restaurant Balthazar for snapping at a server.