J.R.R. Tolkien refused to allow The Beatles to make a “Lord of the Rings” film.
CNN reported that The Beatles wanted to act in a LOTR movie, but John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, the famous author of “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, refused to allow it. They wanted to make a 1960s film of “Lord of the Rings”, with John as Gollum and George as Gandalf, but Tolkien had something else in mind. He was also offended by the “indescribable noise” produced by a Beatles member practicing “in a house three doors away,” as documented in a 1964 letter to Christopher Bretherton, meaning he was likely unwilling to turn over his masterpiece to the hands of people he found so irritating.
Paul McCartney came across LOTR’s director Peter Jackson in 2002 and told him about the Beatles’ long-standing desire to star in the movie. Peter Jackson explained that Tolkien never liked the idea of the Beatles starring in the movie adaptation of his books, so they couldn’t fulfill their wish.
What do you think? Do you think the Beatles could have played the main characters successfully? Or was Tolkien right in his decision to keep them out of the production?