ByElle McFarlane, writer at
'There's always someone younger and hungrier coming down the stairs after you.'
Elle McFarlane

We've all done things we regret, like choosing the members of Sum 41 as our style icons or dating the well known local psychopath, but these pale in comparison to the colossal error Uma Thurman made in turning down a major part in the Lord of the Rings movie franchise.

Redefining what it meant to give an epic, rich fantasy world from the pages of a novel the full Hollywood treatment and in the process create a legion of new fans, director Peter Jackson immortalized the works of J.R.R.Tolkein on the big screen. However, in a recent interview, Uma Thurman has revealed that she was offered a key role in the movie Series and she turned it down - a decision she regrets to this day.

Uma silently screams with bitter regret [Credit: Pirelli Calendar 2017]
Uma silently screams with bitter regret [Credit: Pirelli Calendar 2017]

"It Was One Of The Worst Decisions I Ever Made"

Appearing on the The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, host Stephen began the TV interview by stating that just before the Show started, he found out that Uma Thurman had turned down the role of Eowyn, a warrior of Rohan, in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and he wanted to clarify whether this was indeed true.

Without missing a beat Uma replied:

"It was a very long time ago, but I do consider it one of the worst decisions I ever made."

Uma Put Motherhood Before Her Career & Lived To Regret It

When asked just exactly why Uma had turned down the opportunity to play the renowned feminist icon and shieldmaiden she responded by stating it was a case of maternal duty overcoming reason:

"I had just had my first child, and I just, I don't know. I was just housebound."

Stephen then probed her a little more, wondering if maybe it was more than just the fact that Uma didn't feel ready to take on the role, and that it was also the prospect of 'dragging' her child down to New Zealand for 3 years that put her off. She responded:

"Yeah, it was all a little bit unknown for me, but it was definitely a regret!"


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