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One of the most surprising inclusions in Abby McGanney Nolan's list, The Worst Movies Never Made, for Slate is 'Lord of the Rings' starring -- are you ready? -- The Beatles:
It's widely known that the road to filming Lord of the Rings—first published in 1954—was nearly as long and torturous as Frodo's journey to Mount Doom. Early on, Tolkien stated a preference for the "vulgarization" of an animated version over the "sillification" of a dramatization. According to Roy Carr's The Beatles at the Movies, talks were once in the works for a Beatle-zation—with John Lennon wanting to play Gollum, Paul McCartney Frodo, George Harrison Gandalf, and Ringo Starr Sam. Collaborating with director John Boorman, screenwriter Rospo Pallenberg thought the Beatles should play the four hobbits (and agreed with McCartney that he would be the ideal Frodo).
Wow. I need a second to catch my breath. That would have been...words fail me.
The rest of the rundown makes a pretty good snack.