TV Chef Jamie Oliver Regrets Turning Down 'Lord of the Rings' Role
"I really wanted to do it. I would have got right into it as well"
TV chef Jamie Oliver has revealed he once turned down a role in the Lord of the Rings, reports the Guardian.
The Naked Chef made the admission during the recording of his new Channel 4 series, Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast. He said that Rings director Peter Jackson had in 2001 offered to fly him to New Zealand and give him a cameo part playing a hobbit in The Return of the King, the final part of the Rings trilogy
Jackson made the offer in exchange for Oliver cooking for the director's birthday. "I got phoned up by the exec producer and asked did I want to go and cook for Peter Jackson’s birthday, the big birthday," he said.
Oliver turned down the offer because of prior work commitments but said it was "the worst thing that happened to me."
"I really wanted to do it. I would have got right into it as well. I would have taken the costume home and said 'Jools, let's make love!' " he added.
Oliver's new six-part series, Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast, is due to be screened in the U.K. on Jan. 2, and will feature celebrity guests including Hugh Bonneville, Tinie Tempah and Michael Sheen.