When England played the USA in the World Cup last month it was a standing joke that whoever lost had to keep James Corden. It was a dour 0-0 tie, so both sides retained joint custody of the chubby chat show host and actor. He’s been getting around a bit, too.

It was revealed last week that Corden auditioned for the role of Samwise Gamgee in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The part eventually went to Sean Astin. It turns out that wasn’t his only near miss.



In an interview with Deadline, Corden confirmed that he auditioned for, and got, the role of Charlie in The Whale. This was several evolutions of the property ago, from a time when fashion designer and some time director Tom Ford (A Single Man, Nocturnal Animals) was in the directors chair to adapt the stage play into a movie.

Ford dropped out and was briefly replaced by George Clooney, who wanted to cast a real 600lb unknown actor in the role, so Cordon departed. Eventually Darren Aronofsky came on board and cast Brendan Fraser.


Corden went on to host The Late Late Show and appeared in movies such as Into The Woods, Cats, The Prom and Yesterday. He also has a new series of Mammals coming on Netflix.

Corden rose to prominence first in the UK when he co-wrote and co-starred with Welsh actress Ruth Jones in Gavin & Stacey, for which he won the BAFTA Television Award for Best Comedy Performance. The well-loved comedy show ran from 2007 to 2010 and had several one-off specials.

As a presenter and talk show host, Corden has been nominated for 22 Primetime Emmy Awards, winning 9 in total, including for The Late Late ShowCarpool Karaoke and hosting the 70th Tony Awards.

Corden will exit The Late Late Show in mid-2023.

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