Uma Thurman, known for her role in Kill Bill (among many, many others), continues to play a badass in Bravo’s new show, Imposters. The dark comedy follows a con artist with many different names (Inbar Lavi) as she seduces her marks and takes them for everything she can. Uma Thurman plays a ‘heavy’, named Lenny Khan, a woman capable of breaking a man’s arm without blinking.
Thurman appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert this week, promoting her role in the Bravo series, and talking about her upbringing, her children, her training… and the role that she was offered in Lord of the Rings.
Colbert asked Thurman if it was true that she turned down the part of Eowyn in Lord of the Rings. She responded to say that the timing just wasn’t right for her at that time:
“Yes. It was a very long time ago, and I do consider it one of the worst decisions ever made. But I had just had my first child, and I just – I don’t know, I was a little housebound… It’s really definitely a regret.”
Colbert is known for being a huge fan of Lord of the Rings, and this is far from the first time that he has talked about it on a late-night show. It’s understandable that Thurman would not have wanted to take a new baby to New Zealand for such a long production, however, so, as everyone knows, the part ended up going to Miranda Otto, who has recently appeared in 24: Legacy, and Homeland.
It would have been quite a treat to see Uma Thurman as Eowyn — and there is little doubt that she would have done a great job in the role. Badass women with swords are certainly in her wheelhouse, and that certainly describes the shieldmaiden of Rohan. Given the massive success of the franchise, it’s not too surprising that Thurman regrets that the timing simply didn’t work out, although it’s not unusual. Many actors have a role that they regret turning down — or regret taking.
Had Thurman decided to become Eowyn, that might have altered her career significantly, perhaps even her role in the Kill Bill movies, and that would be just as big a loss. The first Kill Bill came out the same year as The Return Of The King, and Thurman simply wouldn’t have been able to film those two huge projects at the same time. While it’s hard to imagine anyone but Otto as Eowyn now, this certainly would have been an interesting casting choice to see.