The actor said he regretted it when he went to see the first film with an ex-girlfriend.
“She turned to me and she said, ‘You passed on ‘Lord of the Rings?’” he said in a video interview with the magazine, published last Thursday. “I remember feeling so stupid.”
He said he didn’t recall what part the director, Peter Jackson, had in mind for him, but it “was some hobbit-like character.”
Brody, however, wasn’t interested.
“I was looking for something else,” he said.
While he missed out on “The Lord of the Rings,” Brody did end up in Jackson’s 2005 “King Kong” film ― a role he believes he wouldn’t have gotten if he had been a hobbit.
And that had its own benefit.
“My face was immortalized on a McDonald’s soda cup,” he said. “When does that happen for anyone?”
See more in his GQ video interview:
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.