David Bowie’s career on the big screen included playing Jareth the Goblin King in 1986’s The Prestige; alien Thomas Jerome Newton in 1976’s ; a vampire in 1983’s The Hunger; and pop artist in 1996’s Basquiat. And now, it seems, we almost got to see the music icon play Rorschach in the 2009 Watchmen movie.; real-life inventor in 2006’s
Alan Moore — who co-created the Paperback Writers: Graphic Content this week that when director Terry Gilliam was planning to make a movie version of Watchmen, he told Moore Bowie asked to play the role of Rorschach.with artist — revealed on the BBC interview series
The character Rorschach, known also as Walter Kovacs, is a ruthless masked vigilante who seeks to punish all criminals, no matter what. When it comes to evil, he only believes in black and white — there is no gray. His mask displays a constantly morphing inkblot that looks like common designs in , hence his nickname.
Gilliam eventually dropped the project and director Zack Synder was brought on board to make his own version of the in 2009.
Ironically, Bowie would appear in Snyder’s movie… sort of. Actor J.R. Killigrew plays a version of David Bowie in a scene set outside nightclub Studio 54 in 1977. So while Bowie isn’t technically in the Watchmen movie, his name is.
Instead of Bowie, actor Jack Earle Haley was cast to play Rorschach in the Watchmen movie. “There’s an alternate world we can only imagine,” Moore said in the interview.
For now, fans will have to be satisfied with the Bowie-less, which premieres on HBO on Oct. 20.