The Swedish star - who played DEATH in Ingmar Bergman's classic THE SEVENTH SEAL - wanted a role in Potter and the LORD OF THE RINGS - but was turned down because he wasn't British.
Von Sydow, 74, had phoned his agent only to be told all the parts on the films were going to British actors.
He adds, "And the same thing happened with the Lord of The Rings. I rang my agent but they had to be British actors.
"I have always loved legends, especially British ones. I love TOLKIEN."