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I like Ricky Gervais, though I haven't seen too much of him. I think he could pull off some of the light-hearted parts of Bilbo, though I don't know how he'd handle the more serious scenes. He strikes me as capable though. 8-)
Stephen Rea???? Watch V for Vendetta then proffer some thoughts.

[b:3f8sd3oi]GB[/b:3f8sd3oi]
*makes another note on my list of reasons to watch V for Vendetta* 8-)
Sephen Rea is a good one GB. I'm a huge fan of V and the police bits with him in it are some of my fav bits yet I never thought of him for the role. duh! He'd be excellent, I reckon he could manage the shifts between comic and serious very well. And he has that sense of a person who'd like to go on an adventure, but just not right now, making him perfect for Bilbo!
Seems like everyone is waiting.

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I personally think that Iain Holm should play Bilbo, I mean if they can make Brad Pitt look really old in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" then they can defenently male Iain Holm look younger in "The Hobbit".

Just a thought.
Welcome to the forum, BilboBaggins! A fitting name; congratulations on nabbing it. <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' />

I believe they did make Mr. Holm look younger for the prologue scene in FotR, though if it was anything like the makeup/prosthetic processes used for other actors (notably Gimli) I doubt it was very pleasant. In any eve, Mr. Holm has said he is uninterested in reprising his role (possibly due to the difficulty in appearing younger). It would be interesting for him to come back, though he is very old.
I was just wondering, has anyone mentioned Michael Sheen yet, he looks just like Mr Baggins.

[img:1z5kvo10]http://www.exposay.com/celebrity-photos/michael-sheen-timeline-movie-premiere-cMeWc1.jpg[/img:1z5kvo10]

[b:1z5kvo10]J Dwarf[/b:1z5kvo10]
He seems to be old enough (unlike [i:1009ohmv]Daniel Radcliffe[/i:1009ohmv] :roll: ), but there's something that seems a bit off. Maybe it's the stubble. In any event, my opinion might be different he was trying to look like a Hobbit. The hair, at least, is spot on. 8-)
Looks like a Jewish Hobbit :lol: . (I'm half Jewish by the way, so no slight is implied <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' /> )

[b:199184wq]GB[/b:199184wq]
A British-American-Isrealite- Beard! :shock:

What an amazing Beard you are! :mrgreen:
My Dad's side, his great-grandparents were Russian Jews that emigrated to Britain.

[b:1af08a6j]GB[/b:1af08a6j]
The only actor that can play Bilbo is Ian Holmes, not Tobey Maguire, or any of these other idiots! I know that many people say that “they need a younger actor to play Bilbo”. Well I remind you that in the start of the LOTR Gandalf tells Bilbo “You haven’t aged a day!” :shock: I will also remind you that they show Bilbo finding the ring, and its Holmes not some young idiot! But I can see that the clowns Jackson, and del Toro WILL SCREW IT UP just as Jackson screwed up The Return of the King! I will also remind these idiots that this is not” there vision” this is “TOLKEN’S VISION!” :x
Actually it's BOTH Tolkien's vision and PJ/DT's vision. When Alan Lee, or The Hildebrandt Brothers paint their classic paintings based on Tolkien's work, do we tell them to leave their artistic interpretation at the door? Of course not. Why should film-makers be any different?

So far we have had a Bakshi, a Rankin Bass, and a P Jackson version (not to mention some excellent fan-films). If you can't stand any of them, may I suggest that you make your own!!! :mrgreen:

And by the way, shouldn't we reserve judgment until seeing the final product?

[b:2u27yzr5]GB[/b:2u27yzr5]
I [i:1vn48dv0]fear[/i:1vn48dv0] like BOrgeron but [i:1vn48dv0]hope[/i:1vn48dv0] like Gandalf's Beard! <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' />
[quote="BOrgeron":3hkxnrit]Well I remind you that in the start of the LOTR Gandalf tells Bilbo “You haven’t aged a day!” :shock: I will also remind you that they show Bilbo finding the ring, and its Holmes not some young idiot![/quote:3hkxnrit]

It was a much younger-appearing Holm (no -es at the end; he's not a detective). In light of the visual evidence I don't think it makes sense to interpret Gandalf's line as referring to Bilbo in the timeframe of The Hobbit. Film-Gandalf was probably referring to a later meeting between the two characters.

[quote:3hkxnrit]But I can see that the clowns Jackson, and del Toro WILL SCREW IT UP just as Jackson screwed up The Return of the King! I will also remind these idiots that this is not” there vision” this is “TOLKEN’S VISION!” :x[/quote:3hkxnrit]

I'm repeating myself from the other thread, but please try to be a little bit more civil. It is really annoying when people assume that critics of the film are angry or bitter, so let's try to discourage the stereotype. <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' />
[quote="Gandalfs Beard":1cqa9gfk]Actually it's BOTH Tolkien's vision and PJ/DT's vision. When Alan Lee, or The Hildebrandt Brothers paint their classic paintings based on Tolkien's work, do we tell them to leave their artistic interpretation at the door? Of course not. Why should film-makers be any different?[/quote:1cqa9gfk]

I can't speak for BOrgeron, but I think PJ et al took their artistic license a bit too far in some places. That said, I agree with your main point.

[quote:1cqa9gfk]So far we have had a Bakshi, a Rankin Bass, and a P Jackson version (not to mention some excellent fan-films). If you can't stand any of them, may I suggest that you make your own!!! :mrgreen: [/quote:1cqa9gfk]

If only the average internet-user had the resources to make a multi-million dollar film trilogy. 8-)

[quote:1cqa9gfk]And by the way, shouldn't we reserve judgment until seeing the final product?[/quote:1cqa9gfk]

I believe we should. We can, however, speculate on the comments the filmmakers have made so far.
Fair enough, Eldo <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' /> .

[b:h5d0bjyy]GB[/b:h5d0bjyy]
This is a tad off-topic, but I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for being so civil whenever we disagree, GB. Discussions on other sites (and not just the ones I'm in!) get heated on a fairly regular basis, but it's always very friendly and casual here. It's one of the reasons I keep coming back. 8-)
Aw Shucks :oops: . I try Eldo <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' /> .

I save my Flames for political forums :roll: . But I only attack mean people <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' /> .

[b:1c0zwc9o]GB[/b:1c0zwc9o]
I've stopped posting on political forums. :lol: I'm sure you're perfeclty polite to those who deserve it. 8-)
I'm doing my best to cause trouble here - but no one take me seriously! Why is that? :cry:
You're too funny and cool to be a serious trouble-maker. That's a good thing though! :mrgreen:
No it's not! :x I want to be a [i:1hcipzvf]seriously [/i:1hcipzvf][b:1hcipzvf]horrid[/b:1hcipzvf] [color=#FF0000:1hcipzvf]trouble maker[/color:1hcipzvf]... This just isn't fair.... :cry: :cry: :cry:
But it's so nice having a friendly forum...
[quote="BOrgeron":fl2wfgqm]The only actor that can play Bilbo is Ian Holmes, not Tobey Maguire, or any of these other idiots! I know that many people say that “they need a younger actor to play Bilbo”. Well I remind you that in the start of the LOTR Gandalf tells Bilbo “You haven’t aged a day!” :shock: I will also remind you that they show Bilbo finding the ring, and its Holmes not some young idiot! But I can see that the clowns Jackson, and del Toro WILL SCREW IT UP just as Jackson screwed up The Return of the King! I will also remind these idiots that this is not” there vision” this is “TOLKEN’S VISION!” :x[/quote:fl2wfgqm]

The problem with age is not the actors age in the movies but in real live, c'mon, Ian Holm was 67-8 old in LotR now he's 78-79 for the Hobbit.
Ian and Christopher Lee said they are to old to go to new Zealand, though CL said he'd be happy to be in the movie if his part can be made in London...

Tobey is Spiderman, not Bilbo.
[quote="VonSalza":2qvkry08]CL said he'd be happy to be in the movie if his part can be made in London...[/quote:2qvkry08]

I haven't heard anything about this in a couple of months, but I'm hopeful it will be possible. Even if the filmmakers want it, they'd need studio approval (and funding) though, and that might not be forthcoming, especially depending on how much time it will take to shoot Lee's scenes.

[quote:2qvkry08]Tobey is Spiderman, not Bilbo.[/quote:2qvkry08]

Agreed. I made a similar point about Emma Watson in another thread, but I would rather there be someone who is not strongly associated with a single character to be cast as Bilbo (and likewise in the other roles).
It should definately be Ian Holm who again plays Bilbo. After all, as Gandalf said, he "hasn't aged a day". The "young" Bilbo should look as he did in the Fellowship because the ring gave him longer life.
[quote="cannetdebiere":c6a88kp5]It should definately be Ian Holm who again plays Bilbo.[/quote:c6a88kp5]

I'm not entirely sure I agree (see below), but Ian Holm has aged a bit since LotR. It's been about a decade, and filming probably won't start for a while longer. In any event, whatever our wishes may be, he's said he doesn't want to return.

[quote:c6a88kp5]After all, as Gandalf said, he "hasn't aged a day". The "young" Bilbo should look as he did in the Fellowship because the ring gave him longer life.[/quote:c6a88kp5]

I think that there was some noticeable aging between Prologue-Bilbo and the rest-of-FotR-Bilbo. I'm not sure that Gandalf, in the movie, was saying that Bilbo hadn't aged a day since the Quest. Ian Holm was, even then, quite a bit over 50. That's just my opinion, though. Ian Holm is a great actor, so I'm sure he would do a fine job if he had been offered and had taken the role.

Also, welcome to the forum! It's great that you're jumping into discussions, I hope you'll stick around with us (...crazy as we are sometimes :? ).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vEp2fbnhhM

Rate this guys video to get him cast as Bilbo in the new movie.
Didn't someone already post this link some pages back :? ? Not terrible, but not that good either.

Welcome to the forum Peter :mrgreen: .

[b:3be30fl5]GB[/b:3be30fl5]
I remember that, too. He's okay, but I think he had an American accent that was quite noticeable at times, which put me off. :? I'll be happy just so long as they don't cast that Gollum, though. :lol:
Yeah, the accent was appalling :lol: . But he looks the part, and I could envision him in a local stage production.

[b:3qows07h]GB[/b:3qows07h]
Greetings Nolderine. I like David Tennant too, and I think he could act the part of Bilbo brilliantly. But like Odo, I think he is far too slim.

[b:26uv36xl]GB[/b:26uv36xl]
David tennet should be bilbo for sure its all about faces "most" people have never seen before that can act very well so that the audience has that strange face as bilbo baggins .I dont want to see spiderman as bilbo
Good actor, but isn't David a little bit too lean?
ohh and as for gandalf mentioning to bilbo he hadn't aged a day ,many years had past and a good few visits from gandalf after the hobbit ,cant remember how many. The book is 5 feet away on my shelf and i cant be bothered to get it and submit this in sinderin lol <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' />
Just get Tennent to swap diets with Russel Crow. They were thinking of casting Rachael Weis and then used Kate Blanchet for Marion as she would make Crow look less stocky/tubby. :twisted:
Not sure I'd like to swap Crow for Tennant :? . At least Tennant has a sense of humour.

[b:2si25m7o]GB[/b:2si25m7o]
Not swap with Tennant <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' /> , just swap diets to fatten Tennant up for the roll.
too tall as well :|
He could always wear a "fat-suit" and pad his cheeks :lol: .

[b:38zhfd29]GB[/b:38zhfd29]
If James McAvoy is under consideration that would be a fantastic choice for Bilbo. Much as I adore the idea of David Tennant, he just seems too tall for the role.
Body shape might be a factor in casting but height is irrelevant surely. The actor playing Gimli is 6 foot and as far as I am aware the actors playing hobbits in LoTR are all of average heights. How tall a potential actor is doesn't matter.
I've always liked the idea of McAvoy for the role despite the fact that he's not plump.

[b:cd8j380r]GB[/b:cd8j380r]
That's because he's a brilliant actor, haha. And perhaps he could gain some weight for the film :lol: .
What is the official way for a professional actor to apply for a principal role? Does anyone know? I've been researching the internet with minimal luck. Important: if you don't know for sure, please be content to lurk like Gollum in the background.
I know someone who should apply through official channels and I want to give him the info.
Really good links are welcome. Positive replies welcome. :ugeek:
Thanks in advance.
How gracious of roygbiv. Let's be content to lurk on our own forum! :roll:

What I don't understand is why people assume we know about casting. If your friend is a professional actor, doesn't he have an agent? Doesn't he know how to apply for a job? Can't he bothered to talk to people in the industry like a professional would?
People ask because things like casting have shown up on this site before and we're all very knowlegdeable about LOTR, so people just are curious if we know anything.
And roygbiv, when you know, I'd like to know, too. <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' />
I feel like a sticky would be a good idea. I wonder if GB can make a sticky thread.
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