Thread: Actors to play Bilbo
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You're right Zackira. Wasn't it an Academy Awards spoof? At least that's what I recall.
And I agree that it's far too serious a role for Jack Black.
Just had a thought what about Paul Giamatti???????? call me crazy tho cuz i think i am
The best ever person to play Bilbo is Bret McKenzie! Our very own Figwit from Flight of the Conchords would be orsum! Check out Flight of the Conchords - Frodo, don't wear the ring if you doubt. With his kiwi accent he will be able to pull off a British one no problem. And, of course, he's gorgeous!!!
Bret McKenzie would probably be pretty good if they didn't have to try to make the actor look like Ian Holm. He really doesn't look anything like Holm, so I don't think he'll be on their list. But he probably could have played a decent Biblo (if he put on some weight,
McKenzie??? Hmmm...he looks more like an Elf!! Oh wait...he was an Elf
P.S. I'm still mulling the idea of Paul Giamatti.
You have to admit, GB, that in some pics he has a hobbity quality to his face. Yes, he's tall and trim, but if he was fatter, he'd actually probably look good as a hobbit.
Well, he's certainly worth consideration
. But I'm not seeing Hobbit yet
I wouldn't go so far as to say I'd consider him, I was just noticing his hobbity looks. But I suppose most of us have hobbity characteristics, especially people like Peter Jackson
Hobbits really have a certain look. It's that British/Irish country folk thing. When I think of Hobbits, I think of Susan Boyle
, or me
P.S. I look like an English version of John Larroquette (and about 20 years younger).
ya that whole paul giamatti thing i read on theonering.net as a suggestion from someone... don't know who... there are some pretty wild suggestions on there for some of the main roles!
but eh who am i to judge i've made some pretty nutso suggestions myself
I agree with Beren who posted last year Martin Freeman could do it. After searching the web it became way obvious that he was the best choice with his brown hair and roundish features. Regardless all I really care about is watching the movie so ASAP would be good
Btw if you dont believe Martin Freeman would be good then look at this:
although rowan atkinson does not have the features of holms.... his acting skills and facial features would be amazing to lend to the role as a hobbit!!!! everybody always goes to mr. bean, but dont forget his adventures as black adder!!!
for that mater, if he were to somehow land a role in the hobbit, I hope they put hugh laurie as an elf for a reunion of sorts...... oh, it would be glorious!
[quote="OversizedKenobi":2ter4z4d]although rowan atkinson does not have the features of holms.... his acting skills and facial features would be amazing to lend to the role as a hobbit!!!! everybody always goes to mr. bean, but dont forget his adventures as black adder!!!
Or Johnny English!!!!!!! da nananananan daaaaaaa!!!!!
sorry i got a little excited i really like Johnny English!! and i think we all got a little excited at the prospect of Rowan Atkinson whether it was posative or negative it took me a while to see it but i do see he would be an excellent hobbit but my worry is that he looks nothing like Ian Holm... but other than that he is a great actor and definately "hobbity" in appearance
Nick frost As Bilbo,
I like Nick though I have only seen him in Hot Fuzz but I loved that film
I'm not very familar with any of the other actors mentiond with the exception or Rowan Atkinson
(funny man and very versitle I love Black Adder..)
But I'm sure In the end They will have decided on the perfect Bilbo *crosses fingers*
However I think I would be very interested in seeing Rowan as Bilbo that would be brilliant!
Tom Hollander (Enigma) springs to mind. He has the small stature, like Ian Holm, to make the size difference between hobbits & men/wizards/elves/orcs less difficult to reproduce on screen. In 'The Fellowship of the Ring', Ian McKellen looked rather narrow compared to his height. Presumably he had stilts or some sort of elevation under his gown. That was against Ian Holm. Against an actor average height they would have had to make him like a drainpipe. Tom Hollander is also about the same age - early middle, and would play the home-loving hater of adventures well
Think Rowan Atkinson would make a great gollum to be honest
If I remember correctly, Bilbo wasn't exactly young in "The Hobbit". I believe he was 50 years old... So really, I think Ian Holm would still work rather well... Of course, because it is Hollywood, I'm sure they'll want to cast someone that doesn't look a day over 25. = Oh well, I'm still hoping for a great movie =)
BTW, Peter Jackson would make a wonderful Hobbit!! I think he needs a cameo appearance in the movie =P
I've often thought the same thing about Peter Jackson
. And welcome to the forum Ardwiz (Wizard of Arda?).
I think David Jason would be perfect to play Bilbo Baggins
Hi All, I registered just to put my two cents in about this particular subject! I think Jonny Lee Miller (Eli Stone) would make a great Bilbo. He has the accent and the looks (sort of puppy-ish).
I know this might sound crazy, but what about Matthew Broderick? The role he played in the movie Ladyhawke of the sarcastic thief would make a great Bilbo Baggins, he's a lot older now but I bet he could still pull it off.... what do you think?
. Its amazing someone still remembers Ladyhawke. Broderick was good in that (he's usually good in anything), but I'm not sure he's right for Bilbo. And I don't know if he can do a British accent.
It was just a thought, I just hope with this movie they stay true to the book, in LOTR they made Frodo out to be a whiny little girl, he did nothing but complain, hopefully with the Hobbit they'll show Bilbo being willing to use Sting if he has to
And a perfectly reasonable thought too, I must say
. Broderick is a short actor
. And he is close to the right age now.
Your thoughts on film Frodo are amusing. I have found on other forums that many people agree with you. Personally, I thought Elijah Wood was perfect.
And Welcome to the Forum, by the way
What about Anton Lesser? He has a great voice. He was in Masterpiece's Little Dorrit and a voice-over for The Miracle Maker. I don't think he's too tall or skinny but has a bilbo-y voice and face.
Anton Lesser does look like a hobbit, but is he good enough? I dont know, im asking...
Please consider for the part of Bilbo.. An accomplished actor of rigth age and physique. I wold vote for John Billingsley who played the role of Dr.Phlox on Star Trek Enterprise. I am sure Mr.Billingsley could bring new life to the character Bilbo. He is an accomplished actor who has the right personality for such a role. Just my thoughts.
Billingsly is a good call. I think he just might have the chops to pull off the accent. I'll put him near the top of the list, though if any Tek alumni gets the part it really should be Colm Meany.
How about Dominic Cooper I think he has a pretty good look for Bilbo but might be a bit too young.
After seeing that picture I think Dominic Cooper could work....
woah woah woah, hold on guys. Let's not get carried away. Dom isn't anything like Ian Holm. Just refresh yourselves on what Holm looks like: [img:3ccpssus]http://www.tolkien-online.com/images/Bilbo_smoking_a_pipe.jpg[/img:3ccpssus]
We musn't merely consider the hobbityness of someone, or just their acting skills. They must be able to be a believable "young Bilbo" in the construction of his face and his expressions.
In this respect, I'm still all for Colm Meany.
i think martin Freeman would be a perfect bilbo, because he has the face and the looks to do it
Well, I can definitely see Martin Freeman playing Bilbo, he seems to me like the perfect fit, both visually and acting wise. And I heard somewhere that DANIEL RADECLIFF was a candidate? is that a true rumor?
I really hope its just a rumor. I really cant imagine Daniel Radcliffe in this film! That would be way too much! NO, I just cant see it!
I can't possibly see Radcliffe as Bilbo (and I'm a fan). But he might be a good young Frodo.
According to Ady's latest blog based on The Telegraph's detective work Dr Who (David Tennant) is a possible candidate for Bilbo
. I don't think he looks like Holm (or I would have suggested him), but I love David Tennant and I think he would turn in a brilliant performance.
I have never seen any of David's movies, so I cannot comment on his acting ability. But I am extremely disappointed that they may have picked someone who has absolutely no physical resemblance of Holm. He looks like Elijah Wood more than he does Ian Holm, and he doesn't even look much like Wood...
You can probably find some episodes of Dr Who with him in online Beren. He can turn from comedic to dramatic on a dime without seeming forced. And he probably would be a good Bilbo with the right make up. But he definitely doesn't look enough like Holm for me either. According to Ady's blog, which I re-read, this may be unfounded speculation on the Telegraph's part.
I should point out he also played Barty Crouch Jr in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (you might be able to find that online too if you haven't seen it), who was a Mad Psychotic Minion of Voldemort. Perhaps he is being considered for a completely different role in The Hobbit, or this may be a total psyche out. I think he could actually perform any number of other possible roles in The Hobbit, from one of the key Elve's or People of Laketown, or part of the White Council, or even a Dwarf.
Thanks for the refs, GB. I'll have to watch some of that.
The PJ loyalty in me wants to believe that Del Toro jumped the gun, especially since I'm not 100% trusting of him. I don't think many of us are. I mean, his films are awesome, but I'd never heard of them (except maybe Hellboy) before he was named as director of Hobbit. I suppose it's the same feeling that everyone got about PJ when he was named. It was a huge gamble, but now everyone is all for PJ. So since PJ approves of Del Toro, that helps us out a bit. But we still can't trust him 100% since he has not been tested yet. So that's what makes me believe that he jumped the gun.
But then Jackson could be bluffing. I really don't know his personality when it comes to this, but he may be doing it as a publicity stunt or media-getter. Although I hate to accuse him of this, the Hollywood world is fraught with this political junk, and hardly anyone escapes it.
But, all in all, I think we are entitled to an announcement very soon. There has been a calm recently, and some would say that the calm comes before the storm. We need some Hobbit news, or we'll self-destruct. So this teaser put forth by the Telegraph could just be to keep us glued to our news feeds.
Yeah, well after seeing this sort of Hollywood stuff for a few decades I take it all with a grain of salt. It doesn't bother me as much as the wait.
As for Del Toro, I think his films speak for themselves. Blade 2 and Hellboy may have put him on the map as a talent to be reckoned with--but Pan's Labyrinth, a Del Toro original, is a Masterpiece that signifies an artist that could easily match the detail of Tolkien's Silmarillion in both visuals and narrative and established his artistic integrity. He has earned my trust 100%--no matter how odd a casting decision may seem.
[quote="Ardwiz":nerpggte]If I remember correctly, Bilbo wasn't exactly young in "The Hobbit". I believe he was 50 years old... So really, I think Ian Holm would still work rather well... Of course, because it is Hollywood, I'm sure they'll want to cast someone that doesn't look a day over 25. = Oh well, I'm still hoping for a great movie =)
BTW, Peter Jackson would make a wonderful Hobbit!! I think he needs a cameo appearance in the movie =P[/quote:nerpggte]
I don't know why I thought that Bilbo was 33 when he left on his Journey. I thought he was the same age as Frodo was when Frodo left in LotR...
Weird. Guess I need to go back and re-read the book. This gives me a great reason, not that you need one!
As for actors that would make a good Bilbo..... There have been some great ideas here. I think that David Tennant is the MOST likely choice. PJ will be at Comic-Con next week as will Tennant. This is a coincidence sure, but it HAS to raise the high probability of an announcement. It looks like Jackson has denied this rumor. We can still hope that maybe there are a few hints....
Looks like it will be a long fall waiting on news.
If memory serves LilWiP, you're right and you're wrong. Wrong in that Bilbo was 50, but right that he and Frodo were the same age for their respective journeys. The movie glossed over the fact that Frodo held the ring for 17 years before he left the Shire. And lets face it, for a movie that would have been an odd detail for pacing.
[quote="Tinuviel":2hc4d8p5]Well, I can definitely see Martin Freeman playing Bilbo, he seems to me like the perfect fit, both visually and acting wise. And I heard somewhere that DANIEL RADECLIFF was a candidate? is that a true rumor?[/quote:2hc4d8p5]
a sick and twisted rumor...
You gotta post a side by side for easier comparisson
edit: So sad.
On further thought, I think Freeman would be a good choice...
As no-one has remarked on my previous reaction to the bizarre Radcliffe Rumour, I'll ask again. How about Radcliffe as a young(er) Frodo.
Well, it could work, but when would a younger Frodo be needed?
At the end of the second movie most likely, as set up for LotR. Or possibly even at the beginning too. With two films, they have time for some back-story. And it seems a likely prospect to me that we will see an ending featuring Bilbo telling a young Frodo about his adventures and possibly even Frodo meeting Gandalf. This would add even more depth and continuity to his story, thus establishing a clear link between The Hobbit and LotR
It's what I would do if I were producing or directing and there was a chance that a bridging movie wouldn't get made anytime soon.
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[quote="Beren":25auix9a]I think that James could [u:25auix9a]play[/u:25auix9a] the part very well, but idk about his looks. He is quite skinny and tall, and although they could change his on-screen height, I just don't think he has the "rotund" hobbit physique.
What does everyone think about Martin Freeman? Here's a pic where he looks a bit like Holm: http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Med ... man460.jpg
I think he would be perfect for the role.