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OK, so I am about to be announced clinically insane (by which I mean I wake up in morning thinking I'm an onion) by the hobbit forum community but i just had to discuss this with someone!

It started when I read the interview on this site with Doug Jones and my initial reaction admittedly was 'NO!! NO NOT HIM!! Elves are supposed to be 'fair' and 'beautiful' not creepy looking.
Plus, (I think) he doesn't look like he could be related to Orlando Bloom.'

But then I thought who should do it? It would make alot of sense to ask Orlando Bloom again because he will have aged since the lord of the rings movies, in such a way as it would look right. But is that too close?

Looking at the other posts here I think Richard E Grant is closer than Doug Jones but still not right... I mean, in my eyes as an 18 year old girl they were pushing it at the end of Return of the King (for ref see http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=1253)

And then I had this eeeeevil thought. Iím just going to reel this up the flag pole and see who salutes (and how they salute): Bret McKenzie should do it.
Admittedly he does look a little young.

Flame away! <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' />
FOTC Bret?

As much as I love teh Conchords he seems a bit young for that role. He DID play an elf in ROTK - Figwit he was christened :lol: - so perhaps he could play an elf again.
Ai, Figwit, that's why it would work so well!
It would kill a selection of birds with one stone: we would get a good looking King of mirkwood, Bret McKenzie would raise in status from fake elf to real elf and hence give the creators of Figwit lives something to do (as 'website is on hiatus') [i:19w56zml]and[/i:19w56zml] it would make all figwit hate mail void(sort of).
The make up is already so complicated it wouldn't be much trouble to make him look older, its not like elves have wrinkles after all :lol: just use lighter or darker foundation make his cheeks look hollower.
Agh I give this too much thought!!! I'm going back to my hole now.
!773: No such thing as too much thought in my opinion! :lol: and if you are insane well i must just be the biggest nutcase out there! <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' /> welcome to the forum by the way.

Richard E Grant wouldn't be too bad. kinda has that angular "elf" face and he looks kinda like orlando bloom (we are talking very loosely here of course lol) i had another thought and maybe i'm a looney toon for it but what about Cary Elwes? granted he may have to loose a little weight as one of the pics i saw of him he was a little chunky but i saw this and thought "just maybe it might work" http://www.nndb.com/people/831/000043702/caryelwes.jpg
let me know what ya'll think like i said i might just be a looney toon :lol:
This thread did not last long, but it was funky while it lasted!
That is the weirdest OP I have ever read on this forum. :? Also a great username!
Yes --- Odo Banks --- took you a while for you to realize though, Eldo (I don't mean to criticize).
I can't say I thought it worth the time to respond to a dead thread before you started this spam-off, Odo. :P
The thread hasn't died quite yet! <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' /> http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2011/01 ... he-hobbit/ Only a rumor yet though (and I hope it stays that way!) What's so great about this guy Tennant? What's this obsession to have him in The Hobbit all about?
He's a good actor and last year did a remarkable performance as Hamlet for the Royal Shakespeare Company but I suspect it has a lot more to do with the teenage fangirl following he accquired during his five year run as Doctor Who. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYZHb2xo ... re=related
Only seen him in the 4th Harry Potter film, didn't like him as much there. My impression might have been heavily influenced by how terrible the rest of the movie was, however :P
Tennant is brilliant. But I never thought of him as the Thranduil type. :? [b:2uk93hoo]GB[/b:2uk93hoo]
Well, he could certainly look Elvish with longer hair and pointy ears, so I'm not worried about that. If you guys says he's a good actor I guess I'll have to take your word for it!
[quote="Ringdrotten":3vpyi3y0]Well, he could certainly look Elvish with longer hair and pointy ears, so I'm not worried about that. If you guys says he's a good actor I guess I'll have to take your word for it![/quote:3vpyi3y0] True about the looking Elvish part. He is a seriously good actor, but you wouldn't have been able to tell from the few short scenes in GoF, he didn't have an awful lot to do except look insane (which he did quite admirably <img src='/images/smileys/smile.gif' border='0' alt='Smile Smilie' /> ). [b:3vpyi3y0]GB[/b:3vpyi3y0]
My local radio station (central Scotland) is reporting this week that Tennant IS playing Thranduil! Apparently he was interviewed about it last week! I can't find confirmation anywhere else though, but sometimes these smaller sources have some merit so I thought i'd post the news.
TORn mentioned mentioned a report on [url=http://www.digitalspy.com/movies/news/a297333/david-tennant-joins-the-hobbit.html:jsfiwq2d]Digital Spy[/url:jsfiwq2d] (I've no idea if that's a reliable source) a few days ago and that's the last I heard. Tennant really is the rumor that just won't die. :lol:
Then perhaps its a trumor???? And I could see him pulling of a grouchy elf king. But not the father of Orlando Bloom, whom he will undoubtedly be compared to by fans of the movies. Especially girls.
Trumor! :lol: :lol: I assume you mean compared in terms of hotness, Tin, though I do wonder how much the film-makers are thinking about family resemblance when casting relatives of LOTR characters. I hadn't thought about that before. :ugeek:
well, yes, i am :mrgreen: and that's true, but they made Elrond look older than Arwen, and i don't think there's much of an age difference between Tennant and Bloom... So that might be a bit odd
Does raise an interesting question. When does an elf stop physically ageing? If its an individual thing then its feasable Thranduil could be older but look younger than his own son or appear to be around the same age.
[quote="pettytyrant101":163yvf1r]Does raise an interesting question. When does an elf stop physically ageing? If its an individual thing then its feasable Thranduil could be older but look younger than his own son or appear to be around the same age.[/quote:163yvf1r] Well, we discussed this on another thread some time ago. Elves may live a long, loooooong time, but at one point Tolkien conceived of three stages of an Elf's aging process. Obviously from infancy to adulthood, then apparently a super-long adulthood without any apparent aging, and beyond that the Elder Elf (at which stage an Elf may grow a beard). I have a feeling Tolkien retconned this notion to explain why there were a couple of old bearded elves around. I'd have to hunt for the old post to get the details, but one of them old bearded elves makes an appearance in the Silmarillion. I forget his name at the moment, but if I get around to it, I may re-research for the reference. In any case, it would indeed be plausible for an adult Elf to look a similar age to his/her adult child. [b:163yvf1r]GB[/b:163yvf1r]
It would make sense in the Books, but since PJ hired older actors to play older elves, then I think he should stick to it for TH
[quote="Tinuviel":102zu7w2]It would make sense in the Books, but since PJ hired older actors to play older elves, then I think he should stick to it for TH[/quote:102zu7w2] I think Daniel Craig should have a part in the film. I think he'd be great as Thranduil or Bard. Maybe Gerard Butler as Thranduil (or Bard :?: ) might work too. [b:102zu7w2]GB[/b:102zu7w2]
Is Daniel Craig not a bit short and stocky for an elf?
Butler for Bard could work.
oooo!!! I like craig for thranduil and butler for bard!!!!! lovely!