Thread: Actors to play Bilbo
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It seems that most still think Sir Ian too old....but, but, but. Again, with make-up, etc, and all of those tricks, for goodness sake, at 111 Bilbo ( Ian) looked the way someone who has possessed the ring since he picked it up when he was 50 (or so) as a hobbit. He is not supposed to have aged at all because not only did he possess the ring, but used it over that 60 -year period. In other words, Bilbo in the Fellowship should look the same age as he did when he first picked up the ring (where The Hobbit begins) And, once again, guys,
it has not been that long since the trilogy and character is supposed to look 50ish and with make-up and 'effects', Ian Holm can do it again as Bilbo. Sorry, but, haven't changed my mind and will be so sad if Sir Ian is left with a few 'shots.' Should play both movies (1 and 2), but if HE doesn't want to or cannot for whatever reasons he may have, then I'm hoping that Hobbit Movie No. 2 will have him throughout as will be covering later years and certainly can convincingly pull that off---even so, should play Bilbo in BOTH! Sorry, but I just cannot imagine anyone else playing this role---I know it's probably not going to happen (with at least the first movie), but am crossing fingers and toes.
The thing about appearance is that Sir Ian had to go through a rather unpleasant makeup and/or prosthetics process before shooting the scene in the Prologue. He had it better than, say, John Rhys-Davies, who went through that process every single day, but from what I've read in interviews Sir Ian doesn't want to go through a similar process to shoot the entire [i:1ioaymti]Hobbit[/i:1ioaymti]. Frankly, I can't blame him.
Well the reply to my official enquiry from the Gathering organizers is- they will ask his agent if I can have an interview.
I feel a bout of Gonzo journalism coming on!
I wonder if Ady could email you an official Hobbit forum "Press" Pass Petty
. This could be a real scoop for us. If you land the interview, you should record it and transcribe it. Maybe Ady could even put it up on his blog.
The Gathering runs from the 26th to 28th of this month, with the 28th (the Saturday) being the main day. At this point I'm not sure if Mr Mccoy will be present for all 3 days or just some or one of them. A press pass or some sort of Officialness might grease the wheels a bit. I did, rather cheekily, claim to be representing this forum when I requested an interview so something to back that up might help.
Well, I know Narniaweb sometimes gets "official" scoops. There's nothing cheeky about representing yourself as a member of this forum to get the interview. It would be a real coup for us.
Still nothing on an interview yet. I sent an e-mail off inquiring as to progress and got this response;
'I have forwarded your request onto Mr McCoys agent and I will let you know when I hear back from him.'
So its a matter of waiting now I suppose and hoping its not just a stalling tactic!
well, if you don't hear from him in a week, i guess we can assume its a stalling tactic, but you're not a petty tyrant anymore, your a petty REPORTER!
you won't stop until you get definite answers, even if you bug the crap out of everyone!!!!!
The Squeaky Wheel gets the Grease Petty. I would send an email every 48 hrs asking if there is a response yet.
There will sadly be no grease to be gotten GB. I come bearing bad news, I received this rather to the point e-mail;
"Unfortunately Sylvester McCoy has declined your request to interview him and had no further comments.
But thank you for your enquiry in the meantime."
I bet that's exactly what happens to everyone else!!!!!!
Now, now, Tinuviel. We don't want to put them off if they're checking out this forum to see if it's worth their while.
In that case, pardon me, good sirs or ma'ams, I'm just an excited fan and can't wait to hear more about the Hobbit movie and I'm going to get a bunch of people to go see it so it makes lots of money
Actor news- or at least a lack of actor news. This from today's Sun newspaper;
'Martin Freeman has turned down a seven figure salary to play Bilbo Baggins in the hobbit film......the actor was offered the lead role...but reluctantly said no because he was already committed to 20 weeks filming episodes of Sherlock.
A source said; "It was one of the most difficult decisions of his career. MGM..only got a formal offer over in the last couple of weeks. It was too late for Martin because he had already signed up to Sherlock."
Director Jackson has now arranged auditions in London, New York and Sydney to find an unknown to play the lead. The source said "All the actors had to read to camera which is being shown to Peter Jackson. He is looking for a hidden gem now Martin has ruled himself out of the job."
Note how they seem to think Jackson is definitely the director and also the tense problem with the auditions- 'Jackson has now arranged' and the source who says in the past tense 'had to read to camera' implying the auditions have already been held- this could just be a Sun journalist of course not grasping tense!
For those amused by the pun-ing of Sun headlines the headline to the above story was; "Star as the Hobbit? I'd rather stay at Holmes"
[quote="pettytyrant101":2zl8a95b]A source said; "It was one of the most difficult decisions of his career. [b:2zl8a95b]MGM..only got a formal offer over in the last couple of weeks[/b:2zl8a95b]. It was too late for Martin because he had already signed up to Sherlock."[/quote:2zl8a95b]
This is related to the director issue and Ian McKellen saying he was getting bored of waiting. Since MGM's financial purgatory has dragged on for so long, they're going to either scrape the bottom of the barrel or put off the release date another year or two so they can sign people for further in the future. I wouldn't be surprised to see more stories like this one coming up.
I vote for that McEvoy chap!
I could see Freeman in the role. I used to think he specialized a bit much in pulling facial expressions to camera (which obviously suited The Office perfectly) but he seems to have got over that stage in his acting if Sherlock was anything to judge by (though he does slip into it occasionally even then).
And he made a reasonable Arthur Dent in a mediocre film of Hitchhikers (great Zaphod in that though, except for the heads thing!)
Freeman and McCoy are my favourites for Bilbo, hope that one of them gets the role. They both look very "Bilbo-ish"
[quote="Ringdrotten":29ja10aw]Freeman and McCoy are my favourites for Bilbo, hope that one of them gets the role. They both look very "Bilbo-ish" [/quote:29ja10aw]
Oh --- so judging by previous decisions, neither will get a guernsey then!
Very "Bilboish" indeed.
I remember that photo...
I really hope he changes his mind!!!
[quote="Odo Banks":ey2h1d1v]neither will get a guernsey then![/quote:ey2h1d1v]
Sorry, but I must ask: What's a gurnsey?
I am but a Norwegian after all, you know, and I've never seen that word before
Going by a Google definition search, they're probably talking about sweaters, though it might be cows.
I'm as lost as you are on this one.
It means to be selected for something or to gain credit for something. Well it means other things, like Eldorion said, cows, sweaters and and an Island... What a strange word to use, glad you are living up to your username Odo!
In Australian Rules Football (both Codes: Men and Hobbits) a guernsey is a football jumper (sweater, to a point). To get a guernsey is to get a game. The idea broadens out from there to mean anyone who gets a job. Not so odd, really, except perhaps in that upsidedown Hobbits might seem odd to you guys on top of the world!
Oh I will be calling you Wise Ally next!!! You sweet intelligent gal!
Thanks, Ally and Odo.
I personally like it when the guernseys are tight.
Edit: Fixed typo
Supposedly MGM is nearing a deal that could be completed in the next few weeks/months. Not that it's something we haven't heard before.
At the end of the day though, this forum came out of the hype, so I'm glad about it.
Oh Ringrotten, do you like tight guernseys too....?
[quote="Mirabella Banks":3krnidju]Oh Ringrotten, do you like tight guernseys too....?
To stick up for Ringrotten, I think that Women play Australian Football too. What a pickle he's gotten into!
That may explain why he hasn't answered my question. The shy retiring type, perhaps?
I like the delicate ones, Ally -it's why I'm so fond ofGB!
[quote="Mirabella Banks":ulop784r]I like the delicate ones, Ally -it's why I'm so fond ofGB!
I don't like their delicate egos though...
It's starting to seem like Mirabella is a bit of a flirt!
ha! I'm one to talk....
It's hard not to when you've got such spunky-chunks as Petty and GB on the Forum!
Mind you, Tin, I guess "flirting" has got nothing to do with Actors to play Bilbo - unless the two of them are 'flirting' with the idea playing the lead role themselves. (I'd choose Petty, if I had to choose, GB sounds a bit too hairy! Perhaps he could be the hair on Petty's feet though!
You're right, it doesn't.
I wonder when they're going to give us an update on the whole shpeal. It's starting to seem like a lost cause...
Ithinks i cood play bifur orr bofur! Oo doeye contack?
Biffo, if it was me, I would have signed you up already.
He could star in an Outback Hobbit. Now there's something PJ could get his teeth into.
Hasn't his name come up too many times, Chris? (AntiEldoSpam14)
I just read the full article in which Pegg casually made that statement about Freeman getting the role. I have a feeling this will actually pan out.
I like Freeman when he's allowed to do more than pull faces at the camera. But I thought he couldn't do it as he is contracted up by the BBC to make a series of Sherlock?
[quote="chris63":27vy8awv]Martin Freeman ?[/quote:27vy8awv]
The recent [url=http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2010/10/11/39034-martin-freeman-on-the-hobbit-i-reckon-i-could-do-a-young-ian-holm/:27vy8awv]interview[/url:27vy8awv] with Freeman posted on TORn made it sound like he would be too busy with Sherlock Holmes, but he did also say that "If there is any outside possibility [of finding a way to fit The Hobbit into his schedule], then that would be great." Maybe he'll end up playing Bilbo after all; I think he'd be better than a lot of the actors suggested.
He was excellent in The Office (where he perfected his mugging to camera routine which suited the style), no where near as good as the original Arthur in Hitchhikers (but it wasn't a great Hitchhikers except Zaphod who was outstanding) and he is good in Sherlock (although occasionally he does still slip and resort to mugging to camera).
I haven't seen him in anything I really dislike but on the other-hand he has not overly impressed me yet either. So long as they can stop him looking straight into the lens every time something happens and rolling his eyes he should be ok as Bilbo.
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The recent interview with Simon Pegg seems to put Martin back into play again, and according to numerous blogs sourcing Deadline today, this appears to be practically confirmed.* And apparently according to this same source, there will be some sort of role for David Tennant.
*(which we should all take with at least one grain of salt until "official" confirmation).