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'Hobbit' Director Peter Jackson Talks About Casting A 'Heartthrob' Dwarf

EW: It’s been a long time coming, but there was finally cause for rejoicing in Middle-earth last week when director Peter Jackson announced he’d cast several key roles in his adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy novel, The Hobbit. The casting of Martin Freeman of the UK Office fame as Bilbo Baggins was widely expected, but some Tolkien fans were surprised and slightly befuddled to see English actor Richard Armitage, best known for the BBC series MI-5, cast as Thorin Oakenshield, the gruff leader of a company of dwarves. What was Jackson doing hiring a hunky actor to play a character most often depicted in illustrations — and in the 1977 animated Hobbit movie — as a squat, crabby, Wilford Brimley-ish old dwarf with a long white beard? In an interview (after the jump), Jackson tells EW the choice is actually right in line with the casting of Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn and Orlando Bloom as Legolas in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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Kiri4231d ago

Three words: Oh My God...

Soldierone4231d ago

Is that a good or bad "oh my god" I know you havent been liking alot of things you have commented on lol...

darklordzor4230d ago

Ha! Judging by most of his posts, Kiri doesn't seem to like a much. Why is that Kiri? Surely there has to be something you're looking forward to.

Kiri4229d ago (Edited 4229d ago )

It's a good oh my god, sir

Kiri4229d ago

Why is that so surprising? Tolkien's universe is always awesome, no matter what crappy actors are playing it

Soldierone4229d ago

Because you are a negative nancy in every other thing you commented on.

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Soldierone4231d ago

He is passionate about this film, and I know he wont mess it up. Therefore he has no reason to explain his decision making to me. If it somehow doesn't work then yeah Id like him to explain, just so I understand where he is coming from.

Either way its always nice to read anything on this movie.

darklordzor4230d ago

Agreed, I don't see the need to explain any of his casting choices. The work will speak for itself, but until then people should trust him to make the right decisions. Besides, who says all dwarves have to be goofy looking?

Soldierone4230d ago

I think that goofy look phase comes from the WoW people. Other than that they are usuelly somewhat cool looking in other stories.