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Brian Cox To Play A Dwarf In The Hobbit?
This is rumour control...

16 November 2009  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Ain't it Cool

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Ain't It Cool's "Down-under correspondent" has picked up an unverified but not unlikely sounding bit of casting rumour for Peter Jackson and Guillermo Del Toro's The Hobbit. Brian Cox is apparently "a major contender" for one of the dwarves.

So, speculating hat on. There are a bakers' dozen dwarves in The Hobbit: Fili, Kili, Oin, Gloin (Gimli's dad), Dwalin, Balin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Dori, Nori, Ori, and of course, main-man Thorin Oakenshield. 

[Spoilers coming if you haven't read the book]. Most obvious of those roles for an actor of repute would be Thorin (it's pronounced Thaureen, you know): haughty, stern and officious; all traits that Cox has played before with aplomb. He fights alongside Gandalf in the goblin tunnels and dies a heroic death at the Battle of the Five Armies. But he's also a bit annoying and rubbish: getting himself captured before anyone else at Mirkwood, making serious diplomatic gaffes at Laketown and throwing a big strop when Bilbo nicks the Arkenstone. Anyone who spent hours playing the Spectrum game in the 80s, in which Thorin spent vast tracts of time sitting on his arse singing about gold and refusing to help you out of the goblin's dungeon, will have tried to cleave his skull on many occasions.

So if he didn't fancy a bluff idiot, albeit one with a meaty dramatic arc, maybe Cox would also be a good fit for Balin, whose tomb we already visited in The Fellowship of the Ring. Or maybe even Bombur, Bilbo's fat comic-relief mate, who has to be carried or rope-lifted whenever the terrain gets difficult. He's versatile, is Cox.

But maybe he's not on board at all. Do we hope he is or hope he isn't? Will all dwarves in this franchise be grandstanding Scots? And is there a role of greater stature you think might fit Cox better?


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Cox, awesome. Glover, awesomer.
Deliberate? The rumour control line is Brian Glover in Alien 3 surely? Sorry - nerd hat on :) More

Posted by Darckcloud at 09:46 on 17 November 2009 | Report This Post

It has to be.
Thorin, without a doubt. More

Posted by keaneye at 23:11 on 16 November 2009 | Report This Post

He can be only one...Thorin More

Posted by steveg66 at 19:25 on 16 November 2009 | Report This Post

Mint!
See above. More

Posted by captainamazing at 13:22 on 16 November 2009 | Report This Post

I've also heard the exact same rumour about their little Cox over there in NZ... More

Posted by jimshanks at 11:40 on 16 November 2009 | Report This Post

I reckon Gloin
Brian Cox should be Gloin - you could so see him as John Rhys-Davies' Dad! More

Posted by dr14889 at 11:33 on 16 November 2009 | Report This Post

Thorin, Balin, maybe even Dwalin, this is a good rumour. More

Posted by crazymoviesdude at 09:00 on 16 November 2009 | Report This Post

Brian Cox = Awesome
Brian Cox in anything will be awesome. Just a great actor. Having read the book, I'd say he's perfect for Thorin. Then again, I'd say that Cox would be a perfect fit to play Nelson Mandela so maybe I'm too much of a fan. More

Posted by HAUTORI at 08:18 on 16 November 2009 | Report This Post

Brian Cox = Awesome
Brian Cox in anything will be awesome. Just a great actor. Having read the book, I'd say he's perfect for Thorin. Then again, I'd say that Cox would be a perfect fit to play Nelson Mandela so maybe I'm too much of a fan. More

Posted by HAUTORI at 08:18 on 16 November 2009 | Report This Post

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