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Exclusive: Rhys-Davies On The Hobbit
The former Gimli talks dwarf casting

30 October 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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John Rhys-Davies was, of course, Gimli the dwarf in The Lord of the Rings, and gave the series many of its funniest and most memorable moments. And while Gimli doesn't appear in The Hobbit, his father Gloin does, so we asked him recently whether he'd be back for another go.

"I've already been asked and to be honest with you, I wouldn't. I have already completely ruled it out. There's a sentimental part of me that would love to be involved again. Really I am not sure my face can take that sort of punishment any more."

So not even a small cameo?

"Why would you want to do it if it was just a couple of shots? When you've been 1 of 1, why would you want to be 1 of 13?"

But the production did ask if he'd be interested in returning.

"It was just a gentle "What would you feel about putting it on again?" But no. I'd be interested in trying to create a different type of persona within... the thing. That is challenging as an actor. I'd really prefer to play something quite different. Maybe an Elf. They've got a different set of problems with The Hobbit because you've got 13 dwarves, a whole band of them... You're trying to represent a whole race... You're trying to do for dwarves what The Lord of the Rings did for hobbits. "

Hmm, so Gimli won't be playing his own father, it seems - but he isn't completely ruling out a return to the world of Middle Earth. Still, we're going to have to put him out of the running in our fantasy casting of Thorin Oakenshielf, Fili, Kili, Oin, Gloin, Dwalin, Balin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Dori, Nori and Ori.


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Posted by BoDixen at 08:21 on 02 November 2009 | Report This Post

Nice the producers have that kind of loyalty to the old cast. However I understand Rhys Davies, that he want to bring something else playing a character (or 2) for 2-3 very long shoots. And listening to the extras on the extended - the makeup did ruin his face, so thats also another consideration and he is not exactly the youngest anymore. More

Posted by BoDixen at 08:20 on 02 November 2009 | Report This Post

R-D seems completely up his own backside - all this crap about "bringing something more to the role and as an actor"! What a jumped up jerk! More

Posted by gb901 at 17:21 on 01 November 2009 | Report This Post

I didn't realise how difficult a prospect a movie of The Hobbit might be until you listed all the dwarves- will be a bit of a clusterfuck if they try to give all those characters enough screentime, even with two films to do it in. It's LotR, not Ocean's 13. More

Posted by undesirablenumber1 at 14:47 on 30 October 2009 | Report This Post

Bloody hell! Empire hasn't had such a packed and exciting news day since I don't know when. What are they saving up for Xmas? BTW, John Rhys Davis for the Troll King for The Hobbit or even Smaug himself if Del Torro sticks with a talking dragon. More

Posted by steveg66 at 11:44 on 30 October 2009 | Report This Post

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You have just made my day bagrot1! I'm such a geek... More

Posted by Trixiepanthead at 10:40 on 30 October 2009 | Report This Post

He would make a great Bjorn the sapeshifter who becomes a bear. Or maybe Brian Blessed for that role. Can he incorporate the line :"Gandalf's Alive!" More

Posted by bagrot1 at 09:52 on 30 October 2009 | Report This Post


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