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Billy Connolly Is In The Hobbit
He's Dain Ironfoot

09 February 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Heat Vision Blog

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Billy Connolly Is In The Hobbit

We thought that the complex series of strings, ropes, pulleys, bells and tin cans we had strung around the office to warn us whenever Peter Jackson cast someone new in the Hobbit films would finally have fallen silent since they’ve long gone into production. But nope: we were rudely jangled from a pleasant lull today by the clattering noise that Billy Connolly has been added to the sprawling Hobbit ensemble.

Jackson released a statement to the Heat Vision Blog today announcing that Connolly was on board. “We could not think of a more fitting actor to play Dain Ironfoot, the staunchest and toughest of Dwarves, than Billy Connelly (sic), the Big Yin himself," the director enthuses. "With Billy stepping into this role, the cast of The Hobbit is now complete. We can't wait to see him on the battlefield!"

Complete, the man says. We won’t believe it until both films are out in their final version on shiny disc, or direct brain download.

For those keeping count, the main cast for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There And Back Again now runs to approximately 17 million actors. Or, to put it in a less silly way, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Lee Pace, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Fry, Barry Humphries, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Sylvester McCoy, Jed Brophy, Dean O’Gorman, Mark Hadlow, James Nesbitt, Peter Hambleton, Graham McTavish, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, john Callen, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Adam Brown, Aidan Turner, Benedict Cumberbatch and many more.

Expect the first film on December 14 this year and the second on December 13, 2013.

Connolly will also be heard as a voice in Pixar’s Brave, which arrives here on August 13.


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RE: Not sure at all
L: Wild about Wilder Lets hope nobody on set makes any remarks as we know how touchy The Big Yin can be of late. x2.gif] e can be a moody cunt sometimes. More

Posted by Spaldron at 15:10 on 20 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Not sure at all
Lets hope nobody on set makes any remarks as we know how touchy The Big Yin can be of late. x2.gif] More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 09:38 on 20 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Not sure at all
Why would he take issue with art decco? It's a fantastic style. Just can't wrap my head around that criticism. More

Posted by King of Kafiristan at 18:48 on 19 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Not sure at all
L: Scruffybobby Saw a bit of Connolly's Route 66 show the other day and was reminded of this little quote from the book accompanying the series rt deco lovers get on my tits. They're the kind of people who read The Rings e movies about little ginky punkies attacking wanky wonkies. I wouldn't let my corpse be taken to a movie like thate] So I guess we'll not be seeing you at the premiere Billy? e's had a go at LOTR before in his stand up on the World Tour of New Zealand More

Posted by Spaldron at 18:03 on 17 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Not sure at all
I dont have much time for Connolly myself. But its a certainty he will crack a joke in The Hobbit.Maybe one of his crude sexual jokes? More

Posted by OPEN YOUR EYES at 13:12 on 17 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Not sure at all
Saw a bit of Connolly's Route 66 show the other day and was reminded of this little quote from the book accompanying the series deco lovers get on my tits. They're the kind of people who read The Rings e movies about little ginky punkies attacking wanky wonkies. I wouldn't let my corpse be taken to a movie like that So I guess we'll not be seeing you at the premiere Billy? More

Posted by Scruffybobby at 12:16 on 17 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Not sure at all
L: Simon124 I have to agree Fierce, I can't help but get the feeling that PJ is being forced to comprimise a bit here; First the story in 2 films a la Potter/ Twilight, then 3D, now casting household family freindly names you can recognise, not that it's such a bad thing, but Fry and Connolly will need to tone it down a bit... My understanding is that Del Torro wanted to keep it a simple contained children's story in one film, and then do the "bridge film". It was Jackson who wa More

Posted by King of Kafiristan at 15:34 on 10 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Stunt Casting
L: waltham1979 L: elab49 I'd repeat then that you've maybe just seen Connolly playing Connolly, by and large. He's given some very respectable acting performances in the past.  b]I really liked Connolly's performance in the last X-Files film; completely against type and a very believable performance for a very conflicted character...ote] He was the only good thing about that film. L: boristhespie Maybe Connely, 't act,te] He's been nominated for a BAFTA and More

Posted by Spaldron at 15:18 on 10 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Stunt Casting
Maybe Connely, who can't act, should concentrate on increasing the thickness o his skin and actually give the audiences on his current UK standup tour the full show they paid for. Connelly is a bit of an arse. Always has been. As for acting I just don't like him as an actor. More

Posted by boristhespie at 14:05 on 10 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Stunt Casting
Maybe Connely, who can't act, should concentrate on increasing the thickness o his skin and actually give the audiences on his current UK standup tour the full show they paid for. Connelly is a bit of an arse. Always has been. As for acting I just don't like him as an actor. More

Posted by boristhespie at 14:05 on 10 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Stunt Casting
L: elab49 I'd repeat then that you've maybe just seen Connolly playing Connolly, by and large. He's given some very respectable acting performances in the past.  really liked Connolly's performance in the last X-Files film; completely against type and a very believable performance for a very conflicted character... More

Posted by waltham1979 at 13:44 on 10 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Stunt Casting
I'd repeat then that you've maybe just seen Connolly playing Connolly, by and large. He's given some very respectable acting performances in the past.  More

Posted by elab49 at 13:05 on 10 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Stunt Casting
L: fiercehairdo L: waltham1979 L: fiercehairdo This article sums up the problems with stunt casting quite nicely: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/filmblog/2012/feb/09/hob bit-peter-jackson-billy-connolly ow is this stunt casting?! This is the most ridiculous article I have ever read and utterly lazy journalism!! Is the Gaurdian actually trying to convince people that actors the likes of Sylvester McCoy are household names in the UK?! Peter Jackson's casting of the li More

Posted by waltham1979 at 13:03 on 10 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Stunt Casting
L: waltham1979 L: fiercehairdo This article sums up the problems with stunt casting quite nicely: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/filmblog/2012/feb/09/hob bit-peter-jackson-billy-connolly ow is this stunt casting?! This is the most ridiculous article I have ever read and utterly lazy journalism!! Is the Gaurdian actually trying to convince people that actors the likes of Sylvester McCoy are household names in the UK?! Peter Jackson's casting of the likes of Liv Tyler, Sean Be More

Posted by fiercehairdo at 10:55 on 10 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Stunt Casting
L: fiercehairdo This article sums up the problems with stunt casting quite nicely: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/filmblog/2012/feb/09/hob bit-peter-jackson-billy-connolly ow is this stunt casting?! This is the most ridiculous article I have ever read and utterly lazy journalism!! Is the Gaurdian actually trying to convince people that actors the likes of Sylvester McCoy are household names in the UK?! Peter Jackson's casting of the likes of Liv Tyler, Sean Bean, Sir Ian McCellen, Ia More

Posted by waltham1979 at 08:48 on 10 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Stunt Casting
What a very parochial article. People in the UK might have some familiarity with a bunch of British TV names, but the money comes from the US for whom most of those names are possibly even bigger nonentities than the original unknowns were. n't have much screen time, yet needs to make an instant impact: casting an actor of Connolly's status and gravitas instantly does the trick, but it's a quick and easy fix to a problem that (for me) deserved a more honest solutionnd what in heavens n More

Posted by elab49 at 21:42 on 09 February 2012 | Report This Post

Stunt Casting
This article sums up the problems with stunt casting quite nicely: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/filmblog/2012/feb/09/hob bit-peter-jackson-billy-connolly More

Posted by fiercehairdo at 21:08 on 09 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: .
This article sums up the problems with all the stunt casting nicely: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/filmblog/2012/feb/09/hob bit-peter-jackson-billy-connolly More

Posted by fiercehairdo at 21:05 on 09 February 2012 | Report This Post

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Posted by JediBobster at 20:14 on 09 February 2012 | Report This Post

Maybe Connolly can convince Jackson to make his films a little shorter too. More

Posted by JediBobster at 20:14 on 09 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Not sure at all
Fry, Connelly...Only Ben Elton to go and it's a veritable Monarchy Arserlicker Jackpot. Go, Jackson! More

Posted by horribleives at 18:52 on 09 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Not sure at all
Just hope nobody heckles him on set... More

Posted by KeithM at 16:44 on 09 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Not sure at all
L: Simon124 I have to agree Fierce, I can't help but get the feeling that PJ is being forced to comprimise a bit here; First the story in 2 films a la Potter/ Twilight, then 3D, now casting household family freindly names you can recognise, not that it's such a bad thing, but Fry and Connolly will need to tone it down a bit... don't get that at all. If PJ was being forced to compromise here (I'm assuming you mean by the studio) he would be casting Tom Cruise as Bilbo or another b More

Posted by waltham1979 at 16:07 on 09 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Not sure at all
L: Simon124 I have to agree Fierce, I can't help but get the feeling that PJ is being forced to comprimise a bit here; First the story in 2 films a la Potter/ Twilight, then 3D, now casting household family freindly names you can recognise, not that it's such a bad thing, but Fry and Connolly will need to tone it down a bit... hear they might be casting Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders too More

Posted by OPEN YOUR EYES at 16:04 on 09 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Not sure at all
I have to agree Fierce, I can't help but get the feeling that PJ is being forced to comprimise a bit here; First the story in 2 films a la Potter/ Twilight, then 3D, now casting household family freindly names you can recognise, not that it's such a bad thing, but Fry and Connolly will need to tone it down a bit...   More

Posted by Simon124 at 15:35 on 09 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Not sure at all
L: fiercehairdo This reminds me of PJ casting Jack Black in King Kong... it didn't come off because one just keeps seeing Jack Black and not the character. nolly is less of an actor than Black.ote] This is one hilarious quote. More

Posted by Spaldron at 12:41 on 09 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Inspired
Now that's just harsh! He ACTS like a plank of wood, but definately pretty (BTW - with you on the Christian Bale thing, but then I'm a hetrosexual female!) More

Posted by Halfling at 12:26 on 09 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Not sure at all
I have the same worry - a big 'yes' to Billy in Mrs Brown, but other than that (see The Last Samurai where he even tried an Irish accent!) it's been Billy Connolly starring as Billy Connolly. Even more so with Stephen Fry. Outcome? One slight worry amidst my general hysterical excitement at the Hobbit movies returning us to PJ's Middle Earth. Please prove me wrong Peter Jackson (but even more so, Messrs Connolly and Fry!!) More

Posted by paddyh28 at 12:19 on 09 February 2012 | Report This Post

Inspired
Pretty??!?!!! Really???? I mean don't get me wrong I appreciate a good looking man as much as the next hertosexual man with an odd man crush!! (Hmm Christian Bale....!!) But Bloom just looks like a plank of wood with a bad, porn star goatie with a chin!! More

Posted by waltham1979 at 11:30 on 09 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Inspired
But he only reeeeally has to look pretty...........and he IS pretty! More

Posted by Halfling at 11:20 on 09 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Not sure at all
Understand what you're saying, though he was superb in Mrs Brown, but I think once he gets the 'dwarf costume' on, you won't think twice. Personally, I'm made up - this cast is just so fantastic. My only disappointment is PJ claiming that casting is now complete - I've been holding out for a Viggo spot for months!! More

Posted by Halfling at 11:19 on 09 February 2012 | Report This Post

Inspired
Love the Big Yin and the man can act. HOWEVER one man who cannot act for toffee is Orlando Bloom - he sticks out on the list like a poo floating in an otherwise delicious soup!! Thought he was terrible in LOTR and he has continued to be terrible in everything he has been in since!! *shudders at the thought of seeing him in another film* More

Posted by waltham1979 at 11:18 on 09 February 2012 | Report This Post

Not sure at all
Sorry, but every time I've seen Billy Connolly in a movie it has killed the illusion because Billy Connolly only does Billy Connolly. Some people's personas are too big, too defined, to be reconfigured into the illusion of other characters. This reminds me of PJ casting Jack Black in King Kong... it didn't come off because one just keeps seeing Jack Black and not the character. And Connolly is less of an actor than Black. To be honest I have a similar problem with Stephen Fry in movies - just c More

Posted by fiercehairdo at 11:07 on 09 February 2012 | Report This Post

Inspired casting from PJ!
What a great bit of casting for The Hobbit. Seriously cant wait for the first instalment. Getting to visit Middle Earth every Christmas with the missus and family was magical and we are all hyped we get to go back again for two more years starting this year. My biggest wish is after these movies are done that Peter Jackson adapts the Silmarillion. I have the feeling he will be done after these tho! More

Posted by willy2fly at 09:39 on 09 February 2012 | Report This Post

Inspired casting from PJ!
What a great bit of casting for The Hobbit. Seriously cant wait for the first instalment. Getting to visit Middle Earth every Christmas with the missus and family was magical and we are all hyped we get to go back again for two more years starting this year. My biggest wish is after these movies are done that Peter Jackson adapts the Silmarillion. I have the feeling he will be done after these tho! More

Posted by willy2fly at 09:39 on 09 February 2012 | Report This Post

Inspired casting from PJ!
What a great bit of casting for The Hobbit. Seriously cant wait for the first instalment. Getting to visit Middle Earth every Christmas with the missus and family was magical and we are all hyped we get to go back again for two more years starting this year. My biggest wish is after these movies are done that Peter Jackson adapts the Silmarillion. I have the feeling he will be done after these tho! More

Posted by willy2fly at 09:38 on 09 February 2012 | Report This Post

Magic.
He's had his ropey moments in film, but if Jackson keeps him disciplined with a good mix of respect for the material and just being himself, you could easily get some of Middle Earth's funniest moments. More

Posted by partybee at 07:47 on 09 February 2012 | Report This Post


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