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May 29 2008, 8:41pm

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Why do people even think Ian Holm could do it?

This is exactly right. Its time to move on. Not only does it make no sense that Ian Holm could play Bilbo for the majority of the film, but PJ and GDT have outright said it is going to be someone else and Holm will be used in some other way. It seems a pretty fair assumption that Holm will or may be narrating the opening and closing of the film.

My wife is one of the "only Ian Holm can be Bilbo" people. The one thing that puzzles me is why people think Ian Holm could play a nearly 30 year younger version of himself. There are no believable make up or visual FX for this currently and even what is out there (like the horrible younger Magneto in X-Men 3) are unconvincing and expensive. Doing that for a whole movie to the lead actor is simply ridiculous and not going to happen.

The key here is that Ian Holm already looked old even in the prologue which was filmed 9 years ago! Why then will he be able to play Bilbo in The Hobbit now that he is 76 years old (9 years older than when he first donned the youthing makeup). Personally I think he looked weird with dark hair and wrinkles. Imagine how he would look now. Ridiculous and unconvincing.

I just find it bizarre that anyone can seriously think Ian Holm can play the younger Bilbo at this stage. I wish he could, I really do, but reality sucks sometimes.

I do think McAvoy would do well as Bilbo, but since GDT has already dispelled what is nothing but another ridiculous rumor from British tabloids (worst papers in the world) I think there is still hope for the relatively unknown Martin Freeman to bring his quiet charm to the role of Bilbo. :-D

Otherwise, I hope GDT surprises us with an inspired choice.

BTW: I think GDT is casting Ron Perlman for Beorn, not Thorin as suggested on tORNs main page. Perlman's role as the Beast in Beauty and the Beast, and also GDTs mentioning of his interest in the shape changing character seem like an obvious connection, more so than Thorin. Beorn just seems more like Perlman's sort of character.

(This post was edited by merklynn on May 29 2008, 8:43pm)

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Post edited by merklynn (Lorien) on May 29 2008, 8:43pm

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