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Tobey Maguire in talks to play Bilbo?
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Patty
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Dec 16 2009, 1:35am

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Agreed! Since my horse is too tall to run [In reply to] Can't Post

(Hugh Bonneville) I'm another PM female for Freeman.

* and I just loved McAvoy in Becoming Jane and Penelope*

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Drizzt
The Shire


Dec 16 2009, 2:34am

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Webbed feet? [In reply to] Can't Post

When I first read the headline with the wording "webbed feet" I thought of a duck. What the heck? Spiders don't have feet. Legs, yes. Feet, no. Shelob might be a bit miffed at the disregard for her correct anatomical makeup.

Tobey as Bilbo would be weird. Not bad, not good, just weird.


Eowyn of Penns Woods
Valinor


Dec 16 2009, 6:17am

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Clearly, our reputation as a "femine" board precedes us. Quick! Hide the Barbies! ;) // [In reply to] Can't Post



ringer5150
The Shire


Dec 16 2009, 8:46am

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The comic book fan of the family [In reply to] Can't Post

My 13year old comic book fan son debunked this rumor for me LOL! He started asking how is Tobey gonna do spiderman 4 and THE HOBBIT at the same time. He showed me his wizard magazine with Sam Raimi's interview that say S4 goes into production in 2010. Smile I assured him that tobey will be sporting the spidey costume rather than sporting hairy feet.


squire
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Dec 16 2009, 10:20am

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squire
Half-elven


Dec 16 2009, 10:40am

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"Just as" means "in the same way that" [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm not sure I understand exactly what you mean by "Just as Ian McKellan IS Gandalf, Cate Blanchette IS Galadriel, and Elijah Wood IS Frodo, Martin Freeman IS Bilbo!"

McKellan, Blanchette, and Wood performed in those roles, on film. So we have a basis for saying, or at least asserting, that they are the best possible actors for those roles.

Did I miss an existing performance of Bilbo by Mr. Freeman, that would let us say the same for him?




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Tim
Tol Eressea


Dec 16 2009, 6:05pm

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C'mon don't be cheeky [In reply to] Can't Post

The person was saying they see Freeman as Bilbo in the same way they see the others as the roles they played.

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Kangi Ska
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Dec 16 2009, 7:04pm

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thesithempire
Rivendell

Dec 16 2009, 7:11pm

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The embodiment of a character [In reply to] Can't Post

Exactly, 5x5. And in fact, I had been saying Cate Blanchette IS Galadriel since I first saw her in Elizabeth, long before I knew she'd been cast in the role (I think before I even knew they were filming LOTR).

For Ian McKellan, it was the moment Gandalf rode onto the screen that my jaw dropped and I thought THAT's him! THAT's Gandalf! It was a very odd and wondrous moment, like seeing the book come to life in a way I didn't think possible.

When the possibility of filming The Hobbit was first discussed, only one actor came to mind as the ultimate embodiment of that character: Martin Freeman.

Anyone else will be a tremendous letdown and missed opportunity.


Silverlode
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Dec 16 2009, 7:21pm

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Or just possibly.... [In reply to] Can't Post

a marvelous surprise?

Speaking as another Martin Freeman supporter, it would be as well to remember that there may be others out there as well or even better suited to the role but we just don't know them. They did a very impressive job of casting for LOTR, I have hopes that they will do as well for The Hobbit.

I'd love to see MF cast, but even if he's not, I'm still going to keep an open mind and give GDT and PJ a chance to win me over to their choice.

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thesithempire
Rivendell

Dec 16 2009, 7:31pm

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Unknown... maybe. [In reply to] Can't Post


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<<Speaking as another Martin Freeman supporter, it would be as well to remember that there may be others out there as well or even better suited to the role but we just don't know them. They did a very impressive job of casting for LOTR, I have hopes that they will do as well for The Hobbit.

I'd love to see MF cast, but even if he's not, I'm still going to keep an open mind and give GDT and PJ a chance to win me over to their choice.>>

I'd be far more willing to give an unknown actor, who's appearance and personality seem right for the role, a chance than any of the names that have been bandied about -- apart from Freeman -- that are so clearly wrong for the role, e.g., James McAvoy. As an elf or a human, McAvoy's got my support. He's not a Hobbit and he's sure as hell NOT Bilbo! Mad



gmanzano
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Dec 16 2009, 10:48pm

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What's the issue with Ian Holm again? [In reply to] Can't Post

The Hobbit clearly states that Bilbo is 50 years old. In Hollywood, we have people in their mid-twenties playing high school teenagers. Even if Holm is in his early 60's, I don't see a problem with him reprising the role. I mean they have footage of him already in the flashback sequences. Sorry ... just found out that he's 78. Nevertheless, they are not casting for Frodo and I don't see why they are insisting on selecting someone that doesn't fit the age bracket?


Mr.A.Crowley
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Dec 17 2009, 8:05am

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ME TOO! MCAVOY ! He's the best, by far. [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Mr.A.Crowley
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Dec 17 2009, 8:07am

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How can you choose anyone over James? He is so brilliant! And this from a dude. [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Owain
Tol Eressea


Dec 17 2009, 8:37am

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gmanzano... welcome to the boards [In reply to] Can't Post

The Ian Holm question is one that has been turned over quite a few times... I think its just a simple matter of his age and the requirements for the part. Being almost 80, the trek to New Zealand, the demands of over a year of shooting (possibly more with re-shooting) and the physicality of the role might be too much to ask of the well loved and admired Mr. Holm.Smile

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Annael
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Dec 17 2009, 4:52pm

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It's not up to me, y'know [In reply to] Can't Post

I agree he's brilliant. I've loved everything he's done. But that doesn't mean someone else couldn't be brilliant in the role too. And I like the idea of an unknown because then the chances are greater that I will be watching BILBO, not an actor I admire playing Bilbo, y'know?

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Isildur's Bane
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Dec 23 2009, 2:43am

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Ehh.... [In reply to] Can't Post

Not sure...


the_eye_of_kyi
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Dec 31 2009, 12:27am

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Tobey as Bilbo? Nuh Uh! [In reply to] Can't Post

MadI would hate for him to play Bilbo. I think James McEvoy would make a wonderful choice for Bilbo as he's a tremendously talented actor, but apparently that's only wishful thinking. So I hope someone that appreciates Tolkein and is a REALLY taleneted actor should be cast. And no one from America can really play the part.


the_eye_of_kyi
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Dec 31 2009, 12:38am

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As an American... [In reply to] Can't Post

In reviewing who Martin Freeman is, I think he'd make a wonderful Bilbo Baggins. He's got the qualities that can make a Bilbo. And looks the part! Hope it works out for him. He truly deserves it. And honestly he's not too well known by name or even face over here in the States.

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