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KEY ROLES FILLED BY STUART TOWNSEND, SAIORSE RONAN FOR THE HOBBIT
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Bound
Rohan


Apr 1 2011, 5:12pm

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For those saying it's bad taste... [In reply to] Can't Post

I wrote this on the facebook page and i'm just repeating it here..

Its clearly an april fools joke, and people shouldnt react so personally to defend Stuart Townsend, he's a paid actor, being fired from movies is a part of his high paid profession.

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Arwen's daughter
Half-elven


Apr 1 2011, 5:20pm

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This is my favorite part... [In reply to] Can't Post

Monsters & Critics just picked it up. http://www.monstersandcritics.com/...oles-in-Middle-Earth

Filmonic.com had it for a bit, but then deleted it as soon as they realized the date.

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Patty
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Apr 1 2011, 5:24pm

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My only thought is that... [In reply to] Can't Post

he would really increase the "hunk" factor.Cool Honestly, before I remembered the date, my first impression was that I was more dismayed at the confirmation of Itaril than I was about ST being in The Hobbit.

Love how the net takes something and runs with it. Thanks for this, AD.

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Apr 1 2011, 5:39pm

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M-m-m-m...Wenchy! // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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Rivendell


Apr 1 2011, 5:50pm

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Rats! [In reply to] Can't Post

TORn gets me every year. I'm so gullible! Happy Aprils Fools Day, everyone.


Eowyn of Penns Woods
Valinor


Apr 1 2011, 6:10pm

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Indeed. It's no worse than the jokes made at his expense by posters here any other day of the year, IMO.// [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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Owain
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Apr 1 2011, 6:11pm

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Yeah... I noticed and commented on it in a different thread... [In reply to] Can't Post

pretty cool! Fun!Smile

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Owain
Tol Eressea


Apr 1 2011, 6:21pm

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I'm not really sure why people are reacting... [In reply to] Can't Post

so strongly to this. I doubt Stuart Townsend has ever been on these boards, and if he isn't used to the rumor mill that is the world wide web by now, then I would have to ask what rock he is living under.

tORN had to pick relevant topics to make the joke... Itaril and the casting of Bard seem very relevant to me. They keep coming up as topics on the boards again and again and again and again and again and again...

If Stuart Townsend can't laugh at himself after 10 years, then I would say he can hold a pretty serious grudge.

Ah well, I thought it was funny. Laugh

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AinurOlorin
Half-elven


Apr 1 2011, 6:23pm

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I've figured this for an April fool from the start. [In reply to] Can't Post

I must say though, I agree with those who say its a little insensitive to Stuart. . . if he ever reads or hears about it, at least.

As to the lovely Miss Saoirse and Itaril. . . the joke may just be on YOU and ALL of us if she is cast and that made up role is greatly expanded in the ways we worst fear. The purveyor of that particular joke had better knock on wood. . . it isn't wise to tempt the hand of Fate.

P.S., It is the role itself, or its expansion, that would be the rub, certainly not her casting therein. She looks perfectly suited to be a fair Elf Maiden.

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Owain
Tol Eressea


Apr 1 2011, 6:31pm

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Everyone needs to lighten up a little bit... [In reply to] Can't Post

It's a joke and people need to laugh... it's a part of life. And it really isn't at the expense of Stuart Townsend... it was 10 years ago and he was off the film before he even got started.

It's about context. Bard and Itaril are two hot topics... so of course they are going to joke about it. The casting of Bard and the rumor of Itaril as a character are two of the most talked about topics on tORN. Laugh

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Apr 1 2011, 6:59pm

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Love it! :D / [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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SirDennisC
Half-elven


Apr 1 2011, 7:01pm

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Well played! [In reply to] Can't Post

I was expecting a prank today and this seemed the most likely source. But once I started reading the release, and noting the format (right down to the "’s") I wasn't so sure. On the one hand ST seemed a can of worms. On the other SR seemed an acceptable angle. Balance and presentation made it seem legit.

I skipped the blurbs at the end (as usual, but how did you know that?!?!?!) so I missed the "what date is it again?" That is until DamienEngland pointed it out (bless his soul for ending my confusion).

In other words, against my better judgement, I was duped.


SirDennisC
Half-elven


Apr 1 2011, 7:05pm

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Tough call [In reply to] Can't Post

it's one of those things, especially in hindsight, that can haunt a person for a life time. And a his age 10 years isn't that long a stretch at all.


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Rohan


Apr 1 2011, 7:18pm

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Agreed [In reply to] Can't Post

Quoting The Joker:

"Why so serious?" Evil


Maiarmike
Grey Havens


Apr 1 2011, 7:39pm

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*Giggles* [In reply to] Can't Post

Some people are way too sensitive about this stuff, and that's what I love about April Fools.

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Patty
Immortal


Apr 1 2011, 8:05pm

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I think Stuart Townsend has thicker skin than this, and would probably laugh at it himself, now. [In reply to] Can't Post

Although I am sure it was painful at the time.

How's that saying go--something like, "comedy equals tragedy plus time" ? Or something like that.

Incidentally, I really thought a lot of Stuart for sitting alongside his then girlfriend Charlize Theron as she was favorited to win the Oscar the same year RotK was. He was there as support for her, in HER triumph, even though he had to have felt awkward. You've got to give the man credit.

Yeah, he really wasn't right for Aragorn. But I would like to see him succeed at something.

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Eowyn of Penns Woods
Valinor


Apr 1 2011, 8:15pm

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On a scale of 1 to 10... [In reply to] Can't Post

this doesn't even rate half a Blue Wizard for insensitivity! Silly noobs. ;)

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Lorien


Apr 1 2011, 8:34pm

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No doubt Ronan will actually be in the Hobbit [In reply to] Can't Post

I get the impression that she is holding back the news till the studio's official announcement, and I'd love to see her in the Hobbit whatever role she plays.
As for Townsend, well I didn't find the joke funny at all.


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Lorien

Apr 1 2011, 8:38pm

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Angry much? [In reply to] Can't Post


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Itaril...kill me now.

Sorry, I've tried to be positive about this project but I just HATE Peter Jackson's Tolkien films. Overblown crap from a director with no sensitivity to the material. Junk junk junk. Hate it!!!

EDIT: Oh wait, it's April 1st...oh please be a joke! I'll gladly look the fool :)



No sensitivity to the material? LOL. Certainly PJ has gone about his Tolkien film making with total disregard to the source material. A complete rape and pillaging as it were... Crazy


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Patty
Immortal


Apr 1 2011, 8:39pm

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Half a Blue Wizard--LOL [In reply to] Can't Post

I love this scale! And we need Blue back here to whoop folks into shape. Laugh

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SirDennisC
Half-elven


Apr 1 2011, 8:52pm

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Maybe it's not a joke? [In reply to] Can't Post

Maybe casting it as a joke is a way to soften some difficult news to swallow?


SMB_BOOKS
The Shire

Apr 1 2011, 9:09pm

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To clarify... [In reply to] Can't Post

I posted earlier about my thoughts on the appropriateness of the subject matter, and after reading some of the posts which came after mine, offer a little more insight into where I was coming from.....

Do I think Stuart will see the post and be extremely upset by it? Nope. Evil

Am I a naive noob who doesn't know that the entertainment industry is a business just like any other and that actors and fans need to be big boys and girls about decisions made in said business? Nope. Wink

I wasn't on TORN at the time the LOTR movies were being made. SO, I have no idea all of the discussion and scuttlebut that was going on about the recasting of Aragorn at that time. BUT, I would bet that those die-hard fans who were participating in TORN at that time had lots to "chat" about with that situation. And I'm sure there were folks on both sides of the fence who thought it was a good switch and some who thought it wasn't. Assuming that there might have been some "drama" on the board around the issue (yes, I know what assuming does) - it seemed a provocative topic to pick for a joke. Especially considering how many fans are waiting on the edge of their seat for casting news, LOL.

And for the record, I enjoy the spirit of April Fool's Day. Case in point - I thought Ian McKellen's April Fool's blog post was a hoot. Sly

I'll give TORN this - they certainly know how to spark a good debate. Wink


Ufthak
Rivendell


Apr 1 2011, 9:16pm

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Did someone mention whips? [In reply to] Can't Post


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I love this scale! And we need Blue back here to whoop folks into shape. Laugh




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willowing
Lorien

Apr 1 2011, 9:19pm

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So, it looks like it's second time lucky for the Irishman... [In reply to] Can't Post

This time around he gets the very plum role of Bard(no april fool's joke as reported on other sites) however Peter Jackson did not make a mistake by replacing Stuart with Viggo for the LOTR films.

A lucky break for both actors nonetheless.Wink

Still eagerly awaiting the call up for Orlando!Cool


Patty
Immortal


Apr 1 2011, 9:23pm

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Ufthak, you've been studying at the Kyriel School of Art again. [In reply to] Can't Post

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