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Jack Thompson a lock for Thorin Oakenshield?
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Pipe Dream
Gondor


May 4 2010, 9:29am

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Jack Thompson a lock for Thorin Oakenshield? Can't Post

Don't really know about this guy. Check out this rumor at Ain't it Cool news: http://www.aintitcool.com/node/44926


(This post was edited by Pipe Dream on May 4 2010, 9:30am)


Vangalad
Lorien


May 4 2010, 10:28am

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

He looks dwarvish with the beard and all that, but Thorin needs to have a strong and sharp personality..I don't know this man's acting abilities but i hope they get to have the top choice for the role.


Pipe Dream
Gondor


May 4 2010, 11:26am

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Quick clips of ol' Jack. [In reply to] Can't Post

Looks to me, to be from the same event this report claims to be from, (notice the Darth Vader helmet on the table in both the AICN pic and on the first video) seems odd that his claimed Hobbit involvement wasn't also included.
Anyway, gives you a feel for the guy. It seems he has had some serious back trouble in the past so I threw in a link to his pain management testimonial as well.

Press clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoGL7BJxYUY

Testimonial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwXfQejfbYA


(This post was edited by Pipe Dream on May 4 2010, 11:31am)


Laerasyn
Bree


May 4 2010, 11:40am

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Thanks for those videos! [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks for posting those. For anyone else who's interested, you can follow the youtube links for more stuff on him.

He certainly does look dwarf-ish... I always imagined Thorin with harsher features; he looks more like a kind, wise uncle than a proud deposed king. But that of course has more to do with his acting than anything else. Unfortunately, I'm having trouble finding any clips where he's actually acting rather than talking...

'Good and ill have not change since yesteryear; nor are they one thing among Elves and Dwarves and another among Men. It is a man's part to discern them, as much in the Golden Wood as in his own house.'



Pipe Dream
Gondor


May 4 2010, 11:51am

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Cliegg Lars!?... [In reply to] Can't Post

Too funny, didn't realize that. (why would I?) He was in Star Wars Episode II as Anakin's Father-in-law...the Darth Vader helmet makes sense now.

Here's his filmography at IMDB:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0860233/


Nesse
Lorien

May 4 2010, 12:33pm

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never heard of him but... [In reply to] Can't Post

He certainly looks the part although it would be good to have someone like Brian Cox I love the idea of lesser known actors as you havent got huge expectations of them and they could really suprise you as we seen in LotR. Im all for him being Thorin, and it would be great to hear that things were begining to roll regarding TH.


Pipe Dream
Gondor


May 4 2010, 12:39pm

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Here's a clip of a smaller part. [In reply to] Can't Post

For those few people who haven't seen STAR WARS Episode II here's Jack Thompson as Cliegg Lars.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuvQyrhsZJk


Marionette
Rohan


May 4 2010, 4:14pm

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Looks great! [In reply to] Can't Post

Oh my gosh I like him to be Thorin!!!

Better than the rumours. If Brian Blessed cant be Thorin then hes great too

"Dear friend good bye, no tears in my eyes.
So sad it ends, as it began"



Kangi Ska
Half-elven


May 4 2010, 4:30pm

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Definitely a serious contender: [In reply to] Can't Post

He has the look and the voice. He was even touched by Star Wars. May the 4th be with us.

Kangi Ska

There is no place like the Shire...There is no place like the Shire...There is no place like the Shire...

At night one cannot tell if crows are black or white.


Man on Fire


Compa_Mighty
Tol Eressea


May 4 2010, 4:32pm

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Wow.. Cliegg Lars [In reply to] Can't Post

Wouldn't have recognized him. He looks dwarvish (dwarven?) indeed. Seems really odd that he would say so at this point. We'll have to wait and see.

I'm still in the Brian Cox camp. This guy looks too nice.... Thorin was a little less likeable, so to speak. Wink

Here's to Del Toro becoming the Irvin Kershner of Middle Earth!

Essay winner of the Show us your Hobbit Pride Giveway!

(This post was edited by Compa_Mighty on May 4 2010, 4:37pm)


SirDennisC
Half-elven


May 4 2010, 5:30pm

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Looks just like him [In reply to] Can't Post

that is the Thorin in my brain. Lock him down!


roygbiv
The Shire


May 4 2010, 6:56pm

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Jack looks good [In reply to] Can't Post

Jack looks like a good fit for Thorin.

Now I wish there were parts for older women too!!!
There always is in England. None in America.

Hop along, my little friends, up the Withywindle!
Tom's going on ahead candles for to kindle.
Down west sinks the Sun: soon you will be groping.
When the night-shadows fall, then the door will open,
Out of the window-panes light will twinkle yellow.
Fear no alder black! Heed no hoary willow!
Fear neither root nor bough! Tom goes on before you.
Hey now! merry dol! We'll be waiting for you!


carrioncrow
Lorien

May 5 2010, 12:52am

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second clip [In reply to] Can't Post

sorry to say, the second clip ( the 'pain clip' ) is almost a testimonial to why he may not get the gig.

Good for him if he has found a way of dealing with his pain in a way that 'allows him to work' and even 'carry things'.

The reality of movie fakery is that this is going to be a long, physically demanding challenge for any actor who plays one of the 13 dwarves let alone the highest profile lead role among the 13. The actor for the role of Thorin is going to have MANY early calls for heavy duty detailed, restrictive and uncomfortable prosthetics and costume.

It may be an unacceptable risk for them to sign an actor who has these problems at the outset.

Remember the oft cited physical problems RhysDavies suffered in the role and lessons learned won't be forget by the production team


Malbeth the Seer
Registered User


May 5 2010, 4:36am

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I will add [In reply to] Can't Post

that Mr. Thompson has connections to Guillermo...he has a role in "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," currently in post-production, that GDT is a screenwriter for. Just an interesting factoid.
But I still would love Brian Cox...

"From the North shall he come, need shall drive him:
he shall pass the Door to the Paths of the Dead."


sticklebat
Lorien


May 5 2010, 7:27am

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now that would be cool... [In reply to] Can't Post

even if my first choice Brian Blessed (who in my opinion would be Thorin to complete perfection)...

Jack Thompson works for me as well...I say cast him, or Brian.

Tri duath telich na estel lin...a si gerich naid bain anirach.


Captain Salt
Tol Eressea


May 5 2010, 2:45pm

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Personally, I really want Brian Cox... [In reply to] Can't Post

I mean, Woody Allen. But definitely one of them.

Samuel L. Jackson for Bilbo, Woody Allen for Thorin, Lewis Black for Bard and Gilbert Gottfried for Smaug!

MAKE IT HAPPEN, PETER AND GUILLERMO!!!


terrymerry
Rivendell


May 5 2010, 3:10pm

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I`d would choose Brian [In reply to] Can't Post

 
Jack Thompson looks the part, and the sound of his voice is wonderful...But an Australian accent really won`t do ...Pirate


Kangi Ska
Half-elven


May 5 2010, 4:59pm

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He is an actor. I would bet he can do accents.// [In reply to] Can't Post

 

Kangi Ska

There is no place like the Shire...There is no place like the Shire...There is no place like the Shire...

At night one cannot tell if crows are black or white.


Man on Fire


Laerasyn
Bree


May 5 2010, 6:00pm

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I'm certain that won't be a problem... [In reply to] Can't Post

The LotR trilogy had plenty of people with different accents, and it worked out fine. Doesn't Karl Urban have a kiwi accent? And he's done all kinds of accents in other films. As an actor, I'm sure that his accent can be easily worked around. I'd be more worried about the physical demands of the role, as some one else up there mentioned.

'Good and ill have not change since yesteryear; nor are they one thing among Elves and Dwarves and another among Men. It is a man's part to discern them, as much in the Golden Wood as in his own house.'



Sunflower
Valinor

May 5 2010, 6:38pm

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*Just popping in* [In reply to] Can't Post

Really a darned shame about his back. The shoot is going to be just as long and physically demanding a process as LOTR was (no matter how they try to prevent it and all the precautions beforehand, NZ weather even in summer is unpredictable, kind of like weather around here, lol) you never know what can happen.

For these reasons I prefer to not get my hopes up about any one actor, I will just wait and see.


Oh, and goodness, now we have two Leara's! Welcome, Learasyn! We may have to find a name to distinguish you frlom our dear friend and longtime contributor Laerasea.
So if you've got any ideas for a good nickname, let us know:)


(This post was edited by Sunflower on May 5 2010, 6:41pm)


Kangi Ska
Half-elven


May 5 2010, 6:42pm

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There Are 13 Dwarfs: [In reply to] Can't Post

Room for all and sundry.

Kangi Ska

There is no place like the Shire...There is no place like the Shire...There is no place like the Shire...

At night one cannot tell if crows are black or white.


Man on Fire


Huor
Registered User


May 5 2010, 9:16pm

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Nice! [In reply to] Can't Post

 He could be good Thorin,or some other dwarf sure!Smile


roygbiv
The Shire


May 6 2010, 5:13pm

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dear me, dear me [In reply to] Can't Post

Woody Allen?? Are you serious? I want Woody Allen to stay miles away from the Hobbit. Gracious me NO.

Also,
hey guys, that's why it's called acting - an accent doesn't matter for skilled actors.
Plus, Americans can't tell the difference between a kiwi and an aussie accent anyway.

Hop along, my little friends, up the Withywindle!
Tom's going on ahead candles for to kindle.
Down west sinks the Sun: soon you will be groping.
When the night-shadows fall, then the door will open,
Out of the window-panes light will twinkle yellow.
Fear no alder black! Heed no hoary willow!
Fear neither root nor bough! Tom goes on before you.
Hey now! merry dol! We'll be waiting for you!


Eldy
Gondor


May 6 2010, 5:23pm

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Americans are only a small fraction of the world's population // [In reply to] Can't Post

 



There's a feeling I get, when I look to the West...



Kangi Ska
Half-elven


May 6 2010, 5:44pm

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There are Americans and there are Americans and then...// [In reply to] Can't Post

 

Kangi Ska

There is no place like the Shire...There is no place like the Shire...There is no place like the Shire...

At night one cannot tell if crows are black or white.


Man on Fire

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