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Richard Armitage as Thorin
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Oct 22 2010, 1:14pm

Post #1 of 43 (4999 views)
Richard Armitage as Thorin Can't Post

There's been a lot of discussion since yesterday's casting announcements about Richard Armitage playing the role of Thorin Oakenshield. After all, he doesn't 'seem' to fit the role after a quick glance. Well, thanks to Photoshop, and Ringer Ringer WouterG, we can at least get a better picture of what he might appear like in The Hobbit films. Click the image for a larger version. Enjoy!

Tol Eressea

Oct 22 2010, 7:22pm

Post #2 of 43 (1922 views)
LOL! Nice job WouterG... [In reply to] Can't Post

He still has a come hither look in his eye. Wink

"Question everything, embrace the bad, and hold on to the good."


Oct 22 2010, 7:29pm

Post #3 of 43 (1904 views)
Amazing: [In reply to] Can't Post

I was incredibly shocked first I read the news this morning that he'd been cast as Thorin. But as the hours has passed by, I'm starting to think he can actually pull this off. Beards + makeup + prosethetics + general movie magic = A possible great Thorin.

After all, this is PJ' s call. And it seems to me he was very impressed. And I trust that...

The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.

Registered User

Oct 22 2010, 7:30pm

Post #4 of 43 (1833 views)
Great job [In reply to] Can't Post

Looks the part to me. It will be fun to hear about everyone that was considered for the role and who might have turned it down. RA will do a great job.


Oct 22 2010, 7:33pm

Post #5 of 43 (1904 views)
no no no... [In reply to] Can't Post

I know this is PS, but my lord. Let's just wait and see how he really looks. In the PS above, he looks like he is part of some broadway play...Lord of the Dwarves. Sly

Tol Eressea

Oct 22 2010, 7:37pm

Post #6 of 43 (1804 views)
YES, EXACTLY what I just posted about a second ago. [In reply to] Can't Post


He's going to look completely different folks this gives us a good example of how much.

King Arthur: Who are you who can summon fire without flint or tinder?
Tim: There are some who call me... Tim?


Oct 22 2010, 7:39pm

Post #7 of 43 (1789 views)
or [In reply to] Can't Post

the love child of a Klingon and a Dwarf ;)

The Trees will have their revenge! And they will have it in glorious 2D!

Tol Eressea

Oct 22 2010, 7:46pm

Post #8 of 43 (1887 views)
Awful nose! [In reply to] Can't Post

Ugh, he got a Saruman nose.

AlassŽa Eruvande

Oct 22 2010, 7:47pm

Post #9 of 43 (1830 views)
*giggles uncontrollably* [In reply to] Can't Post

"Come hither", indeed!


And suddenly the Tornadoes saw afar off a greenlight, as it were a cloud with a living heart of flame;
and they knew that this was no vision only, but that PJ had made a new thing: The Hobbit, the Film that Is.

Tol Eressea

Oct 22 2010, 7:48pm

Post #10 of 43 (1815 views)
Not sure I want to know who else was considered [In reply to] Can't Post

Sure, it can be interesting. But it can also be depressing. It depends on who was chosen and who wasn't...

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Tol Eressea

Oct 22 2010, 7:50pm

Post #11 of 43 (1787 views)
Looks quite good... [In reply to] Can't Post

Seeing as Thorin is pretty much the "Aragorn" of TH, (Warrior King in exile who returns to reclaim his ancestral homeland), let's see if Richard Armitage ends up as the "Viggo Mortensen" of The Hobbit!

No preasure, Richard...Tongue

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



Oct 22 2010, 7:50pm

Post #12 of 43 (1778 views)
yeah [In reply to] Can't Post

I envision the nose as bigger, more prominent but I'm sure that will all be taken care of

The Trees will have their revenge! And they will have it in glorious 2D!

Tol Eressea

Oct 22 2010, 7:52pm

Post #13 of 43 (1859 views)
I just look at him and hear Sean Connery's voice. [In reply to] Can't Post

Yesshh. I am a dwawf. Fear me AND love me.LaughLaughLaugh

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Oct 22 2010, 7:52pm

Post #14 of 43 (1733 views)
agreed.... [In reply to] Can't Post



Oct 22 2010, 8:04pm

Post #15 of 43 (1763 views)
Agree [In reply to] Can't Post

I was a bit dubious at first but knowing that RA is a great actor and has often mentioned that he loved The Hobbit as a child, I'm sure he will make a good Thorin. No doubt the make up department will do its magic with beards etc.


Oct 22 2010, 8:07pm

Post #16 of 43 (1789 views)
That's his real nose ... [In reply to] Can't Post

... And not too out of place in that dwarven hair and beard. He looks rather similar to Alan Lee's illustrations in The Hhobbit.


Oct 22 2010, 8:22pm

Post #17 of 43 (1702 views)
I also agree ! [In reply to] Can't Post

He is first and foremost a very good actor. we all know the make up and SFX departments are going to be the very best in the business. So i see no reason why they cant pull this off.
Maybe Peter Jackson knows exactly what he's doing and we'll all be pleasantly surprised! Cool

N.E. Brigand

Oct 22 2010, 8:30pm

Post #18 of 43 (1682 views)
Why do many people think Dwarves should have large noses? // [In reply to] Can't Post


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The Shire

Oct 22 2010, 8:41pm

Post #19 of 43 (1728 views)
Don't believe... [In reply to] Can't Post

...he'll look much like that.

This is an ensemble cast with possibly 13 dwarves, they've got to make each one a personality, they've got to allow each actor to express himself. They can't have every one under thick wigs and prosthetics. The audience won't be able to follow who's who.

They'll look like dwarves, but they won't all be made up like JRD was as Gimli, particularly central characters like Thorin.


Oct 22 2010, 8:47pm

Post #20 of 43 (1677 views)
Right, keeping in mind this is not a Disney dwarf....erase that memory... [In reply to] Can't Post

I always pictured them as usually bearded, muscular, grim faced - basically shorter in stature men - but generally less attractive in features. Some may have large noses but not all..some are fat but not all....just like us. Keeping in mind they were Aule's poor imitation of mankind. I am sure we will be happy with the appearances.....

I suspect the production will not use the same make up techniques that JRD had to endure...maybe very little make up.

(This post was edited by Eruonen on Oct 22 2010, 8:51pm)

Grey Havens

Oct 22 2010, 8:58pm

Post #21 of 43 (1619 views)
If they decide [In reply to] Can't Post

To use less prosthetics for the dwarves, I wonder if they'll use the same aging technique they used on Bernard Hill for the bewitched Theoden.

Or maybe they've decided to go with a considerably younger portrayal of Thorin - for which reason I cannot understand.


Oct 22 2010, 9:03pm

Post #22 of 43 (1707 views)
Thorin was only about 195 years old...with a dwarvish life expectancy of [In reply to] Can't Post

anywhere from 250-500 years....he was in his prime..not old.

Gimli was about 139-40

(This post was edited by Eruonen on Oct 22 2010, 9:05pm)


Oct 22 2010, 9:13pm

Post #23 of 43 (1640 views)
Brian Blessed [In reply to] Can't Post

Not to hijack this thread, but I'd REALLY love now to see Brian Blessed get a role - either as a dwarf, or as Beon.

I mean look at these images - PJ can save on makeup and prostheses - this guy already looks the part!



Oct 22 2010, 9:22pm

Post #24 of 43 (1629 views)
If not a dwarf...how about as the Great Goblin! [In reply to] Can't Post



Oct 22 2010, 9:26pm

Post #25 of 43 (1567 views)
At the end of the Third Age [In reply to] Can't Post

It would be very rare for a dwarf to live more than 250 years. Armitage is too young for the role, but since PJ chose him he must have good reasons for that.

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