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Who Should Play Balin
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TheGoblinKing
Rohan

Nov 18 2010, 6:35am

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I think it should be people known but maybe not a mega star. I think how Pete cast LOTR worked pefectly and thats why trust him in his unknown cast so far but a couple.

Here are my top 3 choices.

1 Kevin McNally.
2 JK Simmons.
3 Ray Stevenson.


Kangi Ska
Half-elven


Nov 18 2010, 9:13am

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Sam Neill would be perfect as Balin.// [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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Patty
Immortal


Nov 18 2010, 9:39am

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Pete Postlethwaite.... [In reply to] Can't Post

Gosh, I wish he could be SOMEBODY in this movie.

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PettyMim
Rivendell


Nov 18 2010, 10:04am

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Two words - "Gordon's Alive!" // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


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dormouse
Half-elven

Nov 18 2010, 10:51am

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Master of Laketown? [In reply to] Can't Post

Sorry, but I couldn't cope with him as a goody. I'd always be thinking of Sergeant Hakeswill.....


DrDeath153
Lorien

Nov 18 2010, 11:53am

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

I'd go for Bill Bailey. I think he's almost owed a part in this film, and seeing as age and authority have been practically thrown out the window in the casting of the dwarves i see no reason why he shouldn't play Balin. He also has the benefit of being part of the 'clique' of actors which Martin Freeman belongs so while i can't be 100% sure that they're good mates at least they have met and know each other's styles.

To the person who said they couldn't see Pete Poselthwaite in a non-villainous role- isn't that pretty much the greatest insult to an actor's ability? While every major actor has a role that cast's a long shadow, any actor worth their salt can at least modify it. I mean it's not like you can sit there and say 'Oh, well Laurence Olivier pretty much was doomed for me after Richard III' or 'Ian McKellen will never be anyone other than Max in Bent, it was just definitive'. How many careers of the greats would be kept forever in that bonsai state if everyone refused to suspend their disbelief that an actor can play more than one role?! It'd be tragic!Tongue

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Captain Salt
Tol Eressea


Nov 18 2010, 12:38pm

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Pete Poselthwaite has played [In reply to] Can't Post

many non-villainous characters, including his roles in The Lost World, Alien 3, The Constant Gardner and Clash of the Titans...

BTW, not sure why Bill Bailey is owed a role? Although I agree that the casting of the Dwarves has been highly eclectic...

Anyhoo, I assume that this is the role Michael Fassbender may be in negotiations for, (if not for Bard). Sam Neill would be a pretty good fit, though, except I doubt they'd cast a better-known actor as Balin than the one playing Thorin...

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

MAKE IT HAPPEN, PETER!!!


Flagg
Tol Eressea


Nov 18 2010, 2:01pm

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Stephen Fry or Bill Bailey would be good. [In reply to] Can't Post

The actor who plays Balin needs to be very likeable to maximise the effectiveness of Bilbo's friendship and the Chamber of Mazarbul scene.


dormouse
Half-elven

Nov 18 2010, 2:13pm

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Since I'm the only person who seems to have said that.... [In reply to] Can't Post

... about Pete Postlethwaite, could I just say I'm sorry. No insult was intended, to him, to his ability or to you, but that's just how I feel about it. As soon as his name's mentioned I see and hear the truly loathsome Sergeant Hakeswill (and maybe that's a tribute to his acting ability, that he played that part so well.... Also to the fact that he has a very distinctive face and voice.) I must have seen him in other parts but I don't remember them.

Perhaps I should wish they'd cast him as Balin, so he can prove me wrong! Wink


Patty
Immortal


Nov 18 2010, 4:45pm

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Pete has been a villian and a goody too... [In reply to] Can't Post

I think of him in Dragonheart and Aeon Flux and also Martin Chuzzlewit. But I agree, if an actor has been very powerful in a role that makes a particular impression on you, it's not at all unusual to have crossover baggage when you see him in something else. Happens to me all the time, that's why I'm avoiding "Sherlock" until after I see Freeman in "The Hobbit". That may not be fair, but sometimes that's just the way the mind works. I don't think it's an insult to his acting ability at all.

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TheGoblinKing
Rohan

Nov 18 2010, 5:34pm

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He was Also In [In reply to] Can't Post

Pete was in Clash Of The Titans and Soloman Kane resently. Love the guy he is great. I see him as a Lake Town citizen more so then a Dwarf


Garfeimao
Rohan


Nov 18 2010, 8:48pm

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I don't think Pete is tall enough to be a dwarf [In reply to] Can't Post

He's not a tall actor, and I think they at least want either a little girth on the dwarves, or athletic broad shoulders, and neither description fits Pete Postelthwaite. BTW, I adore him, he does good guy and thug really well, thinking of both In the Name of the Father and the recent The Town here at the moment.

And I'm rather addicted to Sherlock at the moment. It only took Martin about 30 seconds to win me over as Dr. Watson, really stunning performance. I started watching the beginnings of the DVD last night and saw part of the Making of special, so it's really nice hearing him talk about the process of casting and acting and working with fellow actors.

Peace, Love and Rock & Roll,


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sharku
Rivendell

Nov 18 2010, 11:31pm

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My vote [In reply to] Can't Post

Would be for Brian Blessed, just because I want to see him as something in The Hobbit... and he'd make a particularly good Dwarf (or Beorn).

He also has the sort of booming voice that John Rhys Davies has, and they are meant to be cousins after all (Balin and Gimli that is, not Brian Blessed and JRD!).

Otherwise Bill Bailey could be good.


N.E. Brigand
Half-elven


Nov 19 2010, 12:04am

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He was Oscar-nominated for playing a decent man. [In reply to] Can't Post

Postlethwaite's only Academy Award nomination came for playing Giuseppe Conlon in In the Name of the Father (1993) with Daniel Day-Lewis.
It's a first-rate film.

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Kangi Ska
Half-elven


Nov 19 2010, 12:20am

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Peter Poselthwaite just is not Balin. [In reply to] Can't Post

He might make a good Dwarf but Balin is a very special Dwarf. Someone of a gentler nature. That Is why I nominated Mr. Neill.

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Empedocles
Rivendell


Nov 19 2010, 12:22am

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Still going with Brendan Gleeson [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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Kangi Ska
Half-elven


Nov 19 2010, 12:33am

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As long as he wears that wild eye thingy, I am for it.// [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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(This post was edited by Kangi Ska on Nov 19 2010, 12:34am)


Patty
Immortal


Nov 19 2010, 7:57am

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Fair enough, although I think he could do it. [In reply to] Can't Post

Master of Laketown then, please PJ!

Kangi, as you are a Sam Neil fan, catch Dean Spandley if you get the chance. He thinks he's a reincarnated dog it this, and though the movie is a mild comedy, his dog "past" is not played for laughs. He was great in it. But you'll probably have to snag a region 2 dvd player to see it.

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sticklebat
Lorien


Nov 19 2010, 12:02pm

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I agree... [In reply to] Can't Post

Postlethwaite doesnt strike me as Balin at all...hes been in literally dozens upoon dozens of similarly cast roles in similarly genre'd films.

Hes a good choice for characters in these types of films & obviously a lot of people have realised this & already tapped into that time & time again...itd be kind of too expected & just that...too obvious.

I dont see him as a Dwarf in The Hobbit.

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


smokerings
Rivendell


Nov 19 2010, 8:20pm

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I disagree [In reply to] Can't Post


In Reply To
Postlethwaite doesnt strike me as Balin at all...hes been in literally dozens upoon dozens of similarly cast roles in similarly genre'd films. Hes a good choice for characters in these types of films & obviously a lot of people have realised this & already tapped into that time & time again...itd be kind of too expected & just that...too obvious. I dont see him as a Dwarf in The Hobbit.

He is pretty damn close.

(This post was edited by Ataahua on Nov 19 2010, 9:54pm)


carrioncrow
Lorien

Nov 20 2010, 12:00am

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old and bad-a** [In reply to] Can't Post

There are plenty of ways to go with it.

Sean Connery could work.
what is Jean Paul Belmondo up to?
Harrison Ford?
Robert Forster


(This post was edited by dernwyn on Nov 20 2010, 2:42am)


merlwynd
Rivendell


Nov 20 2010, 9:23am

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i know... [In reply to] Can't Post

...what about jack thompson????? maybe rusty crowe as bard????

MERLWYND
Bard's case to Thorin


Mooseboy018
Gondor


Nov 21 2010, 7:59am

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Not Sean Connery... [In reply to] Can't Post

He's become too much of a joke.

I want someone I can take seriously like Sam Neill.


merlwynd
Rivendell


Nov 21 2010, 9:45am

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yes [In reply to] Can't Post

mr neill would be very good indeed. So long as he dances with an orangutang like he does on an aussie red meat commercial then I vote for him!

MERLWYND
Bard's case to Thorin


merlwynd
Rivendell


Nov 21 2010, 9:46am

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he looks a bit nuts in this pic [In reply to] Can't Post

perhaps he would have made a great tom bombadil

MERLWYND
Bard's case to Thorin

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