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Early reactions to casting: A proverbial walk down memory lane

Roheryn
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Feb 26 2013, 2:40am


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With the Oscars yesterday, for some reason I got to thinking (oh dear) about casting in The Hobbit. I was pretty much AWOL from these parts in all the lead-up to AUJ, so missed the initial casting announcements. I was really curious what the initial reactions around here were to the casting, so scrolled back…and back..and back…and around page 350 I found what I was looking for.

Here is the thread with the first official announcement of casting, and reading through everyone’s reactions is just delightful! http://newboards.theonering.net/forum/gforum/perl/gforum.cgi?post=288169;sb=post_time;so=DESC;forum_view=forum_view_expanded; and a second, even better thread, here: http://newboards.theonering.net/...=forum_view_expanded; Because not all the dwarf casting was announced at first, some people speculated that the Company would be cut down to maybe 7 or 8 dwarves. Martin Freeman cast as Bilbo got almost universal cheers of approval; Richard Armitage as Thorin got an amusingly widely varied reaction, usually mixed with quite a bit of surprise; many had figured he’d be cast as Bard, if anyone. Some posts have amazing foresight, and some…well, don’t. That thread is a great read.

I delved a bit deeper, and found a thread a day later specifically on Armitage’s casting here.
http://newboards.theonering.net/forum/gforum/perl/gforum.cgi?post=288771;sb=post_time;so=DESC;forum_view=forum_view_expanded; This even includes a picture of what Armitage might look like as Thorin – argghhh, too funny! Can I just say I am soooooo glad this isn’t what PJ did to him? This thread is another great read; some posts are amazingly spot-on, and others are just funny (in retrospect!).


And one more, just to make this an even three: a great thread on plot speculations based on the just-announced casting. http://newboards.theonering.net/forum/gforum/perl/gforum.cgi?post=288414;sb=post_time;so=DESC;forum_view=forum_view_expanded;
There’s a hearty contingent thrilled with Armitage as Thorin, whatever he ends up looking like; a suggestion that this Company of dwarves is going to be leaner and meaner than just a group of Gimlis; and a delightful suggestion for one scene from Alassëa Eruvande.


So, once you’ve had fun reading through all those, answer me this: did you have any ideas when you first heard about casting that you are now SOOO glad didn’t come true? Or any that you’re really glad *did* come true? Or any reaction that is now, in retrospect, particularly funny? Share away – and I promise, we won’t be laughing at you, we’ll be laughing with you. Wink


My own reactions, for what it's worth: I wasn't paying attention to casting, and when I started hearing names floating about, they didn't mean much to me as I hadn't heard of them before. However, when I heard Orlando Bloom would be reprising Legolas, I got excited: since Dwarves couldn't possibly be sexy, at least we would get one hot Elf! And yeah, I'm really, really glad that my original insistence that There Is No Such Thing As A Hot Dwarf didn't come true. I was, of course, thrilled to see all the returning cast from LOTR (thank goodness we wouldn't see any of our beloved characters played by a different actor this time around), and double-thrilled to have Andy Serkis back as Gollum (really, though, that was a no-brainer, wasn't it?). And that, sadly, is the limit of my reactions to casting, prior to seeing AUJ for the first time.








(This post was edited by Roheryn on Feb 26 2013, 2:49am)

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Early reactions to casting: A proverbial walk down memory lane Roheryn Send a private message to Roheryn Feb 26 2013, 2:40am
    All I recall Rostron2 Send a private message to Rostron2 Feb 26 2013, 2:45am
    I, like you, wasn't paying much attention then. Kimtc Send a private message to Kimtc Feb 26 2013, 2:56am
        Of the new cast members... BalrogTrainer Send a private message to BalrogTrainer Feb 26 2013, 3:26am
    Thank you so so so much for digging this up! Súlimë Send a private message to Súlimë Feb 26 2013, 7:19am
    I was ecstatic about Freeman... ghost_matt Send a private message to ghost_matt Feb 26 2013, 2:01pm
        The only casting that i really followed was Bilbo's... sauget.diblosio Send a private message to sauget.diblosio Feb 26 2013, 2:46pm
    My reaction to casting news arithmancer Send a private message to arithmancer Feb 26 2013, 2:21pm
    Thanks, Roheryn. ShireHorse Send a private message to ShireHorse Feb 26 2013, 2:43pm
        Yeah, as all of the "known quantities" came trickling in sauget.diblosio Send a private message to sauget.diblosio Feb 26 2013, 4:22pm
        I found the age thing odd... glor Send a private message to glor Feb 26 2013, 4:33pm
    I remember some of these Ham_Sammy Send a private message to Ham_Sammy Feb 26 2013, 3:42pm
    My general reaction was... CathrineB Send a private message to CathrineB Feb 26 2013, 4:14pm
    You read my mind!! elaen32 Send a private message to elaen32 Feb 26 2013, 4:17pm
    Meant to say thanks Roheryn, elaen32 Send a private message to elaen32 Feb 26 2013, 4:20pm
    I do remember... TheHutt Send a private message to TheHutt Feb 26 2013, 7:41pm
    There was a brief period, early on Rostron2 Send a private message to Rostron2 Feb 26 2013, 8:00pm
    Funny and ironic glor Send a private message to glor Feb 26 2013, 9:25pm
    I admit that I simply do not "follow" actors/actresses and I have a terrible tendency to not remember who this or that actor was! Escapist Send a private message to Escapist Feb 26 2013, 9:39pm
    Am I there? Marionette Send a private message to Marionette Feb 27 2013, 10:04pm
    Re: Early reactions to casting dik-dik Send a private message to dik-dik Mar 3 2013, 12:04am
        Well, sadly..... Cuwen Maegmacil Send a private message to Cuwen Maegmacil Mar 4 2013, 1:40am
            Neither did I! dik-dik Send a private message to dik-dik Mar 4 2013, 4:42pm

 
 
 

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