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Who would you have play Legolas?
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haarp
Rivendell


Oct 26 2013, 12:04pm

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Who would you have play Legolas? Can't Post

I find Orlando Bloom to be quite irritating and a wooden actor. Who would you have play Legolas instead?


Ereinion Nénharma
Lorien

Oct 26 2013, 12:26pm

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Luke Evans Wink

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Fleuz
Lorien


Oct 26 2013, 12:39pm

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wooden is perfect for an elf [In reply to] Can't Post

and Bloom fills the role quiet well.
If he was told to do more facial expressions I'm sure he would have managed that… Wink


Ereinion Nénharma
Lorien

Oct 26 2013, 12:51pm

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Bloom did a fine job.
And I think 'wooden' sounds a bit negative, in that case I'd prefer to call him an Elvish pinocchio.

''Do not fear the shadows, for seeing them means light is near...''


book Gandalf
Rohan


Oct 26 2013, 12:56pm

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bc [In reply to] Can't Post

actually benedict cabbagepatch would make a perfect elf, he can act aswell

This is a serious journey, not a hobbit walking-party.


Pazeer
Rivendell


Oct 26 2013, 1:13pm

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He did a great job in Lord of the Rings, no doubt about it!
He's perfect for an elf.

If I was going to choose someone else... Hmm, perhaps Tom Hiddlestone? He looks about right (except for the hair-color ofc), and he's been great in what I've seen of him so far [:)]


Glorfindela
Valinor


Oct 26 2013, 1:19pm

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Yes, agree [In reply to] Can't Post

Tim Hiddlestone is certainly a better actor than Bloom.

I do think Bloom was OK as part of an ensemble cast in LotR, where he didn't have to do much in terms of acting. He just needed to look pretty, which he did at that time because of the look they gave him. His looks were never to my taste (prefer males to look more masculine, like I wonder if you can guess who), but even my mother said 'Who's that?' in a very interested way when she first saw him on screen in LotR.


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He did a great job in Lord of the Rings, no doubt about it!
He's perfect for an elf.

If I was going to choose someone else... Hmm, perhaps Tom Hiddlestone? He looks about right (except for the hair-color ofc), and he's been great in what I've seen of him so far [:)]



dormouse
Half-elven


Oct 26 2013, 1:28pm

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No one else.... [In reply to] Can't Post

You might find him irritating but I don't agree. He's nothing like my image of Legolas when reading the book, but I think he did extremely well in the previous films and it would have been crazy to replace him for The Hobbit.

I would have cast Paul Bettany as Thranduil - I think he's very Elvish. But then, I'd never heard of Lee Pace before they did cast him, and he looks perfect. And I agree with the others that Tom Hiddlestone would make a very good elf - but I don't think I'd see any of them as a Legolas.


(This post was edited by dormouse on Oct 26 2013, 1:30pm)


Estel78
Tol Eressea

Oct 26 2013, 1:29pm

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Hope your dad wasn't around. ;) // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Thranderz
Rohan


Oct 26 2013, 1:35pm

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To be honest [In reply to] Can't Post

apart from Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch is not a great actor. He has a great voice though that suits Smaug well (yet to hear the necromancer). I thought OB was good for Legolas in LoTR, it didn't require too much acting but I think he did a good job. My favourite scene of his is at the black gate as he rushes towards Aragorn to save him from the troll. Smile

I simply walked into Mordor.


Glorfindela
Valinor


Oct 26 2013, 1:41pm

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No – he rarely goes to the cinema (or watches TV) [In reply to] Can't Post

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FaramirAndEowynMorningStar
Rohan


Oct 26 2013, 1:52pm

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Same here. [In reply to] Can't Post

He might not have been the best, since he was always stating the obvious in LOTR with his "They're taking the Hobbits to Isengard!" (why is it I keep wanting to add in that "gard-gar-gar-gar-gard!" at the end? Laugh) and "Crebain from Dunland!", but he wasn't all that bad.

Ah, Tom Hiddlestone, now he would make a perfect elf in Rivendell! Cool

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book Gandalf
Rohan


Oct 26 2013, 2:25pm

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is not a great actor? [In reply to] Can't Post

benedict is a great actor in my opinion, tinker tailer, frankenstein to name a few more of the more obvious works...

he also has a class about him, that bloom could never match, hence why hed make a better elf, or anything he put his acting chops tooo, i think he has an elfin look about him mainly though.

This is a serious journey, not a hobbit walking-party.


Pazeer
Rivendell


Oct 26 2013, 2:33pm

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Agreed [In reply to] Can't Post

Cumberbatch is one of the best actors today, every role I've seen him in he has been outstanding!


Ereinion Nénharma
Lorien

Oct 26 2013, 2:41pm

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he looks a bit too much ''dark'' to be an elf. But he would make an absolutely perfect Annatar.

''Do not fear the shadows, for seeing them means light is near...''


Avandel
Valinor

Oct 26 2013, 2:54pm

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Good for me in LOTR [In reply to] Can't Post

A beautiful elf in LOTR without looking TOO effeminate and good as Aragorn's sidekick. Re the DOS Legolas, well, OK, but not if you are going to have mask-like makeup and pull expressions that make you look like Grumpy Cat - sigh.


sauget.diblosio
Tol Eressea


Oct 26 2013, 3:40pm

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I don't find Bloom to be a particularly interesting actor, and am kind of baffled that he has such a devoted following (i guess looks can go a long way, and he also seems like a nice, personable guy in real life). But i think he's just fine as Legolas, and it's hard to imagine taking the character in another direction after all these years. I always thought of it in terms of Legolas being a reletively young elf, and therefore not as dynamic (i.e. interesting) as the older elves Galadriel and Elrond (which are perfect characterisations to my mind-- and they were one of my favorite parts of AUJ). Here's to hoping Legolas doesn't overplay his welcome in DoS and TaBA (and, by extension, Tauriel)!


Bombadil
Half-elven


Oct 26 2013, 3:51pm

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Well, Benny C just made the Cover of TIME magazine?/// [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Glorfindela
Valinor


Oct 26 2013, 3:55pm

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Yes, BC is certainly a good actor, with a great voice [In reply to] Can't Post

Personally, I don't find his looks appealing, though, when you take away the personality. I don't think he would appeal to me visually as an Elf. So far, only Thranduil, Galadriel (as in The Hobbit, not LotR) and Elrond work for me as 'Elves'. Others are simply too human looking and/or not beautiful enough. (I know Elrond is not 'beautiful', but then he is Half-Elven, and he does make the character very distinguished. His clothing is always very well done, too.)


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benedict is a great actor in my opinion, tinker tailer, frankenstein to name a few more of the more obvious works...

he also has a class about him, that bloom could never match, hence why hed make a better elf, or anything he put his acting chops tooo, i think he has an elfin look about him mainly though.



Eruvandi
Tol Eressea


Oct 26 2013, 4:50pm

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...at this point Orlando Bloom IS Legolas. At least to me anyway. I'm currently reading through the trilogy for the first time and I actually think Legolas got the "short end of the stick" in the movies because they really cut out a lot of his dialog, especially in FOTR. While reading, there were several points where I was surprised at how talkative he was, specifically when they entered Lothlorien. The movies also failed to include, IMO, some of the best "Leggy moments" from the book like in FOTR when he killed the fell beast with one shot in the dark, or in TTT when Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli were trying to rescue Merry and Pipin from the orcs and even when Aragorn and Gimli were so tired they had no choice but to stop and rest, Legolas wanted to keep going and didn't even try to sleep when they did. Instead he chose to stay on watch all night until dawn. I though these moments would have translated very well to the screen and I'm sad they got left out. However, I still enjoy all three LOTR movies as separate works from the books.

As far as Orlando's acting, is he the best actor in the world? No, but he's also not the worst and I think he did a fair enough job portraying Legolas in LOTR even despite the odd facial expressions in the background. I don't like it when a well known series of movies replaces one actor with another, especially when it's a main character as IMO it cheapens the franchise and makes the filmmakers look a bit lazy.

I'm actually terrible at trying to think of actors who would be better in a role that someone else is already known for. I could talk all day about actors who wouldn't been right for the role of Legolas, but I think Orlando is the best Legolas we're going to get for the time being and I wouldn't want to replace him.

My favorite speech from the entire LOTR series: Sam:“It’s like in the great stories Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn’t want to know the end, because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was after so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come and when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those are the stories that stayed with you, that meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand, I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances at turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going because they were holding on to something.” Frodo: “What are we holding on to, Sam?” Sam: “That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for!”


book Gandalf
Rohan


Oct 26 2013, 5:42pm

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ha, i think well have to agree to disagree it seems!

ill just add that i think the elves never really worked for me, in regards to look and character based on the books, they work in there own right for the films but i want my elves to be less pretty, less human, more ethereal more alien! all i see are humans with long hair and nice clothes. i would have loved to see del toros version of an elf! i just think peter jackson is better at orcs and creatures than elves.

This is a serious journey, not a hobbit walking-party.

(This post was edited by book Gandalf on Oct 26 2013, 5:44pm)


Elskidor
Rohan

Oct 26 2013, 6:31pm

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Bloom never bothered me in LoTR, and hopefully he won't in the Hobbit either. It is just everything else he has done that I have not cared for. He's not that great of an actor, but luckily for him, Legolas doesn't really do a lot to require a skilled actor.

Here comes the flames..


boldog
Rohan

Oct 26 2013, 7:07pm

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I can see Tom Huddleston playing sauron rather than an elf. His portrayal of Loki is one in which, to me, bears great resemblance to the fair sauron of the first and second age

"fingolfin looked up in grief to see what evil morgoth had done to maedhros"


dubulous
Rohan

Oct 26 2013, 9:06pm

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At this point it's hard to imagine anyone else in the role. Maybe Ben Barnes if LotR was being cast now (because he would probably have been too young ten years ago)

I don't think either Hiddleston or Cumberbatch are actually beautiful enough to be elves (though, granted, neither is Hugo Weaving and he still somehow pulls it off). I could see Hiddleston as Turin Turambar, though, in a hypothetical Silmarillion movie.


Salmacis81
Grey Havens


Oct 26 2013, 9:25pm

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Yep, this... [In reply to] Can't Post


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I don't like it when a well known series of movies replaces one actor with another, especially when it's a main character as IMO it cheapens the franchise and makes the filmmakers look a bit lazy.


Even though I also knew the films before the books, I still don't picture Legolas looking like the actor who played him when I read the books. Same goes for just about all of the Hobbits from LotR (all except Sir Ian Holm, who I think was perfect for Old Bilbo).

Anyway, Orlando Bloom is no Sir Ian McKellen or Tom Hanks as far as acting chops go, but he isn't bad either. And at this point, Bloom IS "film Legolas", and it would have been very jarring to have another actor portray him in The Hobbit.


(This post was edited by Salmacis81 on Oct 26 2013, 9:26pm)

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