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He'd make a great Bilbo...

White Gull
Lorien


Oct 11 2007, 2:42pm

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He'd make a great Bilbo... Can't Post

I'd love to see Ewan McGregor in the role of Bilbo in the Hobbit Movie. But then, I had to laugh when realized he'd REALLY be very adept at the job, as he's already taken on the role of playing a younger version of a famous British actor. A "Sir," even. :)

What are your ideas of a cast? (Funny, or serious)

WG


Curious
Half-elven


Oct 11 2007, 3:15pm

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In an attempt to be helpful, [In reply to] Can't Post

and not to stop the ongoing conversation in any way, here's a previous thread addressing this question:

http://newboards.theonering.net/...D31575=View+Threaded

Personally, I don't know today's actors well enough to cast The Hobbit. But I do hope Bilbo looks older than thirty. Forty would be okay, since hobbits do not age as quickly as we do in the Primary World. Okay, I've got a funny suggestion: a relatively short actor in his forties -- how about Tom Cruise?!? It would certainly be a change of direction for him!


Patty
Immortal


Oct 11 2007, 3:36pm

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*thumps Curious upside the head" [In reply to] Can't Post

Tom Cruise? To quote a recent conspiracy unmasked: "No, thank you!"

I'm still thinking Tom Hollander could be great here, as I said in the thread you linked.

For Gondor!


White Gull
Lorien


Oct 11 2007, 3:39pm

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I'm always late to the party [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm also seriously challenged at searches. I did try, and overlooked that thread! Thanks for the link.

Heh, I have another suggestion: James Earl Jones as the voice of Smaug.


Curious
Half-elven


Oct 11 2007, 3:46pm

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How about Alan Rickman as the voice of Smaug? [In reply to] Can't Post

Although maybe both voices are too recognizable.


stormcrow20
Gondor


Oct 11 2007, 4:13pm

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Indeed, too recognizable. [In reply to] Can't Post

I love both Jones and Rickman....but when I hear their voices I see Vader and Snape. Hopefully they will find someone equally talented, someone that from then on we will assoiciate just as instantly with Smaug.

Expect me when you see me.

(This post was edited by stormcrow20 on Oct 11 2007, 4:14pm)


White Gull
Lorien


Oct 11 2007, 4:27pm

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Michael Dorn or Christopher Judge [In reply to] Can't Post

Both have impressive voices. There's probably a lot of others, too, not to mention Connery. It will be fun to see who gets the role.


Patty
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Oct 11 2007, 4:36pm

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As I said before, just so long as the don't get "Gimli" to do it... [In reply to] Can't Post

Or someone else already in the cast. I'd dearly love to know why they used JRD for Treebeard. Anyone with a halfway decent ear for voices could tell that was him--not that he didn't do a good job, but it's just that it was Gimli doing Treebeard. It worked for Andy Serkis cause Gollum was Smeagol. It worked using Hugo to say Isildur's one line of "No" cause it was just one word. But I found it very distracting to hear Gimli saying Treebeard's lines.

So, now for something completely different. Eric Idle? Wink

For Gondor!

(This post was edited by Patty on Oct 11 2007, 4:38pm)


Darkstone
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Oct 11 2007, 5:37pm

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William H. Macy [In reply to] Can't Post



And Eartha Kitt as Smaug.

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Elizabeth
Valinor


Oct 11 2007, 7:35pm

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Rickman's my choice, [In reply to] Can't Post

as I've said in at least a dozen or so similar threads here.

I guess this is giving us latecomers a taste of the fevered speculation in the early days of the LotR movies, except that nowadays we have much longer (ever since 2003, at least, and who knows how long in the future!) to speculate, as well as a well-formed community and forum to do it in!




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Annael
Half-elven


Oct 11 2007, 8:18pm

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I've said it before, I'll say it again [In reply to] Can't Post

Martin Freeman for Bilbo! I think he'd be perfect. Much as I loved Sir Ian Holm's portrayal (which was the closest of all the actors' work to my own idea of the character), I think he's too old (he's 76 now) to play the younger Bilbo.

as for the rest:

Gandalf - Sir Ian M, of course
Thorin Oakenshield - Robbie Coltrane (he'd probably like the change from being a giant)

The Trolls - Nick Frost, Eddie Izzard, Sacha Baron Cohen
The Great Goblin - Ross Kemp
Beorn - Liam Neeson

King Thranduil - Julian Sands
Bard the Bowman - Ray Stevenson


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GaladrielTX
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Oct 11 2007, 11:16pm

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Too skinny! *game show "wrong answer" buzzer* / [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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Elizabeth
Valinor


Oct 11 2007, 11:47pm

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Yes, that would be a great cast.\ [In reply to] Can't Post

 




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RosieLass
Valinor


Oct 12 2007, 3:21am

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That would guarantee that I wouldn't see it. [In reply to] Can't Post

Ugh. No Tom Cruise, please!

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grammaboodawg
Immortal


Oct 12 2007, 2:15pm

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Ewan would be fun! [In reply to] Can't Post

There've been a lot of possibilities floating around out there. I like Shia Lebouf, myself ;) or Rupert Evans from Hellboy

I also like Jeremy Irons for the voice of Smaug. He can sound soooooo slithery!


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Elven
Valinor


Oct 12 2007, 2:37pm

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Sir Ian Holms'sss preciousssss or nothing!! ;) [In reply to] Can't Post

I has to be Sir Ian, I cant imagine watching the Hobbit and then LoTR and trying to explain to everyone else - whi Bilbo is ...
and ... old? never too old!!! He has the best team for a makeover in the world at his disposal with WETA ... they could turn him into a baby if they had too ..
Even if somewhere along the line they show him growing up over the years - other actors fine, but it has to be Ian for me ...

I cant imagine what the LoTR would be like with a change of cast during the movies ....
or - say if they had replaced Danielle Radcliffe as Harry Potter ... the list goes on ...

Ack!! I can hear critics in 20 years time saying ... I have no idea why that did that .... especially if you watch the Hobbit before seeing LoTR ... its just a weird concept to me not have Sir Ian Holms ... I'm not sure why everyone is so eager (seemingly anyway) to replace him as Bilbo?

That is unless he refuses to do it ... havent heard much from ol Bilbo these days ...
Maybe he's the next one to make a comment ...
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Patty
Immortal


Oct 14 2007, 2:28am

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I hope PJ can get Bill Nighy in there somewhere... [In reply to] Can't Post

his voice is maybe not deep enough to be Smaug. Thranduil, maybe?

For Gondor!


grammaboodawg
Immortal


Oct 14 2007, 11:48am

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YES! [In reply to] Can't Post

He was the voice of Sam in the BBC adaptation IIRC! It would be great fun for him to be there... as, uhhhh, Thorin would be good. His voice in PotC II & III shows he can deliver great disdain and fascinating tones. That would be great!


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