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Richard Armitage Found News Of His Casting “Completely Incredulous”

July 17, 2011 at 3:15 am by Earl  - 

The Project Magazine’s latest issue features an interview with Richard Armitage where he speaks about bagging the role of Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit.

You’ve got a nice gig in The Hobbit. How did a strapping 6’2” chap like yourself get the part of a dwarf?

I’d been in and read for a couple of roles, and been through the initial casting for Thorin Oakenshield, but not for one minute did I think that I’d end up getting the part. So when I was told that it had come my way, I was completely incredulous. At that point the film hadn’t been given the green light, so I didn’t think it was going to happen, even to the point where I was on set, in costume. And then I’m in front of Peter Jackson and I finally think, ‘OK, I am going to be playing this part.

Were there any reservations about taking on a job that would last so long? 

None at all. In fact, I had to wiggle my way out of some other situations that were very, very complicated. It would have been much easier to say ‘OK, I’ll let it go.’ But there was no doubt in my mind that this was for me. If someone told me this was going to be the last piece of work I ever do, I think I’d be alright with that. I don’t want it to be, but I think I would be satisfied.

Thanks to message board member mulubinba for the heads-up on this one.

Posted in Characters, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson, Richard Armitage, The Hobbit on July 17, 2011 by Source: Project Magazine Richard Armitage Found News Of His Casting “Completely Incredulous” | Discuss

5 responses to “Richard Armitage Found News Of His Casting “Completely Incredulous””

  1. Moriquenda says:

    This won’t be the last piece of work you ever do, Richard…but I sure am looking forward to seeing both Hobbit movies when they are released.

  2. Marcyg68 says:

    I’ve been a fan of this guy since he played John Thornton in “North & South.” I was captivated then and knew he would be memorable in any role he takes. Being a huge Tolkien fan and having him play Thorin is what you call dream casting. If you haven’t heard of Richard before, then check out his other works in N&S, Robin Hood and MI-5 . If you’re not a fan now, I guarantee you’ll be a fan even before Hobbit hits the screens.

  3. gcallah says:

    Earl, you should look up the word “incredulous.”

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