Interesting debate over the Hobbiton pic. However, I’m pretty sure we’ll find that the pic is compoletely authentic and un-retouched. Whatever abnormalities people seem to think they’re seeing would seem to be the result of a poor scan off a poorly reproduced newsprint photo, with the printing on the flip-side of the paper coming through the image somewhat and, of course, the always prevalent “conspiracy”-conscious element on the internet. Particularly ID4 seems to be barking up the wrong tree, in identifying the damp dirt at the entry gate as being an odd-looking shadow. Or why would anybody wonder why there’s a greensman in the photograph, dressing the set? I work in the Los Angeles visual effects industry and we’re shaking our heads at these efforts to “debunk” a probably perfectly genuine photo. Ah well…
Anyway, do you want to have a little fun with the easily excitable Tolkien net community? Well, if so, here’s a pic of a gentleman named David Manning, a frequent stand-in for Sean Connery, in full wizard regalia, that turned up at the casting office that handles him. What to make of this? There’s also a couple of full-body pics, however there seems to be something wrong with the scans I was sent (perhaps he’s animated in CGI too?…). I leave it to you to decide what you want to make of this.
Otherwise, I’ve been greatly enjoying the continuing coverage on your site.
What to make of this? Why would a Sean Connery stand in pose for these pics? Who knows, spoiler space below for those who don’t want to see the ‘Notorious’ pic.