I saw Bernard Hill on Saturday, May 6, at Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United FC, where he was at the club store with what I guess were his two sons.
He was almost unrecognisable from Captain Smith in Titanic. His hair, now grey (not white), was almost shoulder length, but had been cut in such a way to give a full appearance from behind. He had beard/moustache, also grey, but only slightly longer than that which he had in Titanic.
I didn’t attempt to bother him, as he was clearly out with his family. I immediately recalled TheOneRing.net’s news that he was to play a role in LotR but couldn’t figure which one at first. He now appears perfectly cast.