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EW: Peter Jackson talks about casting a ‘heartthrob’ dwarf

October 27, 2010 at 4:01 pm by xoanon  - 

It’s been a long time coming, but there was finally cause for rejoicing in Middle-earth last week when director Peter Jackson announced he’d cast several key roles in his adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy novel, The Hobbit. The casting of Martin Freeman of the UK Office fame as Bilbo Baggins was widely expected, but some Tolkien fans were surprised and slightly befuddled to see English actor Richard Armitage, best known for the BBC series MI-5, cast as Thorin Oakenshield, the gruff leader of a company of dwarves. What was Jackson doing hiring a hunky actor to play a character most often depicted in illustrations — and in the 1977 animated Hobbit movie — as a squat, crabby, Wilford Brimley-ish old dwarf with a long white beard? In an interview (after the jump), Jackson tells EW the choice is actually right in line with the casting of Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn and Orlando Bloom as Legolas in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. More..

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6 responses to “EW: Peter Jackson talks about casting a ‘heartthrob’ dwarf”

  1. QuackingTroll says:

    A video has popped up on AintitCoolNews of Stephen (Bombur) Hunter in a Toyota ad http://www.aintitcool.com/node/47229

  2. Martin Jones says:

    For the record, Richard stars in ‘Spooks’ (it’s not called MI-5)

  3. KiplingKat says:

    Richard Armitage is a brilliant actor and I am really looking forward to seeing him in such a complex and morally ambiguous role as Thorin….And I’m also starting the “Just Say No to Hot Dwarves” campaign. I want to watch “The Hobbit”, not “John Porter/Lucas North/Guy of Gisbourne/John Thorton does Middle Earth.” Dwarves are not heartthrobs, they are not meant to be heartthrobs and as a woman who grew up a Tolkien & C.S. Lewis fan who enjoys SciFi and Fantasy, I’m kind of insulted by the notion that Thorin has to be made into a sex symbol to get me into the theater.

    The story will sell itself, it doesn’t need gimmicks.

  4. vischimp says:

    No!!! He is too young. Thorin was the eldest. Stop this!!

  5. Syyd Raven says:

    Anyone who’s seen Richard Armitage in North and South will attest to his ability to portray Thorin. It was quite surprising for me really, I only saw North and South yesterday, donkeys years after seeing him in Spooks. I was more impressed with North and South actually. He was brooding and nasty, even though kind heartedness won out in the end, but thats hardly his fault and more the authors. Looking forward to it.

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