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So... you know that SUN story about Tobey Maguire as Bilbo? AhembullshitAhem

Hey folks, Harry here... this morning, on my way out the door to see HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, I was glimpsing through mail - and a shit ton of readers from the UK were forwarding masses of email regarding a story in the tabloid, THE SUN, that was stating definitively that Tobey Maguire was cast as Bilbo in Guillermo's upcoming production of THE HOBBIT. Well... I shot an email off to Peter Jackson and Guillermo Del Toro to see if I could get an official response. The word?
No truth at all, although we're all big fans of Toby. We are currently auditioning for Bilbo, and a month or two away from any announcements. Cheers Peter J
Then I got this response from Guillermo:
Its not true, gordito- G
Yes, Gordito is Guillermo's nickname for me. Though usually he modifies it with rojo. Gordito Rojo, which sounds like a new flavor of fried burrito at Taco Bell. So once again, we bring you the truth. Peter Parker is not Bilbo.

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  • Jan. 18, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST


    by OceanWang

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Blake Lively for Bilbo!!!!!!

    by Geronimo Jackson

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST

    its about time Harry

    by Pancho_Villa

    I feel like lately you guys get all your info from twitter or from hitfix. Thanks for actually spending 20 seconds to do your job and bring us some news thats not from someone elses website

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 4:57 p.m. CST

    But Peter Parker is not Peter Parker...


    Just saying, is all.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Fuck The Sun!

    by anyrandomhero

    I honestly wouldn't wipe my arse with that....these are the geniuses that said cher was catwoman in the next Nolan batman <br><br>Ignore anything that comes out of this hack rag

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Will Smith IS Bilbo Baggins!!!!

    by OceanWang

    Just announced in my head...

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Guillermo's nickname for me is...

    by HarryCalder

    "Who the fuck are you?"

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:02 p.m. CST

    I can only apologise wholeheartedly on behalf of those Brits who

    by taxman2001

    Not very bright I'm afraid. After all this is the same newspaper that informed us Freddie Starr (a "comedian") Ate My Hamster Guess what that story was about....

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:03 p.m. CST

    ... who sent this story in....

    by taxman2001

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:10 p.m. CST

    The Scum

    by alan_poon

    You wipe your arse on that rag and more shit comes off the paper.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:10 p.m. CST


    by sullivansmith

    The Sun reported on something and it WASN'T TRUE? What are the odds of THAT?

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Harry, was the DVD column canceled?

    by Kaiser Soze

    Is the DVD release column still being done? I keep checking back but it never appears anymore. Is it over or just behind again? If it is just that you're behind, have you ever talked to your Dad about doing it? Of all the contributors on AICN, his columns are consistantly enjoyable reads.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:13 p.m. CST

    The Sun is written by assholes for assholes

    by MatDGZ

    If there's something written in this piece of shit wrag tabloid, believe the opposite as a general rule.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST

    "As reported by The Sun" is the UK version of

    by sullivansmith

    "as reported by the National Enquirer"

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Who are the ad wizards...

    by wampa 1

    ...that came up with this one?

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:18 p.m. CST

    ... and people seriously believe the Sun??

    by Denty420

    Their reporters can barely spell and can hardly construct a cohesive sentence, let alone report the news.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Wow, the SUN is printing bollocks...

    by Zahaladeen

    ...imagine that. /sarcasm off

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:21 p.m. CST

    seems like most of Harry's posts

    by itrainmonkeys

    are just so he could say he got a response from someone famous and his connection to them. Lately he is just posting his e-mail responses.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Well, duh.

    by rev_skarekroe

    It was in The Sun. Aren't they the ones that claimed Eddie Murphy and Cher were going to be The Riddler and Catwoman in the next Batman film?

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Gordon (not so) Smart is a lying asshole

    by Wormie1

    Again! Instead of appearing on X Factor and Big Brother spin-off shows, how about doing some fucking research and fact-checking, asshole. I'm still awaiting confirmation on Eddie Murphy as the Riddler and Shia LaBeouf as Robin in "Gotham", Gordo! BTW other UK tabloids are mentioning Robert Pattinson and Zac Efron as the new Spidey.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Please don't give this rag anymore space

    by alan_poon

    There are a lot of people in the UK who hate this rag over Hillsborough in 1989. Take anything they publish with a truckload of salt.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Megan Fox IS Catwoman...

    by Will_PR

    Tobey Maguire IS Bilbo Baggins...The Sun ARE fucking gullible.I'm glad I don't read the shitrags.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:24 p.m. CST


    by taxman2001

    I salute you sir.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:32 p.m. CST

    seth rogen is bilbo

    by rodneyfaile

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Viva La Gordito Rojo! Aye Aye Aye

    by Crow3711


  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:34 p.m. CST


    by mr teaspoon

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:34 p.m. CST

    damn_dirty_ape - two nice posts

    by FamousEccles

    I agree this was just an excuse for Knowles to tell us del Toro has a nickname for him. Harry is getting more gay as the days pass.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:34 p.m. CST

    another Sun scoop:

    by Hercules

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST

    "It's not true Gordito"

    by sansara07

    Is gordito some kind of Mexican steak? Harry reminds Guil of food - LOL

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Michael Bay for Bilbo

    by IH8HARRY

    It's a slam dunk

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Nathan Fillion IS Bilbo

    by schadenfreudian


  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Good news...

    by JeffreyKatzenkunt

    ...I think I'd like someone that can act. Yeah, that'd be nice.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Sam Worthington IS Bilbo

    by freerangecelt

    'Nuff said.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST

    He's got a nickname for me too..

    by Linguo_IS_Dead

    it's: "BOTTOM"...(cough)

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST

    How many times do you have to be told...

    by Dolmes

    ....The Sun struggle to fill their pages with anything, they go online, find a rumour, say they have a source and write about it. IGNORE THEM!!!!

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Why Not Elijah Wood?

    by kferris61

    After all Frodo is related to Bilbo....and Elijah is quite a few years older than he was when he played Frodo.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    ...The Sun? Poppy for Bilbo. Or Peta. Just not Keeley...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...she wouldn't do Bilbo justice.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Name and shame

    by Pumpkihn

    the morons that emailed you the story so we can virtually shout at them for believing one word of the shit that comes from The Sun. Utter shit rag, sometimes has good tits though.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Isn't this old news??

    by LisaNeedsBraces

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Stop reporting what The Sun says!

    by supertoyslast

    It's automatically not news. Just take it as read that anything that The Sun has as an 'exclusive' is 100% wrong - it's quicker that way. All of their entertainment stories are recycled fan speculation from messageboards dressed up with oh-so-fake quotes from "inside sources".

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:06 p.m. CST


    by SminkyPinky

    take it from a Brit. If the Sun publishes it - IGNORE IT. As for bilbo, I'd still like to see Martin Freeman get the role. His comedy timing, sense of pathos and all round acting skills just screamed bilbo to me when I re-read the book recently. Peter, Guillermo (as if yer reading), this geek says yes.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Zach Galifiwhatshisname

    by alan_poon

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:12 p.m. CST

    out of it?

    by grisp

    Maybe I'm out of it... <P> But I thought James McAvoy had been cast as Bilbo.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    another suggestion

    by grisp

    Linda Hunt as Bilbo.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:16 p.m. CST



  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:17 p.m. CST

    C'Mon People David Tennant for Bilbo


    He would be beyond perfect for the role. Plus I would love for his casting to draw more Americans to his version of the Doctor.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Every few months this site forgets that The Sun

    by V'Shael

    is about as credible as The Weekly World News. <p> Stop printing their bullshit, even to deny it.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:21 p.m. CST


    by HarryCalder

    Yeah, if we're going to get rebuttals to Sun "news" stories on here, could we at least get some Page 3 girlie pix, too?

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:23 p.m. CST


    by AragornElfstone

    "Fat Boy"<p> Gordito rojo would mean "Red Fat Boy"

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Steve Martin as Gandalf

    by Gorgomel

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Just cast James McAvoy already!

    by Logan_1973

    He'd be best suited, and I never bought into the Tobey rumors for a microsecond.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Pendajo is my nickname for Harry

    by Wookie_Weed


  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Tobey gotta eat!

    by Triple_J_72

    Now that his "reign" as Spidey is PFFT...

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST

    My nick name for harry...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ...Sell out... oh wait, we ALL call him that?

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST

    I agree on James McAvoy

    by MattmanReturns

    He's definitely leading man material, although for some reason we're being force fed blandness like Sam Worthington right now.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Red Fat Boy?

    by SithMenace

    That's hilarious. Harry, your smug sentence about the nickname may have backfired. Are you sure he even likes you?

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Harry's nickname made me want Taco Bell

    by MattmanReturns

    For some reason...

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Harry and Taco Bell

    by MacReady452

    Both close to Mexicans.<p>Don't want to be near either one when your eating.<p>Makes you throw up a little when you think of them.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:55 p.m. CST


    by hr1d

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Tennant or McAvoy both are great choices.

    by venvariants

    However, Maguire would make a perfect Bilbo as well. It would be nice to see an actual Brit get the role, tho...

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Taco Bell close to mexicans?

    by MattmanReturns

    Only stoned white people work at mine...

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Bilbo as Vulturess

    by wampa_droppings

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Tennant, McAvoy, I agree.

    by Dingbatty

    And, if he weren't too tall, John Krasinski would make a decent hobbit.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 7:06 p.m. CST


    by Dingbatty


  • Jan. 18, 2010, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Mmmm Gordito means Fattie or little fat boy

    by bloodawn5

    I know this because Im mexican,soo you can bet Im not liying.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 7:10 p.m. CST

    I read that in a Speedy Gonzales voice...

    by TheWaqman

    and for some reason I burst out laughing. Is that racist?

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 7:11 p.m. CST


    by TheWaqman

    is that true? That's embarrassing. Also Guillermo should be one to talk. He's quite the fatboy as well.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 7:11 p.m. CST

    How about Rob Pattinson as Spidey?

    by Zardoz

    Any truth to that rumor?

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Wow. I'm so impressed.

    by NixEclips

    Harry knows some players. I'm all fuzzy, inside.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    anne hathaway as bilboess!

    by alice133

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    The sun is usually...

    by Jaka

    ...pretty fuckin' worthless!!

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Didn't Tobey himself already deny this?

    by Bass Ackwards

    But I guess it's neat that a month later the filmmakers e-mailed you to say, yep, Tobey's right.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 7:38 p.m. CST

    I love how some of the jokes are being missed...

    by Jaka this thread because everybody here doesn't know Harry's personal info/history. Kinda funny.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 7:39 p.m. CST

    McAvoy is still my favorite

    by Jaka

    Not even sure he'd be interested, though. Haven't heard any rumors about it, anyway. But yeah, I'd be cool with him in the role.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Harry Is Dildo Bangins

    by DarfurOnTheRocks2

    Oh and stop dropping names.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Harry Is Dildo Bangins

    by DarfurOnTheRocks2

    Oh and stop dropping names.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 7:43 p.m. CST

    So that makes the Fat Boys.....

    by Jamie McBain

    The Gorditos?

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 7:44 p.m. CST

    McAvoy has been my choice of Bilbo for awhile now...

    by RedJester

    Ever since I saw Starter for 10 (I think that's what it's called)

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST

    They should cast a complete unknown

    by sansara07

    Someone who has only down obscure TV and stage work, and has an uncanny resemblance to a young Ian Holm. David Tennant? Big no. We'll just spend the movie thinking: there's Doctor Who with the dwarfs. And there's Doctor Who with the elves. And now Dcotor Who is running away from the get the idea. A complete unknown is the only wa to go.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Uh, Martin Freeman? Matthew MacFadyen? Paul Giamatti?

    by Drath

    ANY of them would be good choices, and they're all quite different. Stop trying to give dead-pan Maguire a new franchise!

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Gordito = Little Fat Man

    by TheMarineBiologist

    Stop dropping names, Harry... it's unbecoming, since we already know you're full of shit.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 8 p.m. CST

    David Tennant...


    ... would be perfect for the role of Bilbo, and it would be great for the guy to get more exposure here in the States...

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Who would play the voice of Smaug?

    by RedJester

    If James Earl Jones can make his voice sinister enough, I think he might be the perfect Smaug. I realize his voice is very recognizable, but I think he could do small things with this voice to make that not the case.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 8:10 p.m. CST

    James West, Verne Troyer is much more realistic

    by RedJester

    He's shorter.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Martin Freeman...

    by tomandshell

    ...would be a fantastic choice. They need to cast an actor, not a celebrity. Can you imagine what it would have been like if Sean Connery had taken the role of Gandalf? We would have been watching Connery the whole time, instead of seeing Ian McKellen disappear into the role. This project doesn't need a big name celebrity cast in the title role in order to be a hit, and I think they realize that. They just need a solid actor who can capture the essence of Bilbo.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Are you really trying to make the case that...

    by RedJester

    Martin Freeman is a better actor than James McAvoy??? God I hope not! Although Freeman definitely should looked at by Del Toro. He might actually work.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Gordito hahaha

    by Dharma4

    Goddamn, this just increases my theory that Guillermo del Toro is the FUCKING man.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Ok, good!

    by Riff_Randell

    So Tom Waits is on again as Bilbo, then.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    That gave me a warm feelings in the loins.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Bilbo! BILBO! bilbo! BAGGINS!

    by The_Crimson_King

    bravest little hobbit of them all!

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Gary Coleman To Play Bilbo Baggins


    Whatchu talkin' 'bout, Gandalf?

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Chi McBride To Play Bilbo Baggins

    by ChocolateJesusMan

    Black Hobbits in Da Hood

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 8:49 p.m. CST

    "Quite a bit older"

    by Kaitain

    "After all Frodo is related to Bilbo....and Elijah is quite a few years older than he was when he played Frodo." <p> Doesn't obviously help, as Bilbo and Frodo were both aged 50 when they set out on their respective grand quests.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Martin Freeman does seem like a good idea.

    by Juggernaut125

    I'd also like to put in my vote (once again) for Nick Frost. I'd like to have my Bilbo be a bit more stout and somewhat comedic. And I think Nick could portray Mr. Baggins as well as any of these other choices.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Gordito means CUTE LITTLE FAT BOY....

    by TheWaqman

    the first two words to do not belong in this description. And is Guillermo in the gordito club? Peter Jackson got smart and cancelled his membership.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Hell No!!!

    by Media Messiah

    I can't stand Tobey Maguaire!!!! He plays all of his characters as if he is a weirdo ready to go postal!!!

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 9 p.m. CST

    Guillermo's nickname for me is...

    by NippleEffect

    'Someone call the police'

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Will Smiff IS Bilbo!

    by NippleEffect

    anyone who doesn't agree is a racist

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Spam Jackson IS Gandalf

    by NippleEffect

    I'm tired of these motherfucking dragons in my mutherfucking mountain

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 9:05 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 9:05 p.m. CST

    JettL93 works for the Sun?

    by ebonic_plague

    I didn't know he was British!

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 9:07 p.m. CST


    by SuperWelling


  • Jan. 18, 2010, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Fucking shit

    by D.Vader

    Let's not bring up JettL93. Please for the love of god, we've got it good so far, let's not ask him to be a part of normality.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 9:09 p.m. CST

    do we really needed this posted?

    by WhoDis

    I mean who listens to the Sun or the Guardian for movie news?

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 9:09 p.m. CST

    do we really needed this posted?

    by WhoDis

    I mean who listens to the Sun or the Guardian for movie news?

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 9:16 p.m. CST

    So Harry has a crispy shell...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...wrapped in flatbread with a layer of beans. Sounds about right.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 9:17 p.m. CST

    F*ck Lautner!!! If him or any of his Twilight cohorts

    by RedJester

    get the Spiderman gig I will officially be done with superhero flicks.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 9:18 p.m. CST

    If Taylor Lautner gets the Spidey gig...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...I will burn every piece of media or hardware I own, CD's, DVD's, Blu-Rays, TV's DVD players, stereo equipment, all of it, manufactured or released by Sony. And I'll shitmouth the new Spidey movie anywhere and everywhere I can! I am NOT kidding!

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 9:23 p.m. CST

    What, THE SUN lies? No way, they're the bastion

    by JT Kirk

    of good taste and honesty. What a perfectly ludicrous happening to occur. Must have been an honest mistake, nothing more. Riiiiiiight.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Sounds like the new Spidey movie...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ... is being cobbled together by a committee. Yeah... because we all know things are so much better when the suits are in charge. I can smell the stink of this thing wafting backwards through time, for chrissakes!

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 9:31 p.m. CST


    by SuperWelling

    Taylor for at least he knows Martial Arts!

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 9:32 p.m. CST

    @jaylenoTookmyJob .lol

    by SuperWelling

    Cmon Spidey will rock it wont be bad!

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Spider-Man's been TWILIGHT'd

    by WhoDis

    you haters will be begging Raimi to come back after this fiasco. Good luck with that.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 9:37 p.m. CST


    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...Go back to your Justin Bleiber downloads and leave the adults the fuck alone!

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 9:38 p.m. CST

    SuperWelling=SONY intern

    by WhoDis

    fuck off.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 9:38 p.m. CST

    SuperWelling=SONY intern

    by WhoDis

    fuck off.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 9:44 p.m. CST

    @whodis Fuck ur mom off

    by SuperWelling

    ur good at that TAYLOR LAUTNER ROCKS!lol ahah

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 9:44 p.m. CST

    wouldn't of been a bad choice


  • Jan. 18, 2010, 9:46 p.m. CST

    @whodis only your mom will be begging raimi to cum!

    by SuperWelling

    in her mouth!lol no one gives to fucks about raimi returning u dipshit!lol

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 9:47 p.m. CST

    @jaylenoTookmyJob .lol

    by SuperWelling

    whos just beiber ur buttfuck boyfreind?lol Taylor rocks 4 SPIDEYY!

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 9:49 p.m. CST

    For the love of Mike...

    by Mr Lucas McAvoy! He's far wetter than Maguire. Tennant is too tall and neither Frost nor Freeman can carry a picture. It's a Paul Giamatti type we need, not some sub-Hugh Grant numpty. So many talkbalkers need to start barking up the right tree.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Please please please get an unknown

    by MurderMostFowl

    You need someone who really fits the part. You don't need anyone who is known for anything else. <BR><BR> I've given up on my quest for Ian Holm. I know he's probably too old.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 10:14 p.m. CST

    My nickname for you is Mont Ginger

    by BBSloth

    And Guillermo's nickname for me? Mr coolniverse.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 10:41 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 10:50 p.m. CST

    If they hadn't used Elijah Woods in the LOTR films,

    by RedJester

    I would've agreed with you Mr. Lucas. But they did, and for continuity purposes McAvoy's the best option out there.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Ricky Gervais for Bilbo!!

    by antonphd

    Come on... we all know he IS Bilbo Baggins.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Jet Li IS Bilbo Baggins

    by Citizen Sane

    You heard it here first. Yeah!!!!

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 12:07 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    I wanna see the poster of him going ass-to-ass with Gollem!

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 12:10 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Bilbo Baggins is...

    by KubricksBellEnd

    Morgan Freeman... In the interests of political correctness, they is gonna white him up for the role. You heard it here furst.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Remove the posts of SuperWelling

    by CaptainBass

    for two reasons. 1) He is spamming like a cunt. 2) He believes that "TAYLOR LAUTNER ROCKS!". Come on! That should be a feckin' lifetime ban right there. P.s the Sun is an absolute fucking disgrace, as is it's average reader.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 12:33 a.m. CST

    That Bilbo Baggins Look + Sound

    by Barry_Woodward

    I happen to think British comedian David Mitchell would be the perfect Bilbo Baggins. He looks and sounds exactly how I always imagined Bilbo to be. If you're unfamiliar with his work, check out Peep Show on Hulu or his video web rants here:

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 2:04 a.m. CST

    monique IS bilbo baggins

    by lavatory love machine

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Let's face it Harry might be fat..but cute?

    by quantize

    no thats the job of those little GIF anims up in the gild the lilly as they say

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 2:58 a.m. CST

    The Sun

    by Samson_K

    I knew a guy, a real cunt of a man, who when he needed some money would phone the tabloids and say 'Clive Owen is the new Doctor Who', the tabloids don't give a shit about movies or tv but they need to fill space so they'd throw him a few hundred pounds and print the shit.<BR><BR>It's changed now as what they do is trawl websites - like here - see a rumour and print it as truth. If the rumour is true then they appear correct, if it's not then none of the readers remember anyway.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 3:55 a.m. CST

    ebonic_plague hahaha

    by Player_Two_has_entered_the_game

    That is just what JettL is!

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 4:10 a.m. CST

    I don't know about Bilbo, but.....

    by maxgod

    i would suggest Brian Blessed as Thorin Danny De Vito as Bombur Ron Perlman as Beorn what ya think?

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 4:27 a.m. CST

    The Sun is for people who can't read.

    by Damien Chowder

    It really is. It's the 2nd most stupid news paper after The Sport and as equally racist as The Daily Mail. It also has too much power in who wins political election. If The Sun tells them to vote for a leg of ham then the ham wins for the next 4 years. Fucking sad!

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 4:42 a.m. CST

    It would be like casting

    by Drsambeckett1984

    Judi Dench as Superman.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 5:03 a.m. CST

    Wouldn't wipe my arse with the Sun!

    by Gabba-UK

    Owned by Murdoch. End of Discussion.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 5:05 a.m. CST

    Ron Pearlman has to be Smaug

    by Drsambeckett1984

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 5:06 a.m. CST

    And as for ignoring The Sun

    by Drsambeckett1984

    They always get their Doctor Who news spot on.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 6:38 a.m. CST

    I wouldn,t use the Sun newspaper to wipe my arse with!

    by drunkenmonkey73

    It still uses a page 3 glamour model showing her boobies to try and sell it. It belongs in the 80's with builders bums, wolf whistles and the Tories.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 6:47 a.m. CST

    @captainBass your'r an ASS

    by SuperWelling

    stfu and GTFO

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 7:03 a.m. CST


    by TehCreepyThinMan

    The communist nation's state-run movie distributor, China Film Group, unexpectedly began pulling the blockbuster science-fiction picture from 1,628 2-D screens this week in favor of a biography of the ancient philosopher Confucius.<br> <br>Paul Hanneman, co-president of international distribution for 20th Century Fox, the movie's distributor, confirmed the move, which the studio learned about Monday evening.<br> <br>According to the Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily, the switch was made at the urging of propaganda officials who are concerned that "Avatar" is taking too much market share from Chinese films and drawing unwanted attention to the sensitive issue of forced evictions.<br> <br>Millions of Chinese have been uprooted to make way for high-rise buildings and government infrastructure projects in the fast-growing country. In "Avatar," human colonists try to demolish the village of an alien race to obtain a precious energy source buried under it.<br> <br>

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Good, i was kind of pissed

    by Xian042

    The Tobe was good for spidey but I think we need someone a little more intense for The Bagster.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 7:49 a.m. CST

    how many times is AICN gonna try to "confirm" SUN stories?

    by RedHorseVector

    you guys look like fucking morons when you do this.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 9:14 a.m. CST

    so the last denial didn`t count or what??

    by theDannerDaliel

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Ian McShane + Smaug

    by smddoc

    The one piece of casting I really would love to see Ian McShane as Smaug would rule.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 9:17 a.m. CST

    But that shot of him giving a pissy face

    by Series7

    At the Globes when getting beat by Bridges because he realized he'll forever be known as Spiderman....not bullshit.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 9:18 a.m. CST

    And Peter Dinklidge as one of the Dwarfs

    by smddoc

    Gotta have some peter Dinklidge in there somewhere

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Paul Giamatti: the perfect Bilbo

    by smddoc

    If they can get past the need to cast a young guy as Bilbo, Paul Giamatti would be a perfect choice

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Ha ha ha!

    by Grrrr....

    The sun is making stuff up?! Shocking.... The readers who mailed you must really be retarded... Only retards read The Sun but truly moronic retards believe anything they read in there. Bunch of Pommie Yobs...

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 10:48 a.m. CST

    All "FOIST" posters must die.

    by Skyway Moaters

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 10:58 a.m. CST

    All AICN haters can FUCK OFF...

    by Skyway Moaters

    Why do you read? Why do you post? Some woefully misguided sense of superiority? FUCK OFF!

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 11:06 a.m. CST

    cue everyone slagging off the sun...

    by JAMF

    as if what the other 'respectable' newspapers print ISN'T bollocks...

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Maxgod: What do I think of Brian Blessed as Thorin?

    by Skyway Moaters

    RETARDED. What the hell is up with fanboy love for actors that are too old to play specific characters?! <p> Blessed is 72. Thorin is a middle aged Dwarf (about 300 years old) who must appear relatively youthful and robust. He's a badass worrior. Blessed, (albeit, reportedly, very fit for a 72 year old) is far to old to convincingly pull off a turn as Thorin Oakenshield.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 11:27 a.m. CST

    OGREISHERE: Tennant is great...

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... but he's far too thin to play Bilbo Baggins. Fatten him up by about 50 lb and I'm right with you.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Erm, AragornElfstone...

    by Skyway Moaters

    "Gordito rojo" actually translates as "Fat[man]Redhead" which is a truthfull description of Harry Knowels. I have met him, and fat and redhead aside, he is a capitol fellow! DIE AICN HATERS!

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 11:42 a.m. CST

    No Grisp...

    by Skyway Moaters

    Although McAvoy would be a fine choice IMO, the role of Bilbo Baggins is yet to be cast.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Martin Freeman !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Salchucks

    He would make the best Bilbo am I the only one that sees this??

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Tim Curry for the voice of Smaug!!!

    by Skyway Moaters

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 12:14 p.m. CST

    tomandshell Drath and others: Martin Freeman...

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... is an excellant choice for Bilbo.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 12:14 p.m. CST

    What do I think of Skyway Moaters in ANYTHING?

    by Hooded Justice

    RETARDED!<p>In any case, given the large number of miscast actors in the LOTR trilogy, plus the many misjudgments and overall mediocrity of the franchise, there's little chance that they'll pick anyone halfway appropriate for Bilbo Baggins.<p>As for this site, it has long ago - and by its own (repeated and unapologetic) admission - become subsumed into the marketing departments of Hollywood studios. Hence, withheld 'negative' (read: unbiased) reviews of 'favoured' movies (read: by directors Harry wants to get 'in' with), naked and absurd self-promotion, added to the delusion that Harry and his ilk are looked upon with anything other than contempt by his pretend e-mail Hollywood chums. Yes, it's RETARDED all right.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 12:17 p.m. CST

    ...and did I mention PLANTS?

    by Hooded Justice

    Ah, there it is.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Erm, "EXCELLENT"...

    by Skyway Moaters

    Hobbit age does not = human age. A Hobbit of 33 = a hman of 21. A Hobbit of 50 = a human of 33.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 12:27 p.m. CST

    SexyBack: You are an idiot...

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... please stop posting.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Hobbit age

    by Hooded Justice

    So, Frodo in the LOTR movies, looks like a hobbit of 18. Terefore that would make him a human of, er, 12? Interesting.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 12:29 p.m. CST

    "Terefore" is hobbitspeak for "therefore"

    by Hooded Justice

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 12:31 p.m. CST

    LOL Ebonic!

    by Skyway Moaters

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 12:48 p.m. CST

    BALTAR: You aren't worth replying to...

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... so I won't.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST

    The Sun:

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    I've been to the UK several times, but never spent any time there reading newspapers. So, I take it The Sun is like, what? Sort of a newspaper equivalent of FOX News crossed with the old supermarket tabloid The Weekly World News? So what, then, is the UK equivalent of Bat Boy? Or Glen Beck, for that matter?

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Dinklage can't play a dwarf in Hobbit!

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    He looks too "dwarfy". Sad isn't it? This is what we've come to. A hard-working actual dwarf can't get an acting job playing a fantasy dwarf. The irony!

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST

    You are also an idiot HoodedJustice...

    by Skyway Moaters fucked up is YOUR sceen name? LOL! Please stop posting.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST


    by Skyway Moaters can lick my taint Hooded Justice. As if I would let a syphilitic mutant such as yourself anywhere near my asshole.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Ian Holm in some looking younger makeup

    by Hervoyel

    Seriously, they need to use the most current version of the method they used to make Richard Dreyfuss young again for "Mr Holland's Opus" to put Ian Holm back in the drivers seat on this role. It's not just for continuity either. He just IS Bilbo Baggins. Casting anyone else in this part is totally fucked up.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Never believe anything you read in the papers

    by Series7

    Especially The Mirror - From a movie no one saw. The Wonder Emporium of Dr. Parnassus.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 1:16 p.m. CST

    JayLenoTookMyJob: Tolkien Dwarves do not...

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... = human Dwarfs...

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Hervoyel: The role of Bilbo Baggins is far too...

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... physical for an actor of Ian Holm's (78?) age.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 2:21 p.m. CST

    LOTR "miscast"...

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... HoodedJusstice? (lol about your screen name BTW) <p> Please, you must expound! <p> Ian Mckellan? Ian Holm? Kate Blanchett? Andy Serkis? Viggo Mortensen? Liv Tyler? Hugo Weaving?Brad Douriff? Christopher Lee! Sean Astin? Sean Bean? Orlando Bloom? John Rys Davies? Elijah Wood?!!!!!! You must be more specific my dear MORON.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Oh, and AICN haters? Go fuck yourselves...

    by Skyway Moaters

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Who quit who?

    by cynicusprime

    The Sun story also said that Maguire quit SM4, not that the studio fired everyone and started over. So there's that. Martin Freeman = Bilbo, btw.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Er, Skyway Moaters?

    by Hooded Justice

    You? Think? Typing? Actors'? Names? In? Rapid? Succession? And? Adding? Question? Marks? Is? Saying? Anything?<p>Think we can't do it too?<p>William Shatner? Meryl Streep? Gerard Dépardieu? Colin Farrell? Whatsisname from Harry Potter? You know, the guy with the beard? The guy who played the petrol pump attendant in the background near the start of Psycho before she gets to the motel?<p>What's your point? What are you trying to say? Could you be specific? Will you please reply so we can laugh some more? At you, not with you? Moron says what?

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 4:54 p.m. CST


    by SuperWelling


  • Jan. 19, 2010, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Digital De-Aging

    by Darkplanet

    I think there's a great case here for the digital de-aging of Ian Holm. He's perfect for the roll and it would be a fantastic opportunity to showcase the technology. This would give older high-caliber actors some outstanding longevity.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 5:22 p.m. CST

    the only possible miscast in LOTR

    by MurderMostFowl

    was maybe Faramir. The thing is that it was mostly writing, and not really the actor per se. Boromir was such a scene stealer and so perfectly cast and written for that when we get to Faramir, who is supposed to be better and stringer and more likable, it was bound to miss. That character was definitely robbed in the script but I think there's a tiny bit of miscasting there too.<BR><BR> Oh and there's the "elf that doesn't belong" random guy in TT I think it is. I think it's at helms deep... he has like one line and you look at him and say "huh? what? you're in the wrong movie dude"<BR><BR>Oh an the Orc leader from TT ( or ROTK ) that looks like he has a birth defect was poorly done too, but this is again mostly the fault of Lurtz being so awesome in the first movie. <BR><BR> Overall I thought the cast in LOTR was inspired especially looking at the pressure they were under by the fans. I was whincing all the way to the premier, but I immediately accepted nearly every one of them.<BR><BR> I think almost every other place people take issue with "cast" is really due to writing.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Jack Black IS Gordito in "The Gordito Rojo Story"!

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Holy shit, why didn't I think of Ian McShane as Smog sooner?

    by RedJester

    Perfect casting that!

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 6:41 p.m. CST

    I called the Lautner as Spidey thing a week ago

    by SithMenace

    Because they want Spider-Man to appeal to the Twilight girls. It's a win-win in their book. I also said the director of Bring It On: All Or Nothing will direct it, let's hope I'm wrong on that one. <p>I guess they forgot that Peter Parker is a nerd in high school.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Hooded Justice: Moron says...

    by Skyway Moaters

    WTF? You can't possibly that thick. Um, on second thought...

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 7:19 p.m. CST


    by SuperWelling

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 7:56 p.m. CST

    I called weta 2 weeks ago

    by cornponious

    and stated the case for Martin Freeman to play Bilbo. I requested a call from Peter Jackson. Am I crazy?

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 8:40 p.m. CST

    How come there wasn't any release-coverage of Lovely Bones?

    by Tall_Boy66

    Is it cause the movie got bad reviews and Harry is chummy with the director? I remember quite a lot of coverage when the movie was revving up but now that it hit theatres... nothing. A big tumbleweed. Methinks Harry is trying to keep his pwesents coming from PJ.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Tall_Boy66 releases of non embargoed movies on AICN

    by MurderMostFowl

    If a movie wasn't embargoed, especially if AICN got to do early reviews and early articles on it, they never seem to post much at all about it. I can cound at least a dozen movies last year that hardly got a peep upon their release but got at least 2 TBs prior to that.<BR><BR> But really can you blame anyone? People don't come to this site to read about what's already in theaters. That's pretty boring. <BR><BR>Yes, there are exceptions, but those are usually those that are notable for some other reason.

  • Jan. 20, 2010, 4:39 a.m. CST


    by SunTzu77

    Tobey would be absolutely horrible for the role. The guy can not act... he has absolutely no expression. He's freakin' horrible.

  • Jan. 20, 2010, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Disappointed, Skyway, disappointed...

    by Hooded Justice

    Expected something genuinely hilarious from you. Never expected you to actually give up. That's what I get for overestimating people's abilities. Next!

  • Jan. 20, 2010, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Ah yes HJ the "law of diminishing returns"...

    by Skyway Moaters

    Is the dope you're replying to worth the time it takes to type the post? A phenomenon I'm sure you're familiar with. There's no cure for the "thickness disease" I'm afraid...

  • Jan. 20, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Nah, you're just refusing to open your mouth...

    by Hooded Justice order to deny us our laughs.That's cold.<p>Cold, in an over-reliance-on-mediocre-second-footage kinda way (I'm looking at YOU, LOTR).

  • Jan. 20, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Christopher Biggins

    by Super Joker