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Bilbo In THE HOBBIT May Very Well Be Played By...

Published at: Sept. 8, 2010, 2:19 p.m. CST by merrick

Merrick here...
Yesterday, The Sun ran an article saying that Martin Freeman (THE OFFICE) had been offered the coveted Bilbo Baggins role in THE HOBBIT movie. The Sun said he'd declined said offer, and the substantive paycheck that might've accompanied it, because he was committed to shooting more installments of SHERLOCK for BBC (SHERLOCK being the smart modernization of Arthur Conan Doyle's Holmes character from current DOCTOR WHO overlord Steven Moffat - Freeman plays Dr. John Watson). EW is saying that The Sun's information was correct - but has added an intriguing new twist to the casting saga:
according to sources close to the Hobbit production, it’s not over yet. New Line and MGM, the studios backing the Hobbit films, have since come back to Freeman with a proposed schedule that would allow him to shoot both projects. All parties are currently negotiating a deal.
...says THIS snippet over at EW. Obviously, the ultra-awesome Ian Holm previously portrayed Bilbo in Peter Jackson's (subsequently set) LORD OF THE RINGS films - this admittedly crude side-by-side comparison of Freeman (l) and Holm (r) suggests a strong resemblance, thus a not-terribly-surprising continuity.

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  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:15 p.m. CST

    THANK GOD

    by Anything But Tangerines

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST

    SHIT OR GET OFF THE POT, MGM

    by Darth Busey

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Just make the movie already!!!

    by rpalompo

    Can't wait.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Inspired!

    by MattDomville

    ...although I'd hate to lose him from "Sherlock". That show's excellent.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Do it

    by Tacoloft

    Looks like a good match.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:18 p.m. CST

    I've only seen him in...

    by Kammich

    ...the bizarre Hitchhiker's Guide adaptation, but he was probably the best part of that movie(besides staring at Zooey Deschanel, of course). so I've got no qualms with him getting the part. but I do agree, get the ball rolling on this damn thing.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:19 p.m. CST

    I thought MGM was broke?

    by RPLocke

    Why keep announcing casting for The Hobbit, when you know it's never going to get made?

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:22 p.m. CST

    sounds good

    by imagegod

    that guy is kinda ugly and hobbit-like. plus he can play humble and likeable. i likes, now let's get this thing moving with Jackson at the helm.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Who the fuck turns that down??

    by Toby Wan

    That's when you call BBC and tell them, " Pack up my shit. I ain't coming home. Sue me, wankers. I will have plenty of money to pay you off."

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Freeman is box office poison

    by Planty_McPlant_Plants_His_Plant_At_AICN

    Just ask the studio behind The Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Maybe when they offered the first time he had just...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...sat through a movie marathon showing of King Kong.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Sherlock is excellent, but...

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Seriously, The Hobbit is stuck in limbo and how fucking long can it take to film three 90 minute episodes of series two of Sherlock? Never fear; we'll get at least one, if not two, more series of Sherlock before cameras roll on The Hobbit.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Please please please let it be true

    by DonLogan

    my faith in this would be fully restored if they cast Freeman as Bilbo. He cannot be blamed for the disappointment that was Hitchhikers Guide.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Maybe he saw The Lovely Bones?

    by RPLocke

    I'd turn down the Hobbit too, if I saw that.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Still holding out hope....

    by zastrow

    ....that Nick Frost will get offered that gig.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Yeah, that's right

    by funkylovemonkey

    Hitch Hiker's Guide failed because of Martin Freeman.... it had nothing to do with a piss poor unfunny script and generally uninspired direction.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Freeman would be a great Hobbit

    by moviemaniac-7

    Now... let's get these fucking movies made! Dear MGM, get your shit together and give us (in this order): Bond, Hobbit and Cabin in the Woods!

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Holm played Bilbo twice

    by Mike Connor

    He also voiced the character in the BBC radio adaptation which has better acting, better writing, better music, and better sets than the Peter Jackson films. The picture is better on radio.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:37 p.m. CST

    AWESOME

    by elsewhere

    I hope he accepts the role. He's been my number one choice to play Bilbo.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Are They Going To Do a 'Return of The Jedi'..

    by Pawprint

    And CGI Freeman's face over Holm's in the LOTR: FOTR prologue, I wonder, rather like they did with Annakin's 'Force Ghost' (Christiansen in for Sebastian Shaw)?

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:39 p.m. CST

    This site does a fucking bilbo could be every fucking week

    by Neck_Lucas

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:42 p.m. CST

    How on Earth could he have turned it down?

    by Nice Marmot

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Planty_McPlant, STFU YOU MORON!!! AS IF HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE.....

    by CreationistTechnophobicManiacs

    Had any chance of becoming a smash hit. I'm amazed that it did as well as it did. The novel itself is dry British observational humour with an elemnt of ironic detachment. Not something the slobs of America would go for. Not enough dick and fart jokes I'm afraid.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST

    FREEMAN would be a great Bilbo

    by odysseus

    Can't think of anyone better

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Creationist, calm down dude

    by Planty_McPlant_Plants_His_Plant_At_AICN

    Before you give yourself a stroke. All I'm saying is the average person is going to think "I HATED Hitchhikers, maybe Freeman sucked in it". So in that sense, he is box office poison.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Good Casting

    by hallmitchell

    When are they shooting this thing?

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Fantastic!

    by TheDudeinLA

    He is a great choice!

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Great pick

    by jimmy_009

    Hope they can work it out.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:58 p.m. CST

    I can't believe people are still banging on...

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... about "de-aging" Ian Holm. God love him, but the man is 78 years old for cripes sake. The role of Bilbo in "The Hobbit" is FAR to physical for a man Sir Ian's age. Bilbo is 111 at the beginning of LOTR. He's 50 at the time of the Hobbit (equivalent to mid 30ies for modern humans). <p> As for MGM's "brokeness", there's this from TORN: "The Los Angeles Times reports today that Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, founders of Spyglass Entertainment, have signed a non-binding letter of intent to manage MGM," - Which would mean a $500 mil infusion of cash if they go through with it. Sooo, this thing may actually, FINALLY, get off the ground. Here's hoping...

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Morgan Freeman?

    by nietzschebot

    He's in every movie anyway. I suggest he would make an excellent hobbit.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:01 p.m. CST

    The Hobbit will never happen.

    by disfigurehead

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:03 p.m. CST

    hitch-hikers

    by oisin5199

    you had Martin Freeman, Stephen Fry, Zooey Deschanel, Sam Rockwell, Bill Nighy. So why didn't it work? Is it all the fault of the egregiously miscast Mos Def? or something else?

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:03 p.m. CST

    nononononoooooo

    by Wyndam Earle

    this guy has no gravitas at all. bilbos' character is all about subtext and this guy is just too "gooey". he doesn't project the inner strength needed for the role. not a bad guy I'm sure, just wrong for the part.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:07 p.m. CST

    HHG Failed because...

    by tensticks

    it was both a bad movie on its own AND a poor adaptation of beloved, classic source material. (Much like Watchmen.) Most of the cast was excellent, but the performances were not. I could drone on about this forever, but I won't. Long story short: the fault lies with (a) Douglas Adams for constantly second guessing his own youthful genius by rewriting/revising it to death (literally) in middle age and (b) the filmmakers who were so intent on honoring Adams' "spirit" (which he didn't belive in) that they failed to see the LETTER of his genius was manifested BEST, strongest, smartest and funniest in its EARLIEST incarnations. They were so determined to disatance themselves from those early incarnations and simultaneously create a self contained Hollywood-palatable "product" that they failed on ALL counts and delivered a good lucking but utterly incoherent, unfunny mess, shot through with small flashes of brilliance to indicate what MIGHT have been. Freeman as Bilbo? Maybe, but I'd have to be convinced. And anyway hasn't TORN already debunked this?

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:07 p.m. CST

    I'm all for this choice.

    by RETURN_of_FETT

    I liked him in Hitchiker's Guide.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:08 p.m. CST

    I like him

    by wash

    F the haters.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Every post disfigurehead makes:

    by Skyway Moaters

    "Blah blah blah, I'm a clueless tool, blah blah". The LOTR films grossed over 2 BILLION U.S. Someone WILL make this...

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST

    This story came from the Daily Mail

    by Drsambeckett1984

    The newspaper equivalent of lies and deceit!

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    I hope DAWN plays Smaug!!!

    by Tigger Tales

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Obvious Choice

    by Flummage

    Not necessarily a good one, or a bad one, it's just always seemed somehow the most likely.<br /> <br /> I'm not all that invested in Freeman, so I'll wait it out and see what comes our way.<br /> <br /> I get the feeling this films are going to be made, hell or high water. On reflection, how could they not be? Toxic debt be damned. <br /> <br /> I remember seeing those first pictures from Weta in Empire Magazine, of Tolkien's ork army arising over a long hilltop, prompting my first real experience of anticipating a large pop culture behemoth gradually stomping its way to birth near a cinema not so near me, not so very soonish.<br /> <br /> The sweet, sweet agony slowly churns into motion once more. I await thee, shining scoundrel, I await thee.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Not my ideal choice but not a bad one either

    by RedJester

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Nice Marmot

    by 300 monkeys

    He would have had no choice, if he is still under contract to the BBC to do Sherlock. Thus, it falls back to the Hobbit producers to shift their schedule, and/or contact the Sherlock people themselves to see if something can be worked out, which is what it sounds like is happening now. Never heard of him, but he looks great for the part.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:36 p.m. CST

    SIMON PEGG FOR BILBO YOU FUCKERS!!!

    by CreationistTechnophobicManiacs

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:37 p.m. CST

    I couldn't get through 10 mins of the HITCHHIKER'S movie.

    by ColonelFatheart

    And I generally like "British" humor, but this movie was far too precious and cutesy, and I'm sorry, BSB, but Zooey is cute to look at, but annoying.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST

    coinkadink

    by slappy magoo

    I had been thinking about Freeman earlier today...no, not like THAT...I saw some Kindle-esque poster that included an image from Hitchhiker's, it made me think about the movie, and how Freeman maybe got a bit of a bum rap from that movie tanking - not a great movie, but he was quite good in it. Cool beans if he gets it.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST

    disfigurehead

    by slone13

    You really don't have a clue, do you?

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:40 p.m. CST

    behind it 100%

    by Superponte

    I loved him on the office. He has displayed an excellent range in the various roles I have seen him in. I welcome it, and the chance for him to break out to the wider audience Hobbit would produce.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Personally, I'm more interested in seeing...

    by SnootyBoots

    the three SHERLOCK episodes (which will be on PBS in October and November) than the two (Two?!) THE HOBBIT movies. Which is only meant to be a comment on myself, who digs himself some Sherlock Holmes.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST

    The ring was supposed to prevent Bilbo from aging.

    by V'Shael

    So it makes no fucking sense to go with Martin Freeman, and claim that it works because you think he has some passing resemblance to a YOUNG Ian Holm.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:48 p.m. CST

    The fog is getting thicker...

    by Le Vicious Fishus

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:49 p.m. CST

    MORGAN FREEMAN? W?T?F????

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:49 p.m. CST

    There are no black hobbits!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:49 p.m. CST

    and Freeman is getting LARGER...

    by Le Vicious Fishus

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Oh! MARTIN Freeman!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Serves me right for not readin the whole post.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Here's whatcha do...

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    Pull Dick Smith out of the old folks home and make Freeman up to just like appropriately aged Holm as Bilbo. Fix his nose, brows and age him. <BR><BR>Done.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Martin Freeman.....of course!

    by ninefingeredfrodo

    He was my first pick when they first announced they were going to film The Hobbit. James McAvoy was runner-up. Now if we can only see Paul Bettany as Thranduil and Richard Armitage as Bard from Lake Town I'll be one happy camper!

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Who's directing this fucker?

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    I know that Jackson is understood to be director in proxy now that del Toro has flown the coop to Mythosland. But is that a done deal?

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST

    V'Shael

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Listen to him punkasses! He just CHOPPED all yall. Holm hasnt aged a bit. No reaswon to cast someone else. <br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>CHOPPED

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Fish: The great Irving Kershner is helming this badboy.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Former Secretary of State Richard Armitage?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Well he does kinda look like a plump and jolly bard

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Holm did NOT play Bilbo in the BBC dramatization

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    He played Frodo (and was--as always--amazing).

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Paul Bettany shouldplay Legolas in this

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 4 p.m. CST

    Kershner--Don't I wish.

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    Maybe they could de-age him too after they wheel him out of the old folk's home.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Kershner's gonna play Larry David in the Curb prequel

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST

    I think The_Choppah should play...

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    The Great Goblin.<BR><BR>That'd be one scary ass motherfucking goblin.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Will Howard Shore do the score? Or will PJ scre him?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 4:05 p.m. CST

    If Shore is out, I'll kill myself.

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    I'm serious. <BR><BR>I don't want to live in a world with a Shoreless HOBBIT film.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Freeman and Holm

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    Face shape similar. Other than that, they don't really look much alike at all.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Freeman is perfect

    by Hooded Justice

    Always has been the obvious, no 1 choice.<p>He was excellen in Hitchhiker's guide - it's the movie itself that wasn't great.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST

    I'm down with Freeman

    by Le Vicious Fishus

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST

    He looks like a good casting choice.

    by TrinityKilla

    They are also building sets and have tons of other things done. I don't know that this movie is ever getting made though.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST

    MGM < FREAKING BOND 23 MAN!!

    by Axl Z

    I hear Clint Eastwood could be game..

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Always been my pick

    by palooka_boy

    And is it just me or does he look strangely like John Krasinski in that picture?

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 4:36 p.m. CST

    YES!

    by Crow3711

    He's great, he should be in more things, and he fucking knocked Hitchhikers Guide out of the park. I really enjoy this guy. And Hitchhikers, book and movie.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST

    SnootyBoots

    by mr

    You're in for a treat, Sherlock was great....especially episode 3. Enjoy.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST

    simple solution (s)

    by GavinVanDraven

    do a life-cast of Ian Holm's face and make a prosthetic appliance or 2 to fill out the areas of Freeman's face to better match Holm. better yet, if the life-cast used for Alien is still around then you have a young Ian Holm's face to work from. (they made one to do Ash's dismembered android head for when it gets burned)alternatively, do a life-cast of Freeman, scan both into a computer and digitally replace his face with the young Ian Holm's life-cast face. i would prefer to see the make-up trick used before cgi however. more cost effective, less distracting. and before anyone grumbles that "it cant be done"... notice that Ian Mckellan's nose as Gandalf is a prosthetic, and most of the characters in LOTR have some kind of prosthetic. ears, feet, that girl that plays Legolas has a codpiece.... Gimli's whole face...

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    This talkback has revealed

    by HansBubi

    how few AICN readers watched the original The Office. I suppose the only thing that means is British humor has not been at the top of the list of priorities for geeks. Interesting.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Will they used the revised Hobbit

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    outline? <P> Where Santa Claus is the original Hobbit who left middle earth and became the jolly ol' "elf" (I love the irony) that we all know and love. <P> I'd like to see the version. It's somewhere on line. <P> It makes sense too, since Santa looks like a hobbit.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Theveryfirst: I appreciate your idea

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    of having me in The Hobbit. <P> But the few months I spent in Hollywood was more than enough to quit the business for good. <P> It's a wasteland out there.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Guess what HansBubi?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    no one cares about the "original" The Office. Why? Because it sucks. It's pretentious Brit humor that makes you want to suck on an exhaust pipe and end it all. <P> At least the US version had some great moments the first 4 seasons. <P> CHOP THAT.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Le Vicious: If Shore is out, I'll kill myself.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Please do, fishboy.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 4:50 p.m. CST

    RE: Martin Freeman

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Not necessarily a good one, or a bad one, it's just always seemed somehow the most likely. <P> I'm not all that invested in Freeman, so I'll wait it out and see what comes our way. <P> I get the feeling these films are going to be made, hell or high water. On reflection, how could they not be? Toxic debt be damned. <P> I remember seeing those first pictures from Weta in Empire Magazine, of Tolkien's ork army arising over a long hilltop, prompting my first real experience of anticipating a large pop culture behemoth gradually stomping its way to birth near a cinema not so near me, not so very soonish. <P> The sweet, sweet agony slowly churns into motion once more. I await thee, shining scoundrel, I await thee.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Choppah

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    If I kill myself, I'm taking you with me.<BR><BR>I don't want to live in a Choppaless hell.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 4:51 p.m. CST

    The worst thing about Freeman in hitchiker's

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    is that he wasn't Hugh Laurie..FUCK why didnt that happen?!!!

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Yeah for untalented actors

    by RPLocke

    WOOOOO!

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Bad Fucking Idea

    by Thall_Joben

    No, don't go there - he fucked up Hithiker for me, dumb piece of casting. Totaly not in the same league as any cast member from LOTR. If he's in it, fuck the film. No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No . Dumb fucking idea!!!!

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Hobbits don't grow beards chop...

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... and you're still not funny...

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:12 p.m. CST

    James. Mcavoy

    by The_Myhand

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST

    John Le Mesurier

    by Mr Lucas

    played Bilbo in the BBC radio LOTR.<P> Sherlock is great (in Moff we trust), but Freeman is entirely unconvincing as either a medical or ex-military man. His default setting is to look confused. Still, I prefer even him to that smug wanker McAvoy.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Vshael: RE: Bilbo's appearance...

    by Skyway Moaters

    The ring doesn't prevent aging it slows it down, dramatically. Gollum is well over 500 years old at the time of LOTR. the point is that the role is far too physical for a man of Holm's age to be convincing in the part. I always thought Holm looked a bit to old in LOTR for the very reason you've cited. Who are the alternatives to Freeman? Who do y'all like for the part? I've heard McAvoy bandied about. Too pretty for a Hobbit I deem, but there's always makeup...

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Freeman's got talent

    by davidwebb

    and he's always likeable in lighter roles. The problem is when he gets stuck with writers/directors who want him to be Tim From The Office. But beyond that, he's very much a case of you either love-him-or-hate-him.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Hobbits would look cooler with beards

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Really, though, this is an obvious choice

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Not necessarily a good one, or a bad one, it's just always seemed somehow the most likely. <p> I'm not all that invested in Freeman, so I'll wait it out and see what comes our way. <p> I get the feeling this films are going to be made, hell or high water. On reflection, how could they not be? Toxic debt be damned. <p> I remember seeing those first pictures from Weta in Empire Magazine, of Tolkien's ork army arising over a long hilltop, prompting my first real experience of anticipating a large pop culture behemoth gradually stomping its way to birth near a cinema not so near me, not so very soonish. <p> The sweet, sweet agony slowly churns into motion once more. I await thee, shining scoundrel, I await thee.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:28 p.m. CST

    "orc" sorry

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:30 p.m. CST

    I will say this though: LOTR is vastly over-rated

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I wold posit that even the prequel trilogy is a better set of films.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Anakins turn to the dark side is better than Frodos change

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Its more surprising and real, and Elija Woods is half the actor Hayden Christian is (thats not saying much though rofl). Plus at least the hero in the PT had a LOVE interest unlike Froddo (unless you count Sam roflmao!!!!)

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Hat FM!

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:35 p.m. CST

    The cgi is more convincing too....lucas has a better eye

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    for cg landscapes than Jackson ever did...

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Seems like the perfect choice to me

    by NeverTalksBack

    Hope he can alter his schedule to do it ;)

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST

    BTW I gotta start agreeing with

    by NeverTalksBack

    the people who say AICN is starting to lose it's edge. AICN gets scooped on like EVERYTHING at this point! Why is there no story on the Dark Towers Universal deal?! AICN... you are starting to make me sad :(

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:40 p.m. CST

    "lucas has a better eye for cg landscapes than Jackson ever did.

    by Nic_Cages_Real_Hair

    Choppah, re-watch "The Phantom Menace" and "The Fellowship of the Ring" back to back, and you will be forced to reconsider your opinion

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:41 p.m. CST

    NeverTalksBack

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Seriously homes. WTF is happening around here??? Wheres the NEWS??? <p>Well I got news for ya. Theres a whole lotta CHOPPING goin' on!

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Lao_Che you are so right

    by Planty_McPlant_Plants_His_Plant_At_AICN

    Hugh Laurie in Hitch Hikers would have been awesome sauce. Instead we got two note Freeman. The two notes being "baffled" and "bemused". Prepare for two note Bilbo.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Just watched em both on Blu Ray, Nic Cage

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I was having doubts myself but turns out they were unfounded...Lucas is the master

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:43 p.m. CST

    They should get a younger Gandalf too.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Maybe THATS who James Macavoy should play

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Heh, no kidding CHOPPAH

    by NeverTalksBack

    Every scoop I see on major movie news I find at fuckin entertainment weekly for christ sake! WTF? <p> <p> In reference to Lucas/Jackson CGI landscapes, I thought Jackson used more "Biggatures" for that stuff? Or was that just the castles etc?

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Shit I even think the first Naria movie is better than FOTR

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Makes sense really since Tolken was half the writer CS Lewis was

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:47 p.m. CST

    I think it was just the castles NeverTalksBack.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    And yeah it gets sadder and sadder in here every day. Fuckin place is three days behind on scoops ON AVERAGE. The reviews are scattershot and inconsistent. And the fucking TBs are over-run by trolls. Hopefully now that schools back on theyll go back to wacking off to pictures of Mary Olsen or whatever teen dream is the shit right now.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:49 p.m. CST

    I remember when I thought Elijah Wood was miscast...

    by tiggr009

    Actually, I still believe that.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Wood was miscats....hire actuall little people this time!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    DINKLAGE FOR BILBO!!!

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST

    ZOMG HARRYS DVD PUKES ER PICS R UP!!!!1!!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:56 p.m. CST

    http://tinyurl.com/25q85hf

    by TheJudger

    this muther fucker looks nothing like ian holmes did when he was younger. This movie has become the biggest joke of the industry and no one cares to see it anymorem because of the back and fourth. it's like promising to send someone a present after showing it to them and then a few years pass and then finally th e present arrives and the person is honestly not fucking overjoyed about it anymore. This movie is dead. Bury it for many years and then maybe come back. The fans have left the building...

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Judgers right. This will bomb.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Ha ha ha @ THE_CHOPPAH

    by NeverTalksBack

    That'd be nice, there do seem to be ALOT more trolls. Fingers crossed

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 6 p.m. CST

    Jackson has lost his touch which wasnt much anyway

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Even his "master piece" Heavenly Creatures is over-rated

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 6 p.m. CST

    I don't like him

    by CherryValance

    *shrug*

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 6 p.m. CST

    also someone is a cunt

    by TheJudger

    this doucher for saying no and your guys for kneeing it back to his dick to get him to play the role. Since when do assholes who say no get it anyways. who's the bigger bitch here. who got the cock in the mouth and sauce on the lips. Both of you cunts do. if this fuckimbreed little fat nose midget fucking oasis unibrow mutherfucking self cock suckign fuck said no to me. i'd piss in a bottle of wine and send it to him with a letter telling him to shove it up his ass for being a dumb fucking streched out crab infected puss leaching cunt.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Judger bringin truth to the proceedings!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    You CHOP well, Judger....or should I call you Executioner?????

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 6:05 p.m. CST

    I'm sorry man it's just

    by TheJudger

    wow you can say no now in the buisness and it wont hurt your chances. I'd rather have a how high guy in the role. You know someone who maybe makes a video of themselves playing the character and calls up weta constantly and tell them how much they love the character and how hard they will work to do the role justice. Wow this shit here just fucking confuses me.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Exactly: Who does this punk Freeman think he is?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Stupid Hollywood suits probably get him mixed upw tih Morgan Freeman anyway. Morons

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 6:07 p.m. CST

    These movies are goin to bury Jackson....................

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    ........................that is, if Tinton doesnt do it first!

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Hobbit Schnobit

    by trekguy1966

    If they wait too fucking long, no one will give a damn anymore. It will be like the Star Wars prequels.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Swell.

    by the_box_drone

    Freeman is kind of a one-note actor, but IMO that note should harmonize perfectly with the role of Bilbo Baggins.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Gareth needs a role

    by SuperLoserFish

    "I could catch a monkey. If I was starving I could. I'd make poison darts out of the poison of the deadly frogs. One milligram of that poison can kill a monkey. Or a man. Prick yourself and you'd be dead within a day. Or longer. Different frogs, different times. " Thank you IMDB

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Straight Man?

    by Dreamfasting

    Looking over his style and examples of his work, he seems to be often playing the fish-out-of-water straight man. Have they framed this Bilbo as a hobbit hanging on to his sanity amongst a ruckus of dwarves?

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Awesome!

    by JustinSane

    I've been on the Freeman train since Hobbit was announced, so hopefully this works out.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Could work

    by ricarleite2

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 7:19 p.m. CST

    eh? If by Strong Resemblance you mean

    by MurderMostFowl

    If you mean they're both white and British, I suppose you're right. They could have done worse.. .like Making Mos Def play Ford Prefect.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Finally some news

    by mortsleam

    Actually, this is not news. He was always the obvious choice. The real news is that there is a possibility he may not do it. First Jackson, then Del Toro, now Freeman. Does no one actually want to do this movie? What's next, "Ian McKellan had to back out of the Hobbit because he's doing a one-man revival of Richard III." For fuck's sake, film this shit already!<p>...<p>I gotta stop watching Taxi Driver before going to work.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 8:08 p.m. CST

    I don;t see a resemblance

    by ATARI

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Strong resemblance??

    by Mono

    They're both Caucasian, I guess... I'm not sure if that line was meant to be a joke or what. These two men look almost nothing alike.<p> Side note: I don't think it matters much. Martin Freeman is a great choice.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Martin Freeman is a twat if he passes on The Hobbit

    by BetterCallSaul

    He is perfect for the role

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Perfect, perfect, perfect

    by david19

    Perfect, perfect, perfect,perfect, perfect,perfect, perfect,perfect, perfect,perfect, perfect,perfect, perfect,perfect, perfect,perfect, perfect,perfect, perfect,perfect, perfect,perfect, perfect,perfect, perfect,perfect, perfect,perfect, perfect,perfect, perfect

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Freeman

    by david19

    Id be totally ok with it if they Anakin-ed his ass into Fellowship. I can't think of anyone who could embody a young Bilbo better than Freeman. Someone said Simon Pegg and that is actually a good suggestion too, but if Freeman played Bilbo it would be as inspired a choice as Lee playing Saruman and Astin playing Sam and that big eye thing playing Sauron.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Not to down Ian Holm

    by david19

    who I thought was perfect as an older Bilbo.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 9:15 p.m. CST

    I hope you're trollin CHOPPAH

    by elsewhere

    The prequels better than the LOTR trilogy? LOL No. Just no. We should all be thankful that the LOTR trilogy came out at the same time as the prequels.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 9:19 p.m. CST

    The problem with the Hitchhikers movie...

    by Hesiod2k7

    ...was that the took out almost all the best jokes. I had no problem with Mos Def as Ford. I had a huge problem with how they handled the character of Zaphod bebblebrox -- and hi second head. That was just dumb. Douglas Adams was obviously vexed about how to handle the second head in a day and age when CGI didn't exist, so he created a plot arc to take care of the problem. I thought the point of view gun was a great idea. But, the directors (Hammer n Tongs, or whatever the fuck they called themselves) made some bad choices about what to pare out of the movie. And the whole side trip to Vogon was basically pointless.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Excuse me -- Vogosphere, not Vogon,

    by Hesiod2k7

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 9:59 p.m. CST

    After Kong and Bones, Jackson should stick to dieting.

    by Flip63Hole

    Put the camera down, kiwi.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 10:11 p.m. CST

    IAN HOLM NEEDS TO PLAY HIM

    by Darth Melkor

    Bilbo did not age between the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, which is why Gandalf said "You haven't aged a day" when he saw him at the beginning of FOTR. The Ring kept him the same age in appearance. So casting some 30 year old as Bilbo not only hurts continuity of the actor, but betrays the story itself.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 10:56 p.m. CST

    MGM

    by dadwhereareyou00

    "were going to pursue the interests of the hobbit films even tho we will never have the cash flow to afford them" the studio watched inception and decided if leo can dream it, so can they

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 11:20 p.m. CST

    THE HOBBIT = Vaporware

    by Ye Not Guilty

    It's the Duke Nukem Forever of Hollywood.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 12:56 a.m. CST

    find a way to use Ian

    by darwinmayflower

    it is the best move.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 1:33 a.m. CST

    RE: Holm as Bilbo in the "The Hobbit", again...

    by Skyway Moaters

    It's not the age of the character that rules him out. It's the age of the actor. The role is simply too physical for a man Holm's age to be believable. Why fuck around with CG and doubles when it's COMPLETELY UNNECCESARY?

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 1:35 a.m. CST

    "FREEMAN AND HOLM SUGGESTS A STRONG RESEMBLANCE"

    by J-Dizzle

    What the fuck are you smoking??? They look *NOTHING* like each other!

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Look, here's the thing...

    by Skyway Moaters

    80 year old men don't *move* like 50 year old Hobbits. And no amount of "de-aging" or double substitution can fix that. Holm simply would not be believable. Bilbo has very small un-physical role in LOTR. In The Hobbit, he's a swash-buckling-hero-protagonist..

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 1:54 a.m. CST

    Age of the actor - irrelevant.

    by V'Shael

    When you have Serkis playing King Kong, and Gollum, and when you have CGI'd real faces on to stunt bodies in Avatar, fuck it. Spend the money. Capture Holm's performance now. Insert into the movie at some future date.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Gordon Freeman? ?

    by Bot-Bot

    No, wait...

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Whatever V...

    by Skyway Moaters

    I disagree. FX are not a fix all, and in this case it's cumbersome and uneccessary. In most cases, even post Avatar, CG still *looks* like CG. You wanna' cast Clint Eastwood as Roland in the just announced "Dark Tower" project? He'd have been great for it 30 years ago. I don't get your stand on this issue at all.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 2:32 a.m. CST

    An actor's performance is more than just their face.

    by Skyway Moaters

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 2:42 a.m. CST

    oisin5199 - hitchhikers

    by mooli_mooli

    Don't forget Stephen Fry and Alan Rickman as well. A lot of the casting was pretty much spot on. It was the disjointed direction, mangled script and incoherent plot that destroyed that film.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 2:54 a.m. CST

    I abused Freeman in the street...

    by nobbythehappyelf

    calling him "a wanker for ruining the character of Arthur Dent." He didn't appear to respond well to my critique of his performance. However he is far better in Sherlock. So Martin, if you're reading this I apologise. but HHGTTG was a pile of horse arse.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 3:54 a.m. CST

    Take out the L from Bilbo and replace with M...

    by AsimovLives

    ... and his name is Bimbo, which in portuguese is slang for "redneck". Which Bilbo is.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 3:54 a.m. CST

    Freeman was great in THE OFFICE

    by AsimovLives

    The UK OFFICE, you phillistines!

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 6:45 a.m. CST

    "The Choppah Man"

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    [The opening notes of “Piano Man” begin—played on a musical buzzsaw] <BR><BR> It's 2 AM on a Saturday <BR> The regular crowd all log in <BR> There's an old troll spouting off at me <BR> Showing off to his make-believe friends. <BR><BR> I type, "Chop, can you slay me this wee douchebag? <BR> I'm not really sure who he is-- <BR> But a geek and a nerd--just some guy they call “Turd” <BR> And his posturing just really blows!" <BR><BR> Cha Cha-Cha di-di Cha-Cha Cha-Cha di-di Cha, da DUMB! <BR><BR> “Chop us a troll--you're the Choppah man! <BR> Chop us a troll tonight! <BR> Well, we're all in the mood to eviscerate--<BR> And the Choppah is just dynamite!” <BR><BR> Now AsimovLives is a friend of mine <BR> He gives movie advice for free <BR> He says Polanski jokes always makes his ears smoke <BR> But there's nowhere that he’d rather be <BR> He types "Fishus, thse talkbacks are killing me, <BR> Cause I have to type at sch a pace, <BR> And I'm sure Jar Jar Abrams has bought tish site, and he is now runnig the place!" <BR><BR> Now Corpse is a make believe Satanist <BR> Who never had much of a life <BR> And he's rantin’ at Titty who's sanity’s iffy <BR> And wishes Scar-Tit was his wife. <BR><BR> And Coughlins is screaming ‘bout politics <BR> As the Pedalback crew all get stoned <BR> Yes they're all on a site they call Aint It Cool-- <BR> And’d be better off being alone. <BR><BR> These are pretty good hits for a Saturday <BR> And I know that this makes Harry smile <BR> 'Cause he knows we won’t stop <BR> Logging in for a Chop <BR> To watch Choppah in action awhile <BR><BR> And the Chopping sounds like a buzzsaw <BR> As Chop teaches all the trolls fear! <BR> And we sit and we yack on a thing called Talkback <BR> And think, "Man, what am I DOING here?" <BR><BR> Cha Cha-Cha di-di Cha-Cha Cha-Cha di-di Cha, da DUMB! <BR><BR> “Chop us a troll--you're the Choppah man! <BR> Chop us a troll tonight! <BR> Well, we're all in the mood to eviscerate--<BR> And the Choppah will make it alright!” <BR><BR>

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 7:10 a.m. CST

    Ian Holm

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    is the shit.<BR><BR>Wish he could play every role. Old fucker could pull it off too.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Freeman is wrong for it

    by robertdee

    He was great in the office because he acknowledged the audience and was our point of connection but he was essentially playing himself. Everything else he's been in, he looks like someone in a school play trying to act.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 7:24 a.m. CST

    STILL not funny

    by Skyway Moaters

    You just REALLY like the sound of your own voice huh?

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 7:28 a.m. CST

    unparanoid_android:

    by Skyway Moaters

    An actor's performance consists of more than just their face and voice. This discussion is completely beside the point anyway, Ian Holm will not be cast.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Yes, I DO.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    And I agree with yer, SMoaters. Holm ain't gonna be cast. People should move on.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Great Choice.

    by BilboRing

    Now just make the fucking film before Ian dies.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Morgan Freeman as Bilbo?

    by ME_M

    Very little resemblance to Ian Holm !

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Morgan Freeman = Gandalf

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    I'd buy that for a dollar!

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Good choice, if it works out.

    by mastermold

    He's a good actor and would really fit well into that role, I think.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Fareal

    by AsimovLives

    How about Tom Hardy?

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Great news if so

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    His involvement int he project makes me a lot more interested for some reason.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 11:48 a.m. CST

    James McAvoy's name was also mentioned early on

    by bestbond

    as a favourite to play Bilbo, but I guess with his x men first class commitment that's not going to happen. It's a shame because I prefer him to Freeman. You only have to look at Wanted to know he could perfectly portray Bilbo's character arc from timid hobbit to spider killing, dragon teasing bad-ass.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 12:45 p.m. CST

    that new sherlock holmes is fucking awful...

    by Y282

    the stage school teenager playing holmes is a load of shite, the characters are poorly treated and the whole thing reeks of modern north london-centric arrogance in the way that only people who want to live near jude law would find appealing. to lose the best potential casting of bilbo to that is a double kick in the bollocks.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST

    @Darth Melkor

    by dale_cooper

    "Bilbo did not age between the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, which is why Gandalf said 'You haven't aged a day' when he saw him at the beginning of FOTR." - First of all, we SAW younger Bilbo in the same damn movie, picking up the ring in the prologue - remember? He did indeed look younger. And Gandalf saw Bilbo after the adventures of "The Hobbit," if you've read the books - that wasn't his first return to the Shire (if it had been, how would Frodo even know him?). The idea was that the ring dramatically slowed his aging, but it didn't preserve him perfectly from the moment he picked it up. That's how it worked in the books and how it was shown in the movie as well. So yeah, they need a younger guy than 80 year old Ian Holm to play him.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Quite right dale...

    by Skyway Moaters

    Earlier in this thread I said that "the ring dramatically slows down aging", but that is not an accurate statement. I "extends" life, prolongs it. It does not impart "new life" or vigor. The bearer merely 'goes on', and on...<p> In both book and film, Bilbo tells Gandalf that while he may not *look* signifcantly older, that he *feels* older, stretched, thin, "like butter scraped over too much bread". When The One is destroyed, Bilbo deteriorates, ages, almost over night. By the time he shows up at the havens, he looks every bit of his 133 years. <p> The Bilbo of "The Hobbit" is a barely middle aged very vigorous Hobbit. And the role he plays in the quest is very physical. In LOTR, not only does he appear for a very short time at the beggining and end, he doesn't do anything more physical than walking and eating. <p> Can you imagine poor old Ian Holm convincingly riding a barrel out of Thranduil's cellars? You'd have to CG his face and substitute his voice upon a much younger host, which is a risky proposition at best, IMO, if the performance is to be believable. <p> Acting is PHYSICAL, it's body language, it's movement. Using a great actor like Holm in such a fashion is not only needless, it's disrespectful.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Colin Firth should have this role..

    by CeejayNightwing

    he's way more closer in resemblance to Ian Holm than Dr Watson!

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 2:29 p.m. CST

    And the New Sherlock Holmes TV show..

    by CeejayNightwing

    Is bloody genius, finally someone got the character right and did him some contemporary justice. Best Sherlock Holmes presentation since the Jeremy Brett TV shows and the excellent Billy Wilder flick 'The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes'. That crap they released last year with RDJ and Jude Law was action orientated bollocks for knuckle-draggers, it was more Indiana Jones than Sherlock!

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Colin firth WOULD be good Nightwing...

    by Skyway Moaters

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Ian Holm

    by VMS

    already played Young Bilbo in Fellowship's flashback. It was perfect & seamless. And that was "de-aging" technology circa 1999.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Nope VMS...

    by Skyway Moaters

    He looked too old. His HANDS looked too old, and they could have easily 'dubbed' them. Continuity with this sort of thing is much more difficult to achieve than you are apparently aware. Holm is too old. Plain and simple.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST

    De-aged Ian Holm...Jeezus Khrist, only a fanboy...

    by BurnHollywood

    ...Would come up with such a patently stupid, unworkable solution as that. It's so fucking dumb on so many levels it's even giving me a headache contemplating the notion, let alone analyzing it, which I won't...

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST

    And Holm was 67 in '99...

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... not '79 or '80, as he will be if this thing gets underway in the next couple of years.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 5:13 p.m. CST

    They de-aged Holms for LOTR flashbacks

    by mortsleam

    Aside from the curly brown wig, they taped his face back in a "Hollywood Facelift" (much like Pesci in the early scenes of Goodfellas) to pull his skin tighter and make him look younger than his mid-sixties. For the regular scenes, his hair is greying and his face has fallen somewhat. He's quite definitely aged, but only looks in his sixties, still quite well preserved for an 111 year old. <p>If they do snag Freeman, I like the suggestion somewhere up above to subtly age him with make-up and prosthetics to more closely match Holm's look. But not too far. Mainly some eye creases and a nose to cover up Freeman's weird little pug nose.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 9:01 p.m. CST

    pretty great

    by purplemonkeydw

    pretty nice move turning down a guaranteed hit (erm, if they can shoot it)...i like that dude.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Surely YOU, mortsleam, haven't missed the point as well?

    by Skyway Moaters

    Does anyone really want a "hybrid" Bilbo Baggins? 80% of the film a younger, fitter person, who doesn't necessarily need to be an actor, "going through the motions"? All we get of Holm is his "de-aged" face, and his 80 year old voice. Why would anyone really want to do this? The body language and movement WILL not match when they use Holm, again: "de-aged", for the "non- 'physical'scenes. It would be freaky, like a dopple-ganger or something.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Freeman's voice and mannerisms are fine Moats

    by mortsleam

    It's really just his little pug nose that needs covering up.

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 2:50 a.m. CST

    Neill Blomkamp back in the frame to direct

    by bestbond

    The Hobbit. Can anyone verify this awesome news? http://tinyurl.com/37ok9rk

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Horrible choice...

    by morGoth

    ...and one of the many reasons I disliked Hithikers was because of his flabby performance. Yeah, yeah...he was fine in The Office but he's just too much of a mush face/mouth. Lawks, the thought of watching that barely animated and grotesque pile of manflesh on a neck gives me the heebies in about ten different directions. C'mon, just get McAvoy (psshhtt...yer Barmy Moaters, I tell'ee!) already and film the damned thing before all the fans die of old age.

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 11:50 a.m. CST

    You Said It

    by PickingNits

    Or before the cast dies of old age.

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 12:06 p.m. CST

    They better be sharp

    by PickingNits

    or they'll lose Gandalf. Ian ain't gonna wait for MGM's slow boat to Hobbiton.

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 2:46 p.m. CST

    "Barmy" morG? Moi?

    by Skyway Moaters

    Ok you're right, I AM barmy, but I never endorsed Freeman, merely said that Holm is too old. And so is Firth for that matter. <p> McAvoy is still the best choice IMO, but he'll never do it...

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Just pokin' ya with a stick...

    by morGoth

    ...thought you said earlier that McAvoy was too young looking or something like that. The questions is...does that truly qualify one as barmy?<p>Why do you say he'll never do it?

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Piss or Get Off the Pot MGM

    by PickingNits

    it's the 15th of September.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 9:08 a.m. CST

    His plate is already full to overflowing morG...

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... maybe "never" is a little strong. I suppose it's possible if the timing works out, but my personal take is that he'll shy away from it out of fear of being type-cast or being "too associated" with one particular role. His career is going gangbusters without the (on again - off again) Hobbit.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST

    speaking of full plates

    by PickingNits

    McAvoy needs to eat and lick the plate clean to get fat enough to play Bilbo. Whereas Freeman would need to learn to act to play Bilbo.