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Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie lands a role in THE HOBBIT!

Published at: April 5, 2011, 3:20 a.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Looks like Bret McKenzie has landed a role in The Hobbit, according to Variety.

Funnily enough, McKenzie was in the original LOTR trilogy, briefly, playing one of the Rivendell Elfs.

I guess it's possible it's the same character, an Elf called Lindir. A quick google search on the character shows he made one appearance in The Lord of the Rings (on page 237 according to lotr.wikia) as someone who listened to a story Bilbo was telling at Rivendell.

So, unless his casting is just a bit of continuity from LOTR to The Hobbit we can maybe look forward to hearing McKenzie actually speak more than two lines. Now they just need to make Jemaine Clement a Hobbit or River Man or something and we Conchords fans can be totally satiated!

 

 

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  • April 5, 2011, 3:21 a.m. CST

    Just seen bits of Conchord

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    need to see more, liked the bits

  • April 5, 2011, 3:24 a.m. CST

    I'm find myself looking forward to The Hobbit more than I did LOTR

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    Is that strange?

  • April 5, 2011, 3:26 a.m. CST

    Lawrence Makoare -

    by hallmitchell

    Can someone please give him a role. He is badass. Plus Sir Christopher Lee.

  • April 5, 2011, 3:40 a.m. CST

    Kristen Schaal

    by Raggles Wimpole

    Am I the only one who wants to fuck Kristen Schaal in the mouth?

  • April 5, 2011, 4:11 a.m. CST

    Figwit

    by Schadenfreude

    Actually the character he plays is called Figwit. Well, that's what some over-lusty fans called him but the name has subsequently made it onto a lot of the official merchandise from LotR. http://www.figwitlives.net/

  • April 5, 2011, 4:29 a.m. CST

    figwit indeed

    by leonardo_dicraprio

    jackson tried to get him for a cameo in the 2nd flick after his split-second appearance as figwit became an internet fan fave, but couldn't find him. He has a short speaking roll in ROTK.

  • April 5, 2011, 4:29 a.m. CST

    gustaf

    by tomdolan04

    Expectation is higher for the Hobbit due to the LOTR's success. <p> Having re-read the Hobbit recently, I'm not as convinced the actual 'meat' of the story will make for as satisfying a movie . I fully want to have these doubts blown away.

  • April 5, 2011, 4:32 a.m. CST

    tomdolan04

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    probably right. That said... (thanks Harry) haven't read the books in ages, but I always found The Hobbit a more enjoyable read than the fellowship books.

  • April 5, 2011, 5:55 a.m. CST

    This was in the news over a week ago

    by Brundlefly

  • April 5, 2011, 6:01 a.m. CST

    schaal is hot

    by zom-bot.com

    in that nerdy, you know she's a freak way.

  • April 5, 2011, 6:23 a.m. CST

    glad quint mentioned the previous role

    by zom-bot.com

    it wouldn't have surprised me in an AICN report totally missed it. that's what i assumed from the headline...but then again the gratuitous exclamation points for every title make me think THEY think the news is amazing and they are excited about the surface without understanding the actual facts. anyway, it'd be weird if he was an Elf in one and a Hobbit in the other. i have a feeling he'll be the same elf.

  • April 5, 2011, 6:56 a.m. CST

    it's not stunt casting

    by zom-bot.com

    Bret was an actor and musician in new zealand before conchords made him a star.. stunt casting would be justin beiber as a hobbit.

  • April 5, 2011, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Ahhh yeaaah it's Bilbo time... it's Bilbo time...

    by skycrapper

    We want a Murray Hobbit as well. Bilbo? present, Gandalf? present, Thorin? present,...

  • April 5, 2011, 8:14 a.m. CST

    my wish was PJ's command

    by PickingNits

    I knew he'd read my aicn posting~ <p>Feb 08, 2011 1:28:58 PM CST Plumps PJ's Pillows by pickingnits Resting comfortably now? Good. Meds working? Nice. Now about that Figwit cameo... <p> see how easy that was! I didn't even have to give him a blow job.

  • April 5, 2011, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Let me get this right. We know that Figwit

    by Ingeld

    is in the Hobbit, but we don't if Hugo Weaving as Elrond is in the cast yet? That is wrong.

  • April 5, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Yes, sometimes my lyrics are sexist...

    by kiwicanuck

    ...but you lovely bitches and hos should know I'm trying to correct this.

  • April 5, 2011, 9 a.m. CST

    Jemaine as Tom Bombadil

    by blackmantis

  • April 5, 2011, 9:11 a.m. CST

    kiwi does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    kiwicanuck, you and your countrymen got enough pressure riding on your shoulders with hosting the Rugby World Cup - and of course HAVING to win it or else living with the eternal shame...

  • April 5, 2011, 9:20 a.m. CST

    I miss his Outback commercials

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • April 5, 2011, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Elfs?

    by spidercoz

    I admire this site's stubborn refusal to do any editing. Ever.

  • April 5, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST

    I cannot wait for this film

    by Marat

    Looking forward to it so much. I just pray to the Supreme Being the Bard and Master of Laketown casting adds some more gravitas to the cast. No Blessed is a bad thing.

  • April 5, 2011, 10:19 a.m. CST

    God that show was rad.

    by eric haislar

    New Zealand Prime Minister: Bret, what can you bring? Bret: I can make half a dozen croutons. New Zealand Prime Minister: Half a dozen? Do you think you could go higher than half a dozen? Bret: 900? Murray: They'd be very small. Almost like crumbs. New Zealand Prime Minister: 900? No, I think that's too many. Try and split the difference. Try and come down from 900 but up from six or seven. Bret: I could probably make 15 croutons, if you like. New Zealand Prime Minister: Excellent. Excellent idea. You're showing promise, young man.

  • Except David Bowie. He can't die, he will go to space and will send message of hope for the doomed mankind, transmited from the his hard nipples who work as antennaes. Those who know nothing of the show will have absolutly no idea what i worte above. They will feel like REEEEEJEECTED!!

  • April 5, 2011, 10:41 a.m. CST

    asimovlives

    by eric haislar

    you freaky old bastard you! Do you have one really funky sequined space suit bowie? Or do you have several ch-changes?

  • April 5, 2011, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Tenacious D owe Dickie Goodman their money.

    by eric haislar

    And your point is?

  • April 5, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Conchords and Tenacious D share a producer/director

    by blackmantis

    So the similarities aren't a surprise. I love them both.

  • April 5, 2011, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Figwit is an acronym...

    by Fred

  • Even Jackson ended up acknowledging it. It only got crazier once he got famous with FOTC. There are nerd chicks everywhere celebrating the return of Figwit.

  • April 5, 2011, 11:20 a.m. CST

    He was in Return of the King also as the elf

    by sweeneydave

    who asked Arwen where she was going after she had the vision of her future son and left the group of elves that was leaving to the Grey Havens.

  • April 5, 2011, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Excellent news!!

    by moonlightdrive

    Their song should definitely be on the official soundtrack. Miss those guys.

  • April 5, 2011, 11:35 a.m. CST

    I knew about Figwit

    by frank

    but I hadn’t realized that it was Bret from Flight of the Conchords. He looks a lot different without his beard. I think that is cool that he is going to be in The Hobbit. Murray was definitely the best part of FotC.

  • April 5, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST

    "Frodo is great...who is THAT?!?"

    by Wayne Tyree

    And, tah-da, Figwit was born. Ah, fan-elves, gotta love 'em? Hey, if he was alive during the events of The War of the Ring, then he'd certainly have been tra-la-la-la-ing around Rivendell during The Hobbit time frame. Maybe we'll get a new video from Bret and Germaine outta this! Hooway!!

  • April 5, 2011, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Flight of the Conchords is amazing.

    by William

    Possibly one of the best comedy shows of all time. Endlessly quotable(by me and my friends anyway lol) with terrific and hilarious songs. I really think that despite what they said about running out of ideas they really could pull off one more season, or ALTEAST a TV movie to wrap everything up! Come on guys! "It wouldn't be gay to put a wig on a man and pretend they're a woman. How could that be gay if you're pretending they're a woman...not that I did it."

  • April 5, 2011, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Tenacious D ripped off the Smothers Brothers so stfu

    by Mel

    and by the way, the BIG difference between Tenacious D and Flight of the Conchords is that one of them is funny and one of them is fucking awful. I'll give you a hint as to which is which: The fat ones SUCK.

  • April 5, 2011, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Favourite Flight moment ever, well, one of them.

    by kiwicanuck

    Bret:"I don't like croissants." Jermaine: (taken aback)"What was all that about?" Bret: "What?" Jermaine: "About you not liking croissants??"

  • April 5, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Murray

    by kiwicanuck

    Amazing character, especially when he becomes unhinged. "This is a lark is it? A big joke! And you're a couple of jesters...in the court of the king!"

  • April 5, 2011, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Cobra-kai

    by kiwicanuck

    Damn you to hell...and just when I've managed to not wake up with the cold sweats for two nights straight...

  • April 5, 2011, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Wife Canadian...

    by kiwicanuck

    ...and I've lived in Canada since I was a boy, but still think of NZ as the homeland. Last was there six years ago now and I miss it like crazy. Followed the All Blacks since I was a kid...looking into what I can catch up here. Only seeing the highlights is for the birds/keas.

  • April 5, 2011, 6:15 p.m. CST

    asimovlives

    by kiwicanuck

    Jermaine's part Maori, so I guess that's where racism might play a part - those bastards!

  • April 5, 2011, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Conchords > Tenacious D

    by Turingtestee

    Conchords have a much greater range of material.

  • April 5, 2011, 10:10 p.m. CST

    WTF is that clip??

    by BBSloth

  • April 6, 2011, 3 a.m. CST

    Ok but where the FUCK is Murray??

    by DiamondJoe

    I demand this titan of comedy be given a role. Jackson - get your hairy ass in gear on this one. Fuckin' love the Conchords, such a brilliant show. Jemaine: I can't believe you got that job and I didn't. Bret: You know, you've got to work on your people skills. Jemaine: Yeah, shut up, Bret.

  • April 6, 2011, 3:41 a.m. CST

    AllBlack does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    The Dojo is a sports lover, and the All Blacks are the pinnacle really. I believe i'm correct in saying that the All Blacks are historically the most successful sporting team of all time. Across all team sports, be it baseball, soccer, hockey... anything. Which puts the team in a fucking shit pressurized position when playing the World Cup on home turf! Plus I guess NZ could use a morale boost right now...

  • April 6, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST

    @ingeld

    by PickingNits

    Brace yourself, dude. <p>PJ gave The Hobbit more LOTR continuity using Figwit... so it won't be so crushing when a new Elrond shows up.