One of the things that is supposed to legitimize the creation of The Hobbit as films to the fanatical fans of The Lord of The Rings, is binding the stories together through a lot of the same actors from LoTR. The producers are trying to achieve this in whatever way they possibly can, where the decision is plausible and makes sense, one of which is bringing back John Rhys-Davies to play Gloin the dwarf, the father of his character Gimli from LoTR. But no dice, Rhys-Davies isn’t interested in returning to play his own father, nor any other dwarf for that matter — or so he tells Empire.
“I’ve already been asked [to return] and to be honest with you, I wouldn’t. I have already completely ruled it out. There’s a sentimental part of me that would love to be involved again. Really I am not sure my face can take that sort of punishment any more. Why would you want to do it if it was just a couple of shots? When you’ve been 1 of 1, why would you want to be 1 of 13?”
Good choice, I say. However, this isn’t the be all end all of Rhys-Davies appearing in the movies (though I certainly hope so), as he ends the interview mentioning that he would like to return… as an elf. Hopefully that doesn’t come to fruition though, I don’t really like people pulling double roles. He is Gimli, that’s it, he can’t be Gloin or an elf or anything else for that matter within that universe. This sort of thing is only A-okay if it’s Van Damme, Sandler or Murphy pulling double-duty playing their own twins or the like. I mean, who doesn’t love The Nutty Professor or Double Impact???