John Rhys-Davies Not Interested in Dwarfing Up for The Hobbit

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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???

  • jaime

    The Dude need’s to eat!

  • Apparently, he is just too busy making made-for-TV Anaconda sequels and Uwe Boll movies.

  • jaime

    Well la’de Dar!

  • Scott

    If I remember correctly, John Rhys-Davies had an allergic reaction to his prosthetic make-up throughout the entire production of LotR.

  • Gaylord!

    # Yes, and he actually cried at the end of the shootin in LOTR 3, when they burned Gimlis helmet. This because he was so happy to have been through the hell that he said he was.
    I don’t really see this as a problem. It’s not a big deal, and actually more logical that someone else plays Gimlis father. With all the make up and stuff, it really doesn’t matter anywhays.

  • Maopheus

    It would be gimmick casting in the same way as the rumors of getting Elijah Wood to play Bilbo or Ian Holm to play Bilbo. It’s going to be an ensemble cast to play the dwarves. Remember that unlike LotR, Gandalf is the only human size character among the group of heroes. So there’s going to be a ton of makeup work for all those dwarves and whoever is playing Bilbo. That dynamic is going to make the appeal of the Hobbit a bit different than LotR. For example, no handsome leading men to draw the ladies in. Also no female characters either.

  • Imy

    Sad to see he didn’y say yes. He is a great actor with an amazing voice. If he played Gloin, i feel the movie would have been better (it was still epic/great). Saying no is legit. He is Gimly, not Gloin.

  • Imy