‘Hobbit’ Update: Goblin King Revealed, Billy Connelly Calls Tolkien “Unreadable”, Plus 13 Dwarves – One Poster
Y’know, I don’t believe I’ll really appreciate just how many dwarves are in The Hobbit until I see it, but this poster gives a good idea. I mean, 13 dwarves crammed on to one poster (click it to embiggen)! That’s a party, and I remember thinking nine dudes in the Fellowship was a lot. As we lurch towards the premiere of the first Hobbit flick, An Unexpected Journey on December 14th, we’re slowing learning more and more tidbits, here’s a few more.
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It’s an interesting design for sure and I can’t wait to see it brought to life by actor Barry Humphries. Peter Jackson has mentioned before the Goblin King will be portrayed, “in much the way Andy Serkis created Gollum,” meaning Humphries will be utilizing mo-cap. Jackson continued, “We’re looking forward to seeing him invest the Goblin King with the delicate sensitivity and emotional depth this character deserves.”
I’m excited to see this big guy on the big screen, are you?
Next, actor/comedian Billy Connolly will be playing yet another dwarf in The Hobbit, dwarf Dain Ironfoot. Here’s some comments he recently made to Vulture about returning to New Zealand for more filming,
Oh yes! I have to go back for that. I haven’t done [the battle scenes] yet. I have to get battle-ready! I ride into war on a wild pig!
A war pig? I like what I’m hearing.
I’ve never read The Hobbit. Never. Never read Lord of the Rings. I could never read Tolkien. I always found him unreadable … I didn’t read [the books], and I normally don’t like people who have! The people who love it, they’re kind of scary. They talk all this gobbledygook and they think of it as the Holy Grail.
What!? Blasphemy! Outrage!!
Actually, who gives a shit whether Connolly is a Tolkien devotee or likes to wipe his ass with The Simaralion, as long as he turns in a great performance as Ironfoot, I’m happy. It’s kind of ridiculous for us to expect the actors involved to always be fans. I could have done without his dig at the folks who do enjoy Tolkien’s work, but, eh.
What say you, bastards? Are Connolly’s comments out of line or nothing to fret over?