6 People Who Could Play Bilbo Baggins Comments - Mania.com


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fenngibbon 9/18/2009 10:10:27 AM

 Aren't most of these guys a bit too skinny to play Bilbo?  From my reading of the books, hobbits, particularly middle-aged hobbits, run to, well not necessarily fat or even plump, but heavy set.   Using Doctor Who as an illustration, find the special Time Crash on YouTube -- Bilbo should look more like Peter Davison than David Tennant.

Half a mo--why not Peter Davison?  He's in his late 50's, but still has a certain youthfulness to him that would make him believable. 



thorin02 9/18/2009 10:53:23 AM

Of the bunch I think Freeman would be the strongest choice.  Although I do agree that Ian Holmes could still pull off the role.

avidfan 9/18/2009 10:54:12 AM

Gary Coleman?

JoeArtistWriter 9/18/2009 11:51:30 AM

Chopsaki, you're not really suppposed to take the Mason Reese suggestion seriously, but the guy does look a lot like the Rankin Bass version of Bilbo. Plus he's a Facebook friend of mine, he enjoyed the article, and if Del Toro casts him, I'm getting a free beer out of it.  ;)

MrJaw...., I agree Simon Pegg would be a great call too, but I was basically commenting on the rumors of who was going to play Bilbo. (except for Mason Reese, but again, a freee beer is a free beer) I like your Abbott and Costello re-imagining.

tacid, I love Sir Holm, but I do think he's a tad too old for the filmmakers to consider. My fave on the list is Freeman by the way.

HudsonTaco, even Radcliffe realizes he's not officially in the running, but he is a natural for consideration. I vote no on Potter too.

LittleNell, always a pleasure seeing you weigh in, Nell. I agree, Bob Trate did an amazing job on the graphics for this piece.

I'm glad people are responding favorably to the Simon Pegg idea, because it was the only one on the list I placed without seeing his name bandied about. He'd be great, but I still think I prefer Freeman... he's a tad Hobbittier for my tastes.

jedibanner, thank you for explaining it to hobbs. Hobbs, some of my best friends are American. Actuallly all of them are... and come to think of it, I am too. Nolo, if you're not American, would you be my friend? After some quick searching, it seems I need some foreign friends.

galaga51 9/18/2009 11:52:34 AM

Now I cannot find official numbers, nor do I have the time to look it up at work, but I do believe that - as you hint but never quite state - the aging of hobbits verus humans is not quite the same. A 51-year old hobbit is more like a human's 33. A hobbit's 33 is like a human's 18. So yes, we're looking for a human in his mid-thirties, which is why I still cannot fathom why anyone (sorry, tacid) would want Holm, who is more appropriate for a Hobbit in his early 100s.  It would be nice to have a couple action shots that included a face.  Many of the (more serious) selections are fine by me... except perhaps David Tennat since (in that pose at least) he looks like Charlie Sheen's lost half-brother.  ;-P

JoeArtistWriter 9/18/2009 11:56:28 AM

fenngibbon, yeah, Bibo owas a chubby little rascal, but these guys could heft it up a bit, plus wardrobe, carmera angles, make-up and cgi would all play a part. I like the Davidson choice, but still doesn't beat Freeman.

thorin02, we are in total agreement.

avidfan, Coleman is a solid choice for 80's pop icons, but come on... look at Mason Reese. He is Bilbo. And he's a nice guy too.

JoeArtistWriter 9/18/2009 12:01:05 PM

galaga51, I don't have the specifics at my fingertips either, but Hobbits do age more gracefully than humans. Holm was great, and a friend of mine pointed out that Michael J Pollard would have been a fine American choice, and I agree, but only if it were the Micael J Pollard of 30 years ago.

thorin02 9/18/2009 2:23:07 PM

The age of majority for Hobbits is 33 (equivalent to our 18/21).  That was Frodo's age at the beginning of the LotR (Bilbo was 111).  Life expectancy for Hobbits about 100-110 years.  Bilbo was longest lived Hobbit at 131 years.  He beat out "The Old Took" by one year.  Took should probably keep the title though, since it's unlikely he had a magic ring keeping him alive. 

Bilbo's age in the Hobbit (50) would be roughly the equivalent of 35 or so in human terms.  So any actor between about 30-40 years of age would be appropriate (age wise) for the role. 

Muenster 9/18/2009 5:33:35 PM

 SNICKERS, it really satisfies.

Wiseguy 9/18/2009 5:45:55 PM

So it's ok for Americans to be excluded from foreign roles but not the other way around. Everytime I say Capt America should be played by an American I get criticized. WTF an American can't pull off a British accent.

Fuck that then let's stop casting all these foreigners to play American roles

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