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There and back again: Ian Holm returning to Middle Earth in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit

Apr. 22, 2011by: George Merchan

After pressing all the right nostalgia buttons with the first video blog on the production of THE HOBBIT, director Peter Jackson has jumped on the Facebooks once again to give us yet another little golden nugget of feel-goodness: Ian Holm will be reprising his role of Bilbo Baggins!

One comment that came up from the recent video blog was the Bilbo voice at the end—many of you assumed it was Sir Ian Holm. Whilst Ian will be returning as the older Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, that recording was actually Martin Freeman's voice, taken from a script read through we recorded when the cast first arrived. I have to admit, I wasn't sure who it was when I first heard it, either. Cheers, Peter J

Will his scenes (presumably alongside Elijah Wood's Frodo Baggins) be peppered throughout the film, or will they be just a small chunk seen at the beginning (and perhaps end)? Dammit! The more I think about this film, the more excited I get!

THE HOBBIT is currently in production and will be released December 19, 2012.

Extra Tidbit: PJ also wrote a note on Facebook about the scripting process (which features a neat piece of LOTR trivia regarding a scene with Sean Bean) that's rather interesting. You can check that out RIGHT HERE.
Source: Facebook

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12:56PM on 04/25/2011
Really excited about this. So many great scenes that deserve to be realized in an epic film. The LOTR trilogy remains one of my favorite and I imagine this will be just as good. I'm not a purist, so the minor details won't bother me, as long as this turns out to be a great film.
Really excited about this. So many great scenes that deserve to be realized in an epic film. The LOTR trilogy remains one of my favorite and I imagine this will be just as good. I'm not a purist, so the minor details won't bother me, as long as this turns out to be a great film.
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12:20PM on 04/23/2011
Opinons are opinions, but I'm curius as to what you disagree about, down-thumbers. You really think Jackson did a spotless job with Lotr? I mostly loved it and was irritated only by a few things.
Opinons are opinions, but I'm curius as to what you disagree about, down-thumbers. You really think Jackson did a spotless job with Lotr? I mostly loved it and was irritated only by a few things.
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8:52AM on 04/25/2011
Well they'd have to know what you're talking about before they can do that. You say "goofy details" with no explanation then you sit here asking for an explanation why ppl gave you a thumbs down? Even in this post you say "I mostly loved it and was irritated only by a few things." What few things are you even referring to?
Well they'd have to know what you're talking about before they can do that. You say "goofy details" with no explanation then you sit here asking for an explanation why ppl gave you a thumbs down? Even in this post you say "I mostly loved it and was irritated only by a few things." What few things are you even referring to?
1:35PM on 04/25/2011
Details like those already mentioned by Kraki, and the dwarftossing and using Gimli too often as mere comic relief, are some examples, another more glaring mistake are is the meeting of Frodo and the Ringwraith in the ruins of Osgiliath, which would have given the whole point of the fellowship away. It is doubtful that a debate about these points will go anywhere here. I am just surprised that some people cant seem to accept any critisism of Jackson. I respect his work, but not blindly so.
Details like those already mentioned by Kraki, and the dwarftossing and using Gimli too often as mere comic relief, are some examples, another more glaring mistake are is the meeting of Frodo and the Ringwraith in the ruins of Osgiliath, which would have given the whole point of the fellowship away. It is doubtful that a debate about these points will go anywhere here. I am just surprised that some people cant seem to accept any critisism of Jackson. I respect his work, but not blindly so.
1:59PM on 04/25/2011
Ah i see, now you have a well stated opinion as opposed to jsut trashing something, heh. There did have to be some comic relief though i mean it was a movie after all. Not sure mean about the Osgiliath scene though aside from that it never happened in the book if i recall, it's been a while since i read them.
Ah i see, now you have a well stated opinion as opposed to jsut trashing something, heh. There did have to be some comic relief though i mean it was a movie after all. Not sure mean about the Osgiliath scene though aside from that it never happened in the book if i recall, it's been a while since i read them.
2:39AM on 04/23/2011
Hopefully Jackson has matured a bit a a director. He did a fantastic, classy job with Lotr that was slightly tarnished by some goofy details.
Hopefully Jackson has matured a bit a a director. He did a fantastic, classy job with Lotr that was slightly tarnished by some goofy details.
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2:50PM on 04/23/2011
Wtf ?
Wtf ?
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12:54AM on 04/23/2011
Apart from these worries I'm very happy with the proceedings.
Apart from these worries I'm very happy with the proceedings.
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12:52AM on 04/23/2011
Always glad to see Holm back, but I wonder if it is a good idea to have two different actors play the same characters in the same film. I remember several films where that has not worked at all, and takes you out of the film instead.
Always glad to see Holm back, but I wonder if it is a good idea to have two different actors play the same characters in the same film. I remember several films where that has not worked at all, and takes you out of the film instead.
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12:48AM on 04/23/2011
Turning Bilbo into a monster was one of the few things Jackson mishandled. It was a silly exaggeration, and a lack of trust in Holms acting abilities, he could have done a scary greedy face and remained Bilbo at the same time. Theoden's makeup, that was a bit overdone too. Just because you can make fantastic creepy masks doesn't always mean you have to. Hope he sticks a bit closer to the tone of Tolkien this time.
Turning Bilbo into a monster was one of the few things Jackson mishandled. It was a silly exaggeration, and a lack of trust in Holms acting abilities, he could have done a scary greedy face and remained Bilbo at the same time. Theoden's makeup, that was a bit overdone too. Just because you can make fantastic creepy masks doesn't always mean you have to. Hope he sticks a bit closer to the tone of Tolkien this time.
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2:35AM on 04/23/2011
At least he couldnt possibly squeese a dinousaur stampede in this movie...
At least he couldnt possibly squeese a dinousaur stampede in this movie...
2:27PM on 04/23/2011
I'm fairly confident that tone will be the major failing of this film, and it will be treated like a sweeping, dark, epic prequel to LOTR rather than the whimsical, independent tale that it is.
I'm fairly confident that tone will be the major failing of this film, and it will be treated like a sweeping, dark, epic prequel to LOTR rather than the whimsical, independent tale that it is.
3:40PM on 04/23/2011
That would be a major mistake indeed. I hope at least he finds a tone that is somehow in between the dark and the whimsical.
That would be a major mistake indeed. I hope at least he finds a tone that is somehow in between the dark and the whimsical.
11:50PM on 04/23/2011
Yeah he needs to strike the happy medium. He needs to keep it in the same tone as the Lotr series and not fill it with gimmicky 3D nonsense. I'm sure he won't do something as stupid as that. In P.J. I trust.
Yeah he needs to strike the happy medium. He needs to keep it in the same tone as the Lotr series and not fill it with gimmicky 3D nonsense. I'm sure he won't do something as stupid as that. In P.J. I trust.
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10:42PM on 04/22/2011
Ian Holm chilling with Margaret Thatcher there...
Ian Holm chilling with Margaret Thatcher there...
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1:55PM on 04/24/2011
Margaret Thatcher naked on a cold day! Margaret Thatcher naked on a cold day!
Margaret Thatcher naked on a cold day! Margaret Thatcher naked on a cold day!
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7:36PM on 04/22/2011
The world better not end in Dec 2012 coz if it does I'll be REALLY pissed.
The world better not end in Dec 2012 coz if it does I'll be REALLY pissed.
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7:39PM on 04/22/2011
It won't.
It won't.
1:24PM on 04/23/2011
You won't have time to be pissed. You'll be dead.
You won't have time to be pissed. You'll be dead.
11:43PM on 04/23/2011
I'll have all eternity to be pissed and that's a fucking long time. Lol. Here's my analogy of eternity. Picture a steel ballbearing the size of the Empire State Building and every 10,000 years a dove flys past and brushes it's wing against it. Now when that ballbearing has worn away to nothing, THAT is only the beginning of eternity. Sorry but I had to share that with someone. Lol
I'll have all eternity to be pissed and that's a fucking long time. Lol. Here's my analogy of eternity. Picture a steel ballbearing the size of the Empire State Building and every 10,000 years a dove flys past and brushes it's wing against it. Now when that ballbearing has worn away to nothing, THAT is only the beginning of eternity. Sorry but I had to share that with someone. Lol
6:17PM on 04/22/2011
December, 19th 2012....humph....so so so far away =(....
December, 19th 2012....humph....so so so far away =(....
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