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    Default Daniel Radcliffe says no to the Hobbit - as millions cheer

    Daniel Radcliffe in 'The Hobbit'? 'Thanks, but no thanks,' says the star

    August 18, 2009 | 5:57 am
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    Who will star as Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit"? You can cross one name off the list: Daniel Radcliffe, of "Harry Potter" fame, says he has no interest in any new project with "any wizards in it."

    "I'd have to say, 'Thanks but no thanks,' not that anyone has asked me," the 20-year-old actor told me last week in England. "Honestly, I don't think they would want me anyway, it's just too close. Whatever I do next, I don't think there will be any wizards in it!"

    Radcliffe is now at work on the seventh and eighth films in the "Potter" franchise, and by the 2011 release of the last film in the series, he will have spent more than a decade inhabiting the role of the orphaned boy wizard. The sixth "Potter" film, released in the U.S. on July 15, is closing in on $830 million in worldwide box office. The collective franchise is now north of $5.3 billion in global box office.

    Radcliffe is one of several names that has popped up again and again as fans chew on the casting challenge for "The Hobbit," the two-film companion piece to the massively successful "Lord of the Rings" franchise. Oscar-winning "Rings" director Peter Jackson is back as a producer this time, and Guillermo del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth," "Hellboy") is in as director. "The Hobbit" is planned as a $300-million project with releases in 2011 and 2012.

    In a recent reader poll here at the Hero Complex, there were more than 5,700 votes cast, and Radcliffe came in third behind James McAvoy ("Atonement") and David Tennant ("Doctor Who") as the best choice to play the itinerant Bilbo. Radcliffe says he casts his own ballot for Scottish actor McAvoy.

    "James McAvoy is fantastic. I think he should play it. I've done the fantasy-film thing. Actually, so has he, with the 'Chronicles of Narnia,' of course. But I've done it for longer. He can take over. I'm done. I don't think anybody involved in that would want me to, either."

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    No one has asked Daniel because they just watched The Half Blood Prince. A snooze fest by anyones standards. Normally I cheer Daniel on, for years I've kept hoping it was just his youth that gave Ikea "Keira Knightly" a run for her wooden acting money.

    I always thought Daniel would get the job as Bilbo because he looks so much like Elijah Woods (who actually freaks me out with his demonic smile) I'm thinking Daniel should take what ever is offered because after Harry Potter no one is going to be beating down his door.

    The Hobbit will come out in 2011/2012 if they ever agree on a script.

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    Of course they wouldn't be asking him. He's not right for Bilbo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy2.0 View Post
    Of course they wouldn't be asking him. He's not right for Bilbo.
    no because they need someone to carry the movie and I think people are tired of Daniels wooden acting.

    The person has to be short (no not Tom Cruise, he's to short) and youthful (no not George Hamiltion he's to youthful) and British (no not Sean Connery he's Scottish) ..... maybe they will get a unknown... if not I like James McAvoy.

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    I like Daniel and I think he'd do the role justice but I can't blame him for wanting to do something different.

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    well it sure is nice when you are 20 yrs. of age and can be turning down work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zigzag View Post
    well it sure is nice when you are 20 yrs. of age and can be turning down work!

    ^^ he wasn't offered the role, he was asked if he would take the role and he said no.

    Kind of stupid actually - the movie will be a major blockbuster and who ever plays Bilbo will get loads of face time.

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    well still, if he expressed interest, i'm sure he'd be a foot in.

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    Watch them offer it to that Twilight dude.

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    they're all too young. bilbo is 50 during the hobbit. frodo is 33 during the lotr.....whoever plays bilbo should look older than elijah wood.
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    Bilbo starts off young doesn't he? its been awhile since i read the Hobbit.

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    No, he's 50 when the Hobbit opens. In 'comfortable middle age' is how Tolkien phrases it.
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    And Jackson and company were very careful with casting LOTR. There's no way they'd mess with what Bilbo ought to be.
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    ^ yes, they did a good job. IMO only orlando bloom was wrong.(physically)

    Radcliffe isn't a bad actor though, I saw Equus, and he was fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by witchcurlgirl View Post
    No, he's 50 when the Hobbit opens. In 'comfortable middle age' is how Tolkien phrases it.
    oh ok. i remember they like to eat alot of meals!

    i'm sure they find the right person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy2.0 View Post
    And Jackson and company were very careful with casting LOTR. There's no way they'd mess with what Bilbo ought to be.
    Jackson refused to have anything to do with the Hobbit because he felt New Line owed him money. All is well, they have a new director but yet it's Jackson you hear about. He must have script approval because he and Fran keep rejecting the scripts they are handed. Bet he and Fran end up writing it.

    There is no way you can go see The Half Blood Prince and come away from it thinking Daniel is a good actor. Emma did tame her eyebrows and she was much better.

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