THE HOBBIT: Billy Connolly On Playing 'Dain Ironfoot'; Finds Tolkien "Unreadable"
Vulture caught up with outspoken comedian-turned-actor Billy Connolly at the premiere of his new movie Won't Back Down, and asked him about returning to New Zealand to finish shooting his scenes as Dain Ironfoot for - what is presumably - the second part of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy. Connolly reveals that as Dain, he will be going into battle riding a very unusual steed. He also comments on the J.R.R Tolkien novels which Jackson's movies are based upon..
In a recent interview, the Scottish actor/comedian revealed an interesting tidbit regarding his role as Dwarf Dain Ironfoot in Peter Jackson's Hobbit movies. Also, despite being a part of these adaptations, he reveals that he's not a fan of the source material..
"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!.
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."
Connolly does go on to say the scripts for the movie are brilliant, and he thinks they are going to be great..of course. Check out the full interview for yourselves by clicking the link below.
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