Billy Connolly was on Conan and they talked about playing Dain in The Hobbit. And *gasp!* he’s not a Tolkien fan!
We’ve had this conversation before. Of course it helps an actor understand a role if they’re steeped in the mythos, like David Tennant’s passion for Dr Who. But its not required.
Billy Connolly is an amazingly talented actor and musician. His acting range is incredible and I think Billy Bones will be a wonderful dwarf! And of the news we were given in this clip I was more interested in the details of the dwarven cooling system they invented for the costumes and the terribly sad fact that Mr. Connolly has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.
Jody “Goldberry Riverdaughter” Boyce
“Goldberry Riverdaughter” has been her friends’ and families’ resident book nerd since reading the Tao of Pooh at age eight. Since then her literary exploration has lead her straight to Lord of the Rings where she’s made her home. In addition to a staff reporter for Legendarium, she also runs Hells Hobbits. She has a degree in History, as well as a new-found penchant for disassembling literary canon. She lives with her equally nerdy husband and two gigantic cats enjoying table top games & cosplay.