john rhys-davis not returning for the hobbit

For months people have been trying to figure out who will be cast in the upcoming Guillermo del Toro film, The Hobbit. For the most part we’ve been focusing on the film’s protagonist Bilbo Baggins, but what about the supporting characters? One Lord of the Rings actor has officially confirmed that he will NOT return to the new film, and it’s John Rhys-Davies.

As you may recall, Davies starred in the original Lord of the Rings trilogy as Gimli the dwarf. He was a memorable character, and gave and interesting portrayal. Over at Empire, they caught up with the actor and got him to talk about a possible return to Middle Earth in The Hobbit, a return that he doesn’t consider likely.

“I’ve already been asked and to be honest with you, I wouldn’t. I have already completely ruled it out. There’s a sentimental part of me that would love to be involved again. Really I am not sure my face can take that sort of punishment any more.”

Even with that clear declaration, they pressed the actor to see if he would even be interested in making a cameo appearance.

“Why would you want to do it if it was just a couple of shots? When you’ve been 1 of 1, why would you want to be 1 of 13?”

Wow, doesn’t it sound like he hates the idea of being a dwarf again? At the moment the only other actor attached to the film who appeared in the previous LOTR movies is Ian McKellen, and his reaction to The Hobbit has been the exact opposite. He can’t wait to get into costume again.

Do you think John Rhys-Davies is right for turning down a role in The Hobbit?