Rhys-Davies Not Returning for The Hobbit

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John Rhys-Davies told Empire magazine that he has been asked to return for The Hobbit and it’s sequel, but has declined. He played Gimli in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and could have perhaps played his father, Gloin, as Gimli doesn’t appear in “The Hobbit.”

“I’ve already been asked and to be honest with you, I wouldn’t,” Rhys-Davies said. “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.”

He added that this time around, “They’ve got a different set of problems… because you’ve got 13 dwarves, a whole band of them… You’re trying to represent a whole race… You’re trying to do for dwarves what ‘The Lord of the Rings’ did for hobbits.”

You can check out the full interview here. The first film is scheduled to hit theaters in December of 2011, followed a year later by the second film in December of 2012.

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