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John Rhys-Davies On The Hobbit

Gimli the dwarf, whom John Ryhs-Davies played in The The Lord of The Rings trilogy, doesn’t appear in The Hobbit — but his father Gloin does, so Empire asked the actor if he would be interested in playing the character in the upcoming set of films.  Rhys-Davies says he has actually already been asked and has declined the invitation:

“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.”

So not even a small cameo?

“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?”

But the production did ask if he’d be interested in returning.

“It was just a gentle “What would you feel about putting it on again?” But no. I’d be interested in trying to create a different type of persona within… the thing. That is challenging as an actor. I’d really prefer to play something quite different. Maybe an Elf. They’ve got a different set of problems with The Hobbit 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. “

The Hobbit is scheduled to hit theaters December 2011 followed by its sequel in December 2012.