Matthew Goode as Bilbo Baggins in THE HOBBIT? Admits to Auditioning for the Role

     February 23, 2010

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Matthew Goode admitted in an interview with the UK Daily Telegraph that he auditioned to play Bilbo Baggins in Guillermo del Toro’s two-part film of The Hobbit.  Of course it’s important to realize MANY people are going to audition for the role, so please don’t start thinking he’s cast!  Saying that, with everyone so curious about who is going to play Bilbo, I figured you might want to know who is auditioning.  Here’s part of the article:

“Now he’s a father, Goode doesn’t even like travelling that much. But just before we met, he’d auditioned for the role of Bilbo Baggins in Guillermo del Toro’s two-part film of The Hobbit. As he is the first to admit, he’s not an obvious choice – ‘Look at the size of me for Christ’s sake!’ If he got the part, he would, he says, find it almost impossible to refuse – despite the fact that it would involve him spending several months in New Zealand.”

Recently Goode was in Tom Ford’s A Single Man, Leap Year, and he played Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias in Zack Snyder’s Watchmen.  I’m a fan of his work, but I’m not sold on him as Bilbo.  If you’d like to see a great interview that I did with Goode not too long ago, click here.  (via The One Ring)

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