Tall skinny elves at The Hobbit casting call

I took my tallest kids over to Lower Hutt today for The Hobbit casting call. Filming starts next month for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and they were looking for extras: the short, the tall, the skinny, men with big biceps [not me} and those with ‘character faces’. Unfortunately, 3000 people turned up and they could only handle 800. The rest of us were turned away but told we could apply online. The Herald said they were “overwhelmed” but it should have been a surprise. We all want to be in the movie!


My kids and I would have made great elves. I am 1.96cm (6’5”) and my son, who turned 21 today, is just a little shorter. The Hobbit will not be the same without us but we forgive Sir Peter Jackson for his oversight and will wait eagerly for the movie.

Hobbit casting call jan 28 2012

Actually, it was quite a fun day and a few people turned up in costume. I saw a Gimli lookalike and the guy didn’t have any make-up. I suppose thats what they call a “character face”.


Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


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