James Nesbitt: acting in The Hobbit trilogy was “frustrating” at times

Nesbitt - who plays Bofur the dwarf in Peter Jackson's films - tells Radio Times he felt frustrated "just in terms of the acting, in terms of what you were given the opportunity to do”

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Actor James Nesbitt has said that the experience of playing the dwarf Bofur in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy was “frustrating”.

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In an interview in this week’s Radio Times, the actor says of his work on An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug and the upcoming The Battle of the Five Armies:  “It was extraordinary. The experience of entering Tolkien’s 3D-enhanced world was incredible, and there will only ever be 13 dwarves in The Hobbit – and I was one of them. If I had my time again, would I do it? Yeah, I would.

“But – and I don’t think they would mind me saying this – at times it was frustrating. Just in terms of the acting, in terms of what you were given the opportunity to do.”

Nesbitt is due to appear in The Missing, a BBC1 drama about a man looking for his lost son which also stars Ken Stott, a fellow dwarf from The Hobbit films.

And he adds that his experience of working in New Zealand on the adaptations of J.R.R Tolkien’s book was shared by Stott: “I think Ken would have found that at times frustrating as well. So, yes, we often looked at each other during The Missing and went, ‘it’s bit different, eh?’”

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