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”


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


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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