Rowan Atkinson couldn’t resist letting it ‘slip’ that he had landed the lead role in the upcoming Hobbit movies during his flight back to the UK last night from New Zealand where he had just had final talks with Del Toro and been given the good news.
It sounds like it was touch and go though for a while as he told one fellow passenger:
“Jackson wasn’t keen but Del Torro insisted my English charm together with my facial expressions was just what he had envisioned for the part and insisted Bilbo Baggins went to me. In the end Mr. Jackson conceded and I couldn’t be happier.”
Known worldwide for his Mr. Bean character, Rowan Atkinson has been a regular on UK television since the 70′s comedy sketch show ‘Not The 9 0′Clock News’ and is also no stranger to the big screen. He was voted by his peers as one of the 50 best comedy acts ever in 2005.
This is going to be a big step up for him but it seems Del Torro has got his man.
Update: As most folk guessed this was indeed an April fool.