Rumor Patrol: ‘Hobbit’ Producers Eyeing Tom Waits?

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The Hobbit, the much-anticipated film from director Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy)  may feature a turn from Tom Waits, or so says AICN.  Waits would inject some creepy fun into a cast that so far consists of Ian McKellan (LOTR) – although casting of The Hobbit has begun as of this week.

If you can survive the jump, there’s a quote on the other side!

Contact Music claims the following quote was given to AICN, although AICN doesn’t have this bit of info in quotes themselves (the mysteries of cyberspace!):

“As much as I’d like to say he’s a lock (certainty), I’m told he’s simply someone the production is talking about – but they seem to be talking about him pretty seriously.”

Where did this quote come from?  A source.  Would a talking banana qualify as a source?  Probably.

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Cinematical used their noggins and speculated that Waits’ engaging performance as The Devil himself in the otherworldly The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus got him noticed by the Hobbit folks.  That raspy, charming voice may be just the one to voice the dragon Smaug, perhaps?  Waits and the dragon probably inhale equal amounts of smoke on a daily basis.

The Hobbit: Part 1 will be in theaters in 2011.

Source: AICN, Cinematical, Contact Music

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  1. Nice! I love Tom Waits he is easily my favourite music artist of all time! plus he can kinda act to either
    HOIST THAT RAG!

  2. Love Tom Waits and his music also. He was pretty darn good in Wristcutters.

  3. The Heart of Saturday Night and Downtown Train are two of his best tunes and I love his turn as the crazy @$$ non-lethal inventor to the heroes in Mystery Men (very under-rated film IMO) Dr Heller!! Love Tom Waits!!

  4. Never heard of the guy, I cannot get the idea of Ron Pearlman being the voice of Smaug out of my head.

    And why does that Hobbit picture at the top have a broken condom coming out of his mouth?

  5. That’s the worst animated smoke I’ve ever seen.

    It reminds me of the movie poster for ” Haunting in Connecticut” the one where that kid appears to be hurling what looks like a twisted piece of Mahogany wood.

  6. Great idea to use Tom Waits. Watch him as Renfield in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, he’s super crazy and cheesily good. Ron Pearlman has been rumored as Thorin, which I believe is a better use of his talents. I’d love to see Brendan Gleeson as any of the Dwarves. Ron Pearlman would be a great Beorn, as well.