Saturday, 8 February 2014

Lord of the Rings star Sean Astin denies Hobbit return

sean-astin-as-samwise-gamgeeWith Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy we've all had the opportunity to see some of our favourite characters from The Lord of the Rings back in Middle-Earth and for the most part it's been brilliant seeing Gandalf and Frodo back. However there's one character we definitely won't be seeing back.

Now, I know that most of you wouldn't be expecting to see him back anyway, as his character doesn't appear in the book and has no right really being in the films, however we have seen Frodo return in a flashback so it's not completely insane to be thinking that there's a possibility that he might return.

Enough Gollum-like riddles, you probably want to know who I'm talking about. Well, the title rather gives it away but it is Sean Astin of course! The actor who played Frodo's faithful friend (and arguably the true hero of The Lord of the Rings) has confirmed that Samwise Gamgee will not be appearing in The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

In an interview with Nuke the Fridge, Astin was asked if he would be having a cameo in the Hobbit films and unfortunately for fans of the character he replied "Peter Jackson has not contacted me. So, the answer is no, but I would love to return for Middle-Earth". This is not unlike the statement that Viggo Mortensen gave after rumours he would be reprising his role as Aragorn arose.

Astin even mentioned a way he could be in the film without reprising his role as Sam. He told Nuke the Fridge that he spoke to Peter Jackson during filming for The Lord of the Rings saying he'd like to come back if The Hobbit was ever made and expressed interest in playing Sam's father Hamfast. This also wouldn't be the first time the same actor has played two descendants from the same family tree as Luke Evans who played Bard also played Girion.

Whilst this news is slightly sad, after all I had Sam, along with Merry and Pippin as one of my top five characters to return for the Hobbit trilogy, even if there was no storyline or sane reason for them to. Still, when all is said and done cameos are there as purely fan service and not much else and the Hobbit trilogy probably won't suffer from the loss of a returning Samwise, even if he is awesome.

Should Samwise Gamgee return for the final Hobbit film?


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