You lookin’ at me, Frodo? Rumors
swirl. We report.
By Fred Mills
If you’re Tom Waits, it ain’t enough to celebrate your 60th birthday; the musical legend was born on this day in 1949, and we at BLURT
would like say, “Happy birthday, Tom!” (You can read our review of his recent
album Glitter and Doom Live here.)
And for most folks, just blowing out the candles would suffice. But not Tom.
Waits is easing into his 60th year to the rumors
that he’s under serious consideration for a major role in Peter Jackson’s
upcoming adaptation of The Hobbit.
The director’s apparently already holding auditions for various parts, and
while no specifics have emerged from the Jackson
camp, other actors reportedly in the possible mix include Daniel Radcliffe,
Martin Freeman, James McAvoy and David Tennant. The only confirmed roles thus
far have ben for Ian McKellen, Hugo Weaving and Andy Serkis.
Waits, of course, has appeared in many films over the years,
sometimes in main roles and sometimes more cameo-based. They include Down By Law, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Mystery
Men, Short Cuts, Myster Train and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
Filming for The Hobbit scheduled to begin sometime in the
middle of 2010. Tom, drop us a line and keep us posted…