The Hobbit: James Nesbitt describes part of Bofur in Peter Jackson’s film as the “George Clooney of dwarves”
Cold Feet star also joked that the character is “the thinking woman’s dwarf”
Monroe actor James Nesbitt looks to be taking his customary dash and swagger into one of the most anticipated cinematic releases of 2012 after he revealed that he regards the part he plays in The Hobbit as the “George Clooney of dwarves”.
No stranger to flirting with the camera, he also joked that he likes to think of character of Bofur – described as liking mince pies and cheese at tea – as “the thinking woman’s dwarf”.
“I love the part, he is quite optimistic and hopefully loveable,” Nesbitt told novelist Nicholas Evans in a talk recorded for Sky Arts.
The 47-year-old added that he was unexpectedly delighted about being immortalised as a piece of film merchandise in what he described as “basically the biggest movie ever made”.
“I’ve already got my little Lego piece,” he said.
“I was never really into things like that but that’s quite exciting, to have your own Lego piece.”
Talking about a parent’s love for their child during the wide-ranging chat, Nesbitt recalled how filming on the other side of the world for Peter Jackson’s forthcoming epic was less of a problem than it could have been.
“I struggle sometimes with the time I spent away and I am trying to do something about that before it’s too late,” he said.
He added: “We have just been in New Zealand for eighteen months and for the first time they were able to come with me, they travelled with me and to be able to go to work and to come back at the end of the day.
“It was just a real blessing.”
* Living The Dream – James Nesbitt talks with Nicholas Evans is on Tuesday 30th October at 8pm on Sky Arts 1
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