The buzz about Sylvester McCoy
, veteran of British television (including a stint playing the Doctor), lately has been that he is in talks to play a certain part in The Hobbit
, though definitely "not the Bilbo role." (In other interesting facts: he also once played the part of the Fool in King Lear
, against, yes, Ian McKellen
as the titular monarch.)
, however, has a "trustworthy source" that has pegged his negotiations as revolving around a much more obscure character: Radagast the Brown.
Why do we care about negotiations for a bit part in The Hobbit
? Because we're obssesed? Well, yes. Of course. But also because Radagast doesn't actually appear in The Hobbit
, but if he does, it gives us a big hint on one of the movies' big spectacles.
This is one of those prime examples of how Tolkien
was an incredible historian and linguist but perhaps a bad novelist.