Sylvester McCoy: The Hobbit role was 'sh**y'

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The first of three films based on an adaptation of the 1937 novel by J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a prequel to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. It will star Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield and Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug. Several actors from The Lord of the Rings will reprise their roles, including Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood & Orlando Bloom. Bilbo Baggins (Freeman) is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug.

December 13th, 2012

Sylvester McCoy says Radagast the Brown was a ''sh**y part''.

'The Hobbit' actor - who plays the bumbling nature-loving wizard in the fantasy film - has revealed Sir Peter Jackson warned him he would be getting up close and personal with animal faeces while starring as Gandalf's eccentric ally in the 'Lord Of The Rings' prequel.

Speaking at 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' press conference in London's Claridge's hotel, Sylvester joked to BANG Showbiz: ''When Peter rang to offer me the job he said, 'There's a lot of s**t in it. It's a sh**y part.'

''I said, 'Well, someone's got to do it!', so I accepted it. I get very close to birds in the film and they leave deposits on me and I smell a lot. Very funny really.''

The former 'Doctor Who' joker was originally up for the part of the old Bilbo Baggins in the first chapter of J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth epic 'The Lord Of The Rings', but although he was ''miffed'' to be snubbed at the time, he thinks the role of Radagast was worth the wait.

Sylvester explained: ''I was up for the part all those years ago and got down to the last two actors and the other was the amazing Ian Holm. I was a bit miffed but I was also delighted to be in such company.

''And then when I met Peter and his team later they said to me, 'Well maybe it's a good thing you didn't get it because we've written you a rather interesting part' ... and I think maybe they're right!' ''