John Rhys-Davies, the actor who so memorably played Gimli the dwarf in The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, has declined to play the role of Gloin, Gimli’s father, in the upcoming two-part movie version of The Hobbit, according to Empire Magazine.
“I’ve already been asked and to be honest with you, I wouldn’t,” he told the magazine. “I have already completely ruled it out. There’s a sentimental part of me that would love to be involved again. [But] really, I am not sure my face can take that sort of punishment any more.
“It was just a gentle ‘What would you feel about putting it on again?’” the actor said. “But no.”
Is the actor ruling out returning to Middle Earth in a non-dwarf role? “I’d really prefer to play something quite different,” he admitted. “Maybe an elf.”
A veteran and well-regarded character actor, Rhys-Davies played Sallah in the Indiana Jones movies, and also voiced the character of Treebeard in The Lord of the Rings.
On television, he co-starred in last spring’s comedy fantasy series Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire.