'The Hobbit': Actor Rob Kazinsky, cast as dwarf Fili, drops out of movie

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The Hobbit director Peter Jackson announced on his Facebook page Sunday that British actor Rob Kazinsky (ABC’s Brothers & Sisters, the UK soap EastEnders) — who had been cast as Fili, one of the dwarves who accompany Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) on his grand adventure — is leaving the film “for personal reasons.” Jackson stressed that the departure “will not affect ongoing filming of The Hobbit, nor will it impact work done to date, as we had yet to film much of Fili’s storyline.” The production is currently focused on shooting scenes featuring Bilbo without the dwarves, which Jackson says “will give us time to find a new Fili.”

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  • Kal

    I heard about this on tORn; I feel so sorry for Kazinsky, as he seemed so enthused about the whole film. I hope all is well with him and that his replacement is stellar.

    • AJ

      Darn! There’s one less piece of eye candy. Or basically, now there’s NO eye candy on this film..

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        ~~~~~~~~Ah thats a bummer, he seemed really enthusiastic. But the last time something similar to this happened we got Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn, so hopefully itll work out for the best.

  • Chelsea

    Whatever the “personal issues” are must be pretty bad for him to drop out of such a huge movie(s). I hope he’s okay!

    • joe the dirt

      Drug abuse would be a good bet on why he needs to drop out of an epic movie like this.

  • Brett

    Ah thats a bummer, he seemed really enthusiastic. But the last time something similar to this happened we got Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn, so hopefully itll work out for the best.

  • A.F. for EW

    Is it just me, or is anyone else out there got the feeling this production is cursed?

    • Chelsea

      That’s a bit of an exaggeration.

    • Caroline

      That’s just stupid

  • Sith Lord J

    At least Being Human’s Mitchell is still in it.

    • Flyer

      And Richard Armitage!

  • pippa

    i wonder what the personal reasons were?

  • Daphne

    I don’t remember him on Brothers/Sisters? who did he play? Hmm i don’t care who drops out as long as i get to see the 6’2 dreamy Richard Armitage shrunk down to pocket size! hehe

    • Kate

      I had to look it up! He was the dr ex of justin’s nurse girlfriend. He was only on an episode or two. He is the reason she and Justin broke up.

  • Grumpster

    Personal reasons or not, it will be the biggest mistake he ever makes to drop out of such a huge movie. Can you imagine Judy Garland dropping out of Oz? She’d be a nobody.

    • topazbean

      Calling it a mistake seems a bit harsh given that we have no idea what the specific reasons were for his departure.

  • jedidiah

    It apppeared he had some sort of crutches in the pre-production behind the scenes video blog Jackson posted.

  • Hobbitina

    Seems fated to happen; be the guy who replaces him will end up being awesome like Viggo. TOo bad this guy, don’t know him, wish him well.

  • argo

    Picked a lousy time to go to rehab.

  • MJ

    Since there were about 13 dwarves in The Hobbit (book), who cares? With all the makeup they are going to wear, no one will see him (or know who he is) anyway!

    • Rush

      Other than the leads, they could do the rest of the dwarves with CGI!

  • Alun Gray

    My girlfriend watches Eastenders and I saw Rob Kazinsky in a few episodes and he was awful, that was a long time ago though and I guess he could have improved. All that aside never like to see someone miss out on an opportunity like that in their career hope another one comes along for him.

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