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Published 03/05/2011

John Rhys-Davies has revealed he begged for the role
John Rhys-Davies has revealed he begged for the role

John Rhys-Davies has revealed he begged for a role in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit.

The Welsh actor - who played warrior dwarf Gimli in The Lord Of The Rings and also voiced Ent leader Treebeard - told how he was overcome with feelings when he found out about the 3D prequel.

John revealed: "I have to confess when I heard they were doing it, there was a big lump of nostalgia."

He went on: "It was a very strange feeling going back and seeing so many old faces. Seeing Ian McKellen and young Gollum [Andy Serkis].

"It was like going back to your old school where you were being a person of real importance and they treated you courteously, but you're no longer part of it. It really plucks the heart strings.

"So I grovelled as obsequiously as I could, to no avail, but Peter's a very merciful chap... Let's put it this way. I have been sending pushy, grovelling signals."

And the actor is very excited about what to expect from The Hobbit.

He said: "Four weeks ago I went down [to New Zealand] and saw the making of The Hobbit. What I saw down there I think means almost a quantum change in the way films are made. I think after this Hobbit comes out, filmmaking will never be the same.

"The decision to shoot and project in 48 frames per second is extraordinary and an improvement of image that will become the new standard I think."

John is fronting new drama-documentary The Book That Changed The World which marks the 400th anniversary of King James's Bible, which can be seen on Discovery History on May 16.

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