The Hobbit Actor Felt Like the World’s Highest Paid Extra

Oin from The Hobbit

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, director Peter Jackson set up the premise of the franchise by having a large group of dwarves show up at Bilbo Baggins’ house; that ill-fated meeting would turn into the adventure that served as the original novel’s plot. But in the follow-up movies, the dwarves became less important to the story. According to actor John Callen, who portrayed the dwarf Oin, he and his fellow dwarf actors eventually felt like they had become more like the “world’s highest paid extras.”

Callen made this statement during a documentary that attempted to look at what went wrong with The Hobbit trilogy of movies. After the success of the ...

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