E! Online
December 1, 2000

December Force of Hobbit
Staff Reporter

If you're going to endure long hours in the makeup chair and months away from your home to portray an ax-wielding Dwarf, it helps to have a sense of humor.

And John Rhys-Davies, who plays Gimli in Lord of the Rings, has that in abundance.

"I wanted to play Denethor and was quite nonplussed when they told me Peter [Jackson] wanted me to play Gimli," the 56-year-old Welsh actor says with a laugh. "My agent said, 'If you turn down this role, I don't think I can represent you anymore.' I realized then that I'd lost the argument!"

Despite the hardships ("My skin reacts to the makeup, so I have to go home and hide for two or three days afterward," he says. "It's ruined my social life"), he's happy to be part of a project he calls a career highlight.

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