We all recall when, in DOS, Thorin Oakenshield told his nephew Fili, who was getting ready to separate, that he belonged with “the company”- the company of dwarves, of course.
Now it turns out, as reported by actor John Callen and The One Ring, that Warner Brothers will not foot the bill to bring the 6 Kiwi actors to the London premiere on December 1.
Incredibly, Warner Brothers cites ” budget concerns,” as their reason for this serious, shameful and disappointing decision. Just how much trouble is Warner Brothers in?
Probably, not much. Didn’t Warner Brothers just foot the bill to send 150 fans from all over the world, to New Zealand for a several day BOTFA experience? And they don’t have the funds to send send six men to London?
Personally, I think this is shameful, and disrespectful, not only to the actors themselves, who have all worked well and hard traveling the world to promote these films at various events, but disrespectful to the fans also, and to New Zealand fans in particular.
I think it’s mean-spirited of WB to take this approach and leave out the Kiwi actors. But, perhaps WB doesn’t realize what a PR nightmare this can become:
WARNER BROTHERS TOO BROKE ( OR CHEAP) TO SEND ACTORS TO PREMIERE,
Perhaps WB is unaware of the fan loyalty towards the actors who played the dwarves. Maybe WB doesn’t scroll Tumblr.
Warner Brothers obviously doesn’t know that the fans want those men in London so the cast can share in the defining chapter themselves, and bring laughter and tears to their fans. Actors, John Callen, Jed Brophy, Mark Hadlow, William Kircher, Peter Hambleton and Stephen Hunter need to be in London.
And gosh – where does that leave Dean O’Gorman, our Fili?
Sometimes, we can change things. But there’s not much time.
I’m open to suggestions for better hashtags.