Fili The Dwarf Tossed From “Hobbit”

“Eastenders” actor Rob Kazinsky has had to leave the production of the currently shooting “The Hobbit”.

Director Peter Jackson revealed the news in a post on his Facebook page citing “personal reasons” as to why the actor left the role of one of the key dwarf characters. Here’s the full posting:

“I am sad to report that Rob Kazinsky, who was cast in the role of Fili, is having to leave The Hobbit and return home, for personal reasons. Rob has been terrific to work with and his enthusiasm and infectious sense of humour will be missed by all of us.

I should say that Rob’s 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. At the moment we are shooting scenes featuring Bilbo without the Dwarves, which will give us time to find a new Fili.”

Kazinsky latter added on his Twitter that “Thanks for all your support, Peter and team have been the most wonderful and supportive team to work for and it’s with a truly sad heart that things have turned out this way. The Hobbit will go on to be as great as i’ve seen and I will miss the family and friends that i’ve here, From every disaster i’ve tried to make an opportunity.”

Early departures are a familiar story to Jackson. Actor Stuart Townsend had been cast in “The Lord of the Rings” as Aragon and, despite months of training, was replaced the day before shooting began by actor Viggo Mortensen. Similarly Ryan Gosling had been cast in a key role in Jackson’s “The Lovely Bones” until a month before shooting when Jackson replaced him with Mark Wahlberg.

In this case though, the actor’s departure was at his own request from the sounds of it. More as it develops.