Jamie Oliver turned down a role in The Hobbit franchise - but why?
British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has revealed that he turned down a role in The Hobbit movies. Director Peter Jackson apparently offered to put Oliver in one of his Hobbit films in exchange for cooking at his birthday party.
Jamie Oliver apparently turned down a role in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit movies
However, the chef had to turn down the role because he was already working on other projects. He spoke about the opportunity while filming his new show Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast.
"The worst thing that happened to me was that I got phoned up by the exec producer and asked did I want to go and cook for Peter Jackson's birthday, the big birthday," he told the Hollywood actress Kate Hudson when discussing roles she missed out on.
"And if I did, they would fly me over and I could be a hobbit in the film. But I was working, I couldn't get out of it.
"I really wanted to do it, I would have got right into it as well, I would have taken the costume home and said "Jools, let's make love!"'
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Oliver could have been part of the one of the biggest grossing franchises in recent memory. The final movie in the series, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, took the Christmas No 1 spot at the US box office with $54.5m on its second weekend. Jackson's Middle Earth movie is poised to storm past the $600m mark worldwide and should have taken over $1 billion before the end of its run in cinemas.
Previously, Jackson had helmed the Oscar winning Lord of the Rings movies.
More: read our full review of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies