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Scottish comedian Billy Connolly is joining the cast of Sir Peter Jackson's The Hobbit. Connolly will play Dain Ironfoot, a great dwarf warrior and cousin of Thorin Oakenshield. "We could not think of a more fitting actor to play Dain Ironfoot, the staunchest and toughest of dwarves, than Billy Connolly, the Big Yin himself," said Sir Peter. "With Billy stepping into this role, the cast of The Hobbit is now complete. We can't wait to see him on the battlefield."

"Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. After that who cares? He's a mile away and you've got his shoes!”Billy Connolly is pictured here in the film The Big Man (1990); Liam Neeson and Hugh Grant also starred in the film.