Actor John Noble, who played Denethor in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, has told MTV that he would not be interested in returning to play his character in The Hobbit. No way, no how, no McCain!
If they said, ‘Would you come and play Denethor again,’” Noble said, “I would have to say, ‘No, I’m doing [new J.J. Abrams television series] ‘Fringe’! And I certainly couldn’t play a younger Denethor or even Echelion now that I’m an older John. Not even with makeup.”
“I do wish them the best of luck, however,” he added. “There’s tremendous fan interest in ‘The Hobbit.’ But ‘Lord of the Rings’ was so special, you could tell even when you were working on it, that it was just so good, and sometimes, you just want to leave that in a special place somehow.”
It’s a good job Denethor doesn’t appear in the books otherwise Guillermo del Toro would have had to recast. Gasp!