goode wood 'The Hobbit': Is Matthew Goode the new Bilbo Baggins?British actor Matthew Goode has auditioned for the role of Bilbo Baggins in Guillermo Del Toro‘s upcoming, “The Hobbit.”
At least, that’s what he told the Telegraph recently, although he pooh-poohed the notion of actually getting the part with a dismissive, “Look at the size of me for Christ’s sake.” 
He is quite tall but that shouldn’t matter in this new CGI world. Besides, he has those bright blue eyes and impish grin like Frodo (Elijah Wood).
You may remember Goode as Colin Firth‘s dead lover in Tom Ford’s A Single Man” or Ozymandias in “The Watchmen.”

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Matthew talked with The Dish Rag about “Single Man,” how happy he is for Colin’s Oscar nod, and his recent romantic comedy “Leap Year,” also starring Amy Adams, which he has now described as” turgid.”
“I just know that there are a lot of people who will say it is the worst film of 2010,” he tells the Telegraph. Goode took the job because of the location, Ireland. He lives in London with his wife and their new baby.
“That was the main reason I took it — so that I could come home at the weekends,” he said. “I was told it was going to be like ‘The Quiet Man’ with a Vaughan Williams soundtrack, but in the end it turned out to have pop music all over it. Do I feel I let myself down? No. Was it a bad job? Yes, it was. But, you know, I had a nice time and I got paid.”
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Photo credits: Elijah Wood and Matthew Goode. WireImage