Topher Grace Made A 2-Hour Cut Of The Hobbit Trilogy After Playing David Duke

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Topher Grace The Hobbit
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It can be tough for actors when they have to get into a truly horrible role, so there's got to be some kind of coping mechanism or form of release. Some might turn to their loved ones for support, others might take a break to get away from it all. Topher Grace, meanwhile, re-edited The Hobbit Trilogy.

Grace is playing white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard, David Duke, in Spike Lee's BlackKklansman, and getting into the mindset of someone so repugnant - and then seeing the news and how his ideology was still being reflected - left the actor feeling depressed and worried about what kind of a husband he was being.

So, in order to relieve the stress, he decided to take Peter Jackson's second Middle-earth trilogy and turn it into one two-hour movie, telling IndieWire:

“I think that maybe ‘The Hobbit’ should’ve been one movie, and many people would agree. Money drives a lot of those franchises. It’s better when the art leads."

Grace is no stranger to editing movies, having previously cut the Star Wars prequels down into one 85-minute movie as well, and in fairness there's something to be said for a much tighter version of The Hobbit, rather than Jackson's attempts at making another Lord of the Rings trilogy. Of his unusual hobby, Grace said:

"I don’t know what other guys do. Go fishing? For me, this is just a great way to relax. There’s something really zen about it.”


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