When you’re a director as powerful and world-renowned as Peter Jackson, you do what you want. Sometimes that means making one slender book into three bloated movies. Sometimes it means wedging in lame love subplots, along with cameos of your famous friends, like J.R.R. Tolkien super-fan Stephen Colbert in a blink and you’ll miss it part in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. And sometimes it means bartering coveted roles in your movies for fancy foods.
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has confessed that Jackson’s people approached him about a peculiar deal. In an episode of Jamie And Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast (via The Daily Mail), Oliver sympathizes with guest Kate Hudson on missing out on exciting acting opportunities, saying:
“The worst thing that happened to me was that I got phoned up by (The Hobbit’s) exec producer and asked did I want to go and cook for Peter Jackson’s birthday, the big birthday. (Jackson’s 50th.) 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!’”
No word on if his wife Jools is happy about his thwarted attempt at Hobbit lovemaking. We’ll assume she is. Hobbit role play doesn’t sound especially sexy. But hey YOLO.