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Director Guillermo del Toro is a total monster on set! (Or at least he will be in 'The Hobbit')

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Guillermo del Toro is a world class film director, but apparently what he really wants to do is act…in intriciately designed monster make-up. The latest droplet of news dripping out of the seemingly forever-in-the-making world of The Hobbit (tentatively scheduled for a December 2011 release) is that del Toro has cast himself as an extra. But not just any extra–as a scary anonymous monster lurking in the background with other scary anonymous monsters. This, according to a recent interview on German TV. He elaborated in a recent post over at TheOneRing.net: “I had a hand on the design of the creature and I will personally sculpt the appliances that will be applied on my face and hands. …  I will have a line or two and die quickly.” In other Hobbit news, del Toro recently told the BBC that Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Andy Serkis (Gollum) and Hugo Weaving (Elrond) will reprise their roles from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings’ trilogy in his movie. You can find a meaty update on the project over at slashfilm.com.