It's been pretty much the best day ever for Peter Jackson.
He's finally sorted out all the nonsense that's been stopping him from shooting in his beloved New Zealand and his old pal Guillermo del Toro has publicly backed his Bilbo.
Original Hobbit director del Toro told Shortlist: "I have the perfect actor for every character in the movie, but I don't feel morally correct to saying who now that I'm not directing.
"But [as for Martin specifically] absolutely, 100%. I'm a huge fan of his. I love him in The Office and Love Actually ."
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