Robert Kazinsky has left filming on The Hobbit for personal reasons it has been announced.
The hunk, who formerly acted in BBC soap Eastenders and who we spotted playing a doctor in Brothers and Sisters a few weeks back, had been cast as Fili a dwarf in the blockbuster movie, but yesterday Peter Jackson announced his departure from the role.
He wrote on his Facebook blog:
“I am sad to report that Rob Kazinsky, who was cast in the role of Fili, is having to leave The Hobbit and return home, for personal reasons. Rob has been terrific to work with and his enthusiasm and infectious sense of humour will be missed by all of us. I should say that Rob’s departure will not affect ongoing filming of The Hobbit, nor will it impact work done to date, as we had yet to film much of Fili’s storyline. At the moment we are shooting scenes featuring Bilbo without the Dwarves, which will give us time to find a new Fili.”
Robert took to his Twitter account to express his sadness at having to leave the New Zealand set and wrote:
Thanks for all your support, Peter and team have been the most wonderful and supportive team to work for and it’s with a truly sad heart…
that things have turned out this way. The Hobbit will go on to be as great as i’ve seen and I will miss the family and friends that i’ve..
here, From every disaster i’ve tried to make an opportunity. “john d rokerfeller”
He later admitted that it is a health issue which has forced him to leave, though did not reveal if it was his or a relative that was unwell. He added:
it’s a health issue duncs, all will be well in time, promise!
Watch a video of Rob rehearsing with the other dwarves below.