Hobbit star hasn't read book and 'I ... don't like people who have'

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Dec 17, 2012, 3:27 PM EST

Though most would agree that J.R.R. Tolkien can build worlds with the best of them, opinions can sometimes vary on the Lord of the Rings author's actual writing style. Now we know that at least one star of the upcoming Hobbit films is definitely not a fan.

Billy Connolly, who plays the dwarf Dáin Ironfoot in the upcoming Hobbit trilogy, recently did a sit-down with Vulture to talk about the films and the author who inspired them.

When asked his opinion on Tolkien's writings, the actor had some choice words about the books and the fan devotion they inspire:

"I could never read Tolkien. I always found him unreadable ... I didn't read [the books], and I normally don't like people who have! The people who love it, they're kind of scary. They talk all this gobbledygook and they think of it as the Holy Grail."
But, that's not all. Connolly goes on to expand on his thought, and says fans shouldn't take it so seriously when things might be tweaked to adapt the book into a film:
"But invariably, there seems to be a sector of the press that is consumed by The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, and it's indicative of that notion, that it's the Grail. So whatever I say is rubbish, but then I become answerable for it! People get all upset, they get terribly upset about anything that has to do with it, as if it were real! It's a story! Just relax! It'll go away and you'll be just fine. Don't panic."
You've got to respect the guy's brutal honesty, but it's a pretty gutsy move to take a shot at a true fantasy classic. Even more so if you're starring in films based on the book.

What do you think of Connolly's opinion? Do you enjoy reading Tolkien?

(The Mary Sue via Vulture)