Topher Grace is the latest Hobbit fan to recut the bloated Peter Jackson movies

Fans have been trying to recut Peter Jackson’s overstuffed trilogy of The Hobbit films for about as long as the third movie in the series (based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s roughly 300-page novel) has been out on Blu-ray. The latest edit comes from an unlikely place — actor Topher Grace, who IndieWire reports has edited down Jackson’s trilogy into a single two-hour film.

Grace isn’t exactly a stranger to fan edits of films — in 2012, he famously trimmed down George Lucas’ Star Wars prequels into a now-legendary 85-minute film. But the Hobbit edit was born out of slightly different motivations: Grace says he needed to relax after the strain of playing David Duke in Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman. Grace doesn’t typically find himself in an editor’s…

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