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COWAL Highland Gathering Chieftain Sylvester McCoy enjoyed a warm welcome to his home town of Dunoon on Saturday - and the former Dr Who actor confirmed that he is up for a role in the latest of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Mr McCoy told the Standard that contrary to widespread internet rumours, he's not vying for the role of Bilbo in The Hobbit (due to start filming next year) - but is one of two actors being considered for one of the wizard parts.
"I am being cast in The Hobbit," he said. "We're currently in negotiations - there are two of us under consideration. It's not the Bilbo role, but could be bigger."
Resplendent in his 'Cowal Games Bling', Mr McCoy said that the gathering was very important to him.
"It was an honour to be asked to be chieftain," he said. "I'm the Chuffed Chief of Cowal Games. I grew up with the games - it was a big part of my childhood. I remember trying to sneak in without paying - and usually succeeding!"
He'd been enjoying the chance to mingle with locals, many of whom remember him from school days. "There are lots of memories and ghosts coming back. This place really means a lot."
More Cowal Games news later online and special pullout in next week's edition, published Friday September 3.

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