Who Played Gimli In Lord of the Rings? John Rhys-Davies, who plays the dwarf Gimli in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, is 6’1″ tall, making him the tallest member of the Fellowship.
In “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” which came out in 2001, there is a story about a small, smart, talking blue hedgehog who can run very fast and must protect his bag of magical golden rings from the forces of evil. Dr. Xu Wenwu (Tony Leung), a mad scientist who has his own set of ten magical rings, wants the hedgehog’s rings so he can hop around between dimensions.
One of the most interesting things about Peter Jackson’s six popular movies set in Tolkien’s fantastical Middle-earth was that he was able to make human-sized actors look like the many small humanoid species that lived there. With the help of forced perspective, digital overlays, stand-ins, stunt doubles, and the then-revolutionary motion-matching CGI technology, Jackson was able to imagine many 3 1/2-foot-tall hobbits and 4-foot-tall dwarfs standing next to human characters who looked much bigger. Some of the forced perspective shots in “Fellowship” stood out, but charmingly and beautifully. The digital effects in “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” were pretty smooth, and a group of 13 dwarfs looked as real as they could be.
Gimli, the dwarf, was played by 6’1″ John Rhys-Davies. The actor did all closeups of Gimli’s face, and all of Gimli’s lines were said by him. Gimli, on the other hand, was played by Brett Beattie, who stood in for Rhys-Davies in many long shots.
In an interview with Polygon in 2021, Beattie talks about how much he was in the “Lord of the Rings” movies, and he admits that it was a lot.