The majority of fans agreed with Peter Jackson's casting decisions when it came to bringing The Hobbit to life. Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch also made a few changes, which caused some debate among fans of Tolkiens' writing. For example, the choice to cast Dain Ironfoot, the enormous dwarf who will become the King of Thorin, Fili, and Kili after the death of Thorin and Kili.
Billy Connolly is a fantastic actor who has played many well-known children's film roles, including Fergus in Disney's Brave and Uncle Monty in a Series Of Unfortunate Events, but many fans felt that his complicated accent and comical touch on things suited his role as a regal character. And this, as well as the overdramatized design of both his beard and armor, resulted in a popular perception of his portrayal as a child.
This problem was caused by the acting itself, the script decisions made for the character, and the absurdity of so many of the scenes in which the character was placed. In fact, Dain is actually one of the most serious, heroic, and regal of all the characters in the original book, in some ways even more so than Thorin himself.
Fans think his lack of fighting abilities contributed to his CGI representation of the wild pig he rode on, as well as his short and stubby appearance (even more so than is normal for a dwarf). Many of his lines, which are meant to sound powerful and bold and intimidating toward the enemy, are delivered in a way that makes him appear more like a petulant child.
Billy Connolly addressed his portrayal of Shakespeare's Macbeth as a director's cut in the Making Of, stating that he grew up on old Scottish stories, ones of valor and brave fights against the most evil of opponents, ones for justice and a cause worth dying for.
The immense amount of time and effort that Dane spent attempting to perform on his boar steed took away from the beauty of the performance he intended to give. He is well-known for being a hero in both the Hobbit book, where he charged in and helped protect Erebor's castle with the help of the ravens as his allies, and in the Lord of the Rings books, because he was actually one of the key players who defended Dale's rebuilt kingdom during the
Dain goes from being a noble and gracious warrior to being a petty and ignorant child all within one line: Tell this rabble to leave or Ill water the ground with their blood! This is, unfortunately, something that isn't improved after the initial introduction of him.