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Watch Willie Nelson's Audition Tape for The Hobbit

April 30, 2013  |  1:40pm

“You shall not pass…an unlit joint, man. That’s just not cool.”

He’s already got the presence of and the long locks of a legendary wizard, and so, yes, Peter Jackson, Willie Nelson would be a wonderful Gandalf, because hell, he’s Willie Nelson.

In celebration of the country music icon’s 80th birthday today, Conan released Monday, via the Team Coco website, a hilarious “audition tape” from Willie Nelson, in which the singer makes his case as for why he should play Gandalf in The Hobbit.

And what makes this video even better? The actor who currently plays Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings movie franchise, Ian McKellen, tweeted his response to the video:


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