report that The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA), an Australian union, has advised members not to accept work on The Hobbit. Peter Jackson has responded by saying; “I can’t see beyond the ugly spectre of an Australian bully-boy using what he perceives as his weak Kiwi cousin to gain a foothold in this country’s film industry.”. Meanwhile, the New Zealand Actors Equity have stated that they have no interest in jeopardizing the production.

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