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Hollywood studio funding problems, a threatened actors’ boycott and ulcer surgery for director Peter Jackson have plagued pre-production on the $500 million, two-movie project.

Some cast members spoke to reporters Feb.11 on location in New Zealand and said they were putting the troubled history behind them.

"We’re all optimistic, ready to go," said English actor Martin Freeman, who will play Bilbo Baggins.

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