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Video: Willie Nelson Auditions For The Role Of Gandalf In 'The Hobbit 2'

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Today is Willie Nelson's 80th birthday, and in celebration, the legendary country singer recorded a faux audition tape to send to Peter Jackson for the part of Gandalf in "The Hoobit 2."

The video was made with the help of Conan O'Brien's Team Coco, and features Nelson delivering such epic lines as "The smoke is white, we got a new wizard" and "Balrogs are assholes."

Ian McKellen, who plays Gandalf, responded by tweeting that Nelson still had a few years before he could do the role justice:

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"The Hobbit 2" is in post-production and is set to be released at the end of this year. Meanwhile, here's what might have been, had Jackson gone a little bit country: