Caught wind of the following article over at Ringbearer. Here’s an excerpt (and the only mention of LOTR). Perhaps he’ll be an ent…?
Tumour puts mission on hold
The New Zealand Herald – January 15, 2000
HUNTLY – A towering Waikato teenager has been
forced to put a promising American basketball career on
hold while doctors deal with the reappearance of a
tumour in his brain.
But the delay has had a positive spinoff for John
Thocolich, who stands 2.24m (7ft 4in) and wears size
His phenomenal height has won him an extra’s role in
the mega-budget movie Lord of the Rings, and he will
use the cash to go on a two-year mission for his
Thocolich has already had a series of operations to
remove the tumour, which affects the pituitary gland that
produces the growth hormone.