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Video: Willie Nelson turns 80 today, auditions for "The Hobbit 2" and gets birthday wishes from Carrie Underwood

by Brandy McDonnell Published: April 29, 2013

Country music legend Willie Nelson celebrated his 80th birthday today, and he did it in extremely Willie Nelson fashion.

Willie Nelson (AP file)
Willie Nelson (AP file)

The singer-songwriter made a trippy video for “Conan” in which he mischievously auditions for “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson to cast him as Gandalf in the next “Hobbit” movie instead of Ian McKellen. (Watch for language and, um, suspicious smoke in this video.)

The “Red Headed Stranger” also volunteers to take McKellen’s place as Magneto.

Although most Internet sources list Nelson’s birthdate as April 30, his publicist, Elaine Schock, assured me in an email that Willie claims April 29 as his birthday. He told her he knows it’s April 29 since he was there.

Sounds just like something Willie would say, doesn’t it?

Also, check out Checotah native Carrie Underwood perkily wishing Willie a happy 80th birthday:

-BAM

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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