The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Official Movie Guide
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Journey deeper into the magical world of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, through exclusive interviews with director Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom and principal filmmakers and new cast members, including Stephen Fry as the Master of Lake-town, Evangeline Lilly, who plays Tauriel the Elf, and Benedict Cumberbatch, who reveals film-making secrets about playing the dragon, Smaug.
Richly illustrated with a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes photos of the actors, creatures and costumes, and numerous special effects scenes, this essential guide is an indispensable companion to the second film in the award-winning trilogy.
homeland. Is it a long shot? No, because there’s gold at the end of the journey, waiting for them, right there under that Mountain.’ So, as Peter Hambleton, who plays Gloin, points out: ‘Yes, the odds are ridiculous and, yes, they’re an eccentric bunch of characters, but, of course, that’s what makes following their journey so much fun.’ This gigantic head, sculpted in polystyrene, is just the top of an enormous statue of Thorin’s grandfather, Thrór, which is seen in full as the Company reach
Filming in Mirkwood was as much a challenge for the actors as it was for their characters. The encounter with the spiders involved numerous indignities for the actors as the Dwarves were caught in sticky cobwebs, suspended upside down and bound up with the fine silk that the creatures use to wrap their prey. William Kircher adds: ‘How often does it happen in your life that you get cocooned in spider webbing? We have had some particularly interesting experiences on this film but this was one of
I worked out the dimensions using a pair of callipers with a pivot point in the middle so that when one end was adjusted to touch the circumference of a pie, for example, then the smaller gap at the opposite end of the callipers would indicate the circumference of the small-scale version.’ Such computations led to some amusing experiences: I spent some time in a kitchen suppliers sitting on the floor, measuring pie, cake and bun tins with my callipers until the manager finally came up to me and
me to ask if the false teeth were uncomfortable, and I’d have to laugh. Anyway, the overall look is truly repellent.’ When it comes to talking about Alfrid’s employer, Ryan doesn’t hold back: ‘The Master is horrible but, at the same time, he’s very humorous and almost lovable. He’s an extremely flatulent, fatuous, buffoonish, vain old toad of a man who is mean and selfish, who likes lording it over his people and treats Alfrid like dirt. Our first scene together was Alfrid emptying his droppings
back-stories, share a mother but have three different fathers, allowed the trio to have a diversity of accents within their family group, as Róisín explains: ‘Mark Hadlow has a lovely comic Lancashire accent for Dori, the ‘mother’ character who is always fretting, nagging and nit-picking; Ori has a trace of Adam Brown’s native West Berkshire accent with its subtle hint of country that seems particularly suited to the character’s youth and innocence; and Nori has a more urban accent that fits with