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Jackson blames thesps for ‘Hobbit’ crisis

Director takes aim at Kiwi unions in TV interview

SYDNEY — In a television interview in New Zealand overnight Peter Jackson has put the blame for “The Hobbit” crisis on a handful of actors who “do not actually understand the real repercussions and the situation.”

Talking to NZ’s TVONE, Jackson also took fire at Council of Trade Unions prexy Helen Kelly, saying she was “behaving like someone who thinks she knows about filmmaking and who hasn’t got a goddamn clue.”

Kelly remains convinced that “The Hobbit” is being lured overseas by better coin and that Warners knew as early as the weekend that the boycott was set to be lifted. But whether these few days would have had any real effect is not known.

Execs from Warner are heading to New Zealand next week to make a decision on where to shoot the pic that was greenlit recently with Jackson as helmer.

“Up until a month ago, no one had even thought in a million years that this movie was going to leave the country. And then this blacklist was brought on, and the studio said ‘What the hell is going on?,’ and we tried to figure out what the hell was going on,” Jackson said. “At that point confidence in our country as a stable base to make movies started to erode.”

Read the related story: Kiwi “Hobbit” boycott ends

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