Peter Jackson channeled his inner hobbit and went barefoot for the worldwide fan event for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” which brought together cast members in different locations around the world to stream live Q&As and footage from the film.
Stars Orlando Bloom and Richard Armitage joined fans with Anderson Cooper in Gotham, while Andy Serkis, Luke Evans and Lee Pace joined in from London and Evangeline Lilly from Los Angeles. Director Peter Jackson also joined in from Wellington, New Zealand.
Many at the theaters donned costumes and imitated characters from the books and movies in anticipating of seeing what Jackson called his “video production blog.” The footage featured actors doing stunt work in front of green screens, special effects in the works and even some bloopers, including a cursing Ian McKellen as Gandalf.
“Some people are funnier when they make mistakes than other people, Ian McKellen particularly,” Jackson said. “He doesn’t find it funny when he makes mistakes, but everyone else does.”
Jackson looked back on the last 10 weeks of shooting over the summer and remembered that it wasn’t easy.
“It was just about the most intense 10 weeks I think I’ve ever shot in my life,” he recalled. “Normally in a film, you’d have quiet scenes and you’d have climatic scenes and it’s sort of all evens itself out, but this was kind of ten weeks of pretty intense stuff.”
Along with the footage, fans were shown a deleted scene from the extended edition of the DVD of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” to be released tomorrow.
Bloom, who starred in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy as Legolas, or “Leggy” as he called him, had quite the pressing concern as he came back to reprise his role in the new movie.
“The first thing I did when I got to New Zealand was try on my old Legolas costume, because I wanted to see if it could still fit,” he said.
After Cooper asked if it still did, Bloom insisted that it went well.
Pace, who plays Thranduil, Legolas’ father, admitted he used Bloom’s “Lord of the Rings” work for inspiration.
“I just copied everything he did,” he joked. “Everything Orlando did, I would do the same thing.”
Lilly, on the other hand, who joins the series as the warrior Tauriel, turned to a unique source of inspiration for her character.
“One of my inspirations that I used when I was preparing Tauriel was Tinkerbell,” she said. “Tink is a badass little fairy! She’s tiny, and she’s cute, but she is fierce, and you don’t want to get on the wrong side of Tink.”
After the livestream ended, fans who attended the events got to witness a first-look at the song Ed Sheeran wrote and performed for the film’s ending credits, “I See Fire.” They were also treated to 20 minutes of scenes from the new film.