Richard Armitage, who played Thorin Oakenshield in ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy, has passionately defended the films against criticism that they were too long.
The cumulative running time of the series was almost eight hours, but Armitage told Yahoo Movies there was “almost too much [material] for three films”.
He said: “I think a lot of people who weren’t necessarily into the genre or Peter’s work probably felt it was too long; in which case I feel like maybe it’s not the right movie for you. The fans loved every single second of it and actually wanted more. When you look at what had to be lost, there was almost too much for three films. There wasn’t quite enough time to tell the whole story.
“[The length] was a question that went through my mind but then it’s such a weird thing to criticise as well. The movies were criticised because they were considered to be too long, but when in life do you ever get twice as much for the same price? People who bought a cinema ticket were effectively getting two movies for the price of one.
“What people don’t realise is that really ‘The Hobbit’ was the blueprint for ‘The Lord Of The Rings’. Tolkien himself expanded on his own work. Peter Jackson’s love of Middle Earth drove him forward and made him want to explore every character and detail because with the technology he developed, why wouldn’t you want to go to Dol Guldur with Gandalf? Why wouldn’t you want to tell that side of the story? I think he knew he was never going to visit Middle Earth again so he wanted to show it in the best way that he could.”
Read the rest of our interview with the very honest (and very nice) Armitage below.
Yahoo: What are the deleted scenes from ‘The Battle Of Five Armies’ that you are most excited about?
Armitage: We’re going to see a big funeral scene at the end with some pretty emotional speeches by Gandalf. That’s something I’m looking forward to. I know that when the decision was made to take that out of the final movie was made there was a little scene added where you see the dwarves on the waterfall and they kneel around the dead body. That was an addition because the funeral was cut. I imagine in the Extended Edition they’ll both be in.