Richard Armitage: Hobbit terrified me

Richard Armitage never understood why some fans complained about the length of The Hobbit movies.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Rob Latour/REX Shutterstock (4288928bl) Richard Armitage 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' film premiere, Los Angeles, America - 09 Dec 2014

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Rob Latour/REX Shutterstock (4288928bl)
Richard Armitage
‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ film premiere, Los Angeles, America – 09 Dec 2014

Richard Armitage was nervous about honouring his character in The Hobbit movies.
The British actor plays Thorin Oakenshield in Peter Jackson’s trilogy, which are the prequel to The Lord of the Rings films. With an extended cut of the final movie, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies being released, Richard got a chance to reflect on his role and his initial thoughts on taking the part.

“Of course the final scene that he has with Bilbo I was… it’s one of those scenes you know you’re going to have to play the minute you sign up because I’d read the book,” he told denofgeek.com. “I was excited about playing that scene and nervous as well as you know you’ve got to get it right, you’ve got to honour the character.”

Thorin is the leader of the Company of Dwarves and the final film sees his story arch reach a sad conclusion. But the 43-year-old was happy with his character’s ending and that his last scene to film was also Thorin’s last moments.

“My last scene ever was actually the scene with Azog, when he has the blade in Thorin’s chest and Thorin has to make the decision to pull his blade away to kill Azog, but in doing so he sacrifices himself; that was my very, very last shot – a close up of that,” he recalled. “Which was kind of interesting that it just happened to be the last moment of his life – that moment, but Pete kind of lingered on it, there was something he was looking for which I think was a sense of relief in Thorin, that he could do that and let everything go.”

The extended cut features a number of scenes that had to be removed from the original cinema release last year which Richard is glad people will get to finally see.

“When you look at what had to be lost – really, really valuable things that they take a lot of time choosing and making and writing, it’s just exciting to think that we can and we’re now going to be able to see all of that stuff that’s been missing,” he said.

Source: http://tv3.ie/xpose/article/entertainment-news/169890/Richard-Armitage-Hobbit-terrified-me

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