31 July 2011

Andy Serkis Talks Directorial Duties on 'Hobbit'

With his most recent film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, in theatres this Friday, Andy Serkis recently spoke with ComingSoon.net about his next project, Peter Jackson's two-part film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit.' Not only will Andy be reprising his role as Gollum, he will also serve as the film's 2nd Unit director.

When asked how directing 'The Hobbit' will be different from the short films he's directed in the past, Andy's response was:

"It's really incredible. At the end of the day you're finding the right shot to support the performance. That's something I've learned from working with Peter over the years. What I've loved and really connected with is observing his choices in how to tell a story with a camera. I've been very inspired by the way he works over the years, clearly, and I think that's why I feel like I'm kind of in touch with his sensibility. Although I'm there for him on 2nd Unit, his words to me when he offered me the job were, "I want you to make bold decisions, come back with your own take on it, you can cut your own material." He wants a fresh pair of eyes as well. I'm not gonna take it too far from his sensibility, but to have that creative freedom and yet at the same time know that you're aiming towards the same end is a great mix for working on that scale. Working in 3D for the first time, working with such a big crew, all the drama and battle sequences and all the other things."

Look for Rise of the Planet of the Apes in theatres this Friday; The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released in theatres in December 2012.

Stephen Colbert Straightens out 'Lord of the Rings' Analogies

Following Congress' recent comparison between the debt crisis and J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Stephen Colbert decided to set straight the analogies on a recent episode of The Colbert Report.

Watch the 4 minute video below to see Stephen's response to Congress' analogies (including John McCain's recent reading from a Wall Street Journal editorial which referred to Tea Party members as hobbits, and also stated that "...the Tea Party hobbits could return to Middle earth having defeated Mordor"):

30 July 2011

Andy Serkis' 'Hobbit' Tidbits

At the LA premiere of Andy Serkis' next film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, in which he again takes on a CGI role, Andy spoke a little about reprising his role as Gollum in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit.

"We've been shooting for 60 days, and we have about 200 more to go," he said. "I've actually finished all my scenes as Gollum and now I'm directing second unit. I'm having a ball."

You can view the entire video interview here.

Luke Evans Auditioned Online for 'The Hobbit'

"I auditioned for [The Hobbit] like a year ago," Luke Evans said. "It's amazing. Things happen like that sometimes on movies. Projects happen or they get stopped. As you know, 'The Hobbit's' had a lot of hurdles to jump before it started production. So yeah, I auditioned for it a year ago and never heard a single thing back."

Luke Evans did eventually hear back, but despite being cast as Bard the Bowman, he has not actually worked with - or even met - director Peter Jackson yet.

"I've heard just wonderful things about the whole process with Peter and Phillipa and I know a few of the actors in the movie and Orlando [Bloom] has always said wonderful things about him and the experience he had on 'Lord of the Rings' so I can't wait," he said. "It's just lovely to be a part of something that's just a little bit of cinematic history."

While he says he's physically prepared to take on the role - and is especially keen on honing his archery skills - Evans admits he knows about as much as fans do, due to the fact that he has not yet begun filming.

"As the weeks have gone by I've sort of been able to settle in the film I'm doing right now, I've been able to see the amazing video blogs that he's done which are fantastic and I think it's genius that he's doing them because they're really, really insightful and it gives the fans and anybody, everybody, a little taste of the enormity of this project. So that's about as much as I know."

28 July 2011

Rise of Isengard: First Screencaps of Orthanc and Gap of Rohan

Earlier today, Turbine released several photos of the upcoming LOTRO expansion, The Rise of Isengard, which will launch on September 27 and allow players to explore three new regions in Middle-earth - Dunland, the Gap of Rohan, and Isengard.

Click to enlarge photos:

'I Wanna Be In the Hobbit Movies' Podcast Now on iTunes

In case you're not following him on Twitter (which you should be!), I just wanted to relay a link to Patrick Spadaccino's new podcast series on iTunes. Check him out and help pass the word along.

Once again, you can follow Patrick via Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and RSS feed.

27 July 2011

Luke Evans excited about 'Hobbit'; Saoirse Ronan 'disappointed'

Welsh actor Luke Evans recently attended Comic-Con to promote Tarsem Singh's new film 'Immortals.' Now, he's off to New Zealand to begin filming 'The Hobbit,' in which he will be portraying Bard the Bowman.

"It's really big. It's not overwhelming to the point of being terrifying, but it is quite a big thing. I'm about to become part of a piece of cinematic history, whether I like it or not," he said.

Evans also admits to feeling a bit nervous about working on such an "epic" film, adding: "This is a big movie and I'm working with a director that is probably one of the best directors around today. He's the most respected director in the world. He's carrying these two movies and shooting them straight after each other. It's taking him two years to shoot. The whole thing is epic, and I'm going to be part of it. I'm really excited. I can't wait."

Meanwhile, Saoirse Ronan is still "really disappointed" over having to turn down a role in 'The Hobbit,' and missing an opportunity to work with director Peter Jackson again.

"I'm really disappointed that I couldn't do it," she said. "I really am. Any excuse for me to go back to New Zealand, and work with those people I'd take. But there are other projects as well that I've had to consider - and to do that for over a year, it wouldn't have left me time to do anything else."

22 July 2011

'Hobbit' Pushes Superman Back into 2013

Like Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Zack Snyder's Superman: Man of Steel was also slated for a December 2012 release; however, the latter film has pushed back that date until June 2013, to make way for the first Hobbit film.

This will put Man of Steel up against sequels from the Thor and Iron Man franchises in what has already been dubbed The Summer of Super Men, while The Hobbit will go against Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained and Johnny Depp's Lone Ranger.

Official War in the North Trailer

The new trailer for Lord of the Rings: War in the North has been released!

This game looks awesome! Look for it on shelves on August 24, or pre-order it here.

21 July 2011

Group Photo of the Dwarves

Now that we've seen all the individual photos, here's a group photo of all thirteen Dwarves from 'The Hobbit':

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From left to right: Jed Brophy as Nori, Dean O’Gorman as Fili, Mark Hadlow as Dori, James Nesbitt as Bofur, Peter Hamleton as Gloin, Graham McTavish as Dwalin, Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield (center), Ken Stott as Balin, John Callen as Oin, Stephen Hunter as Bombur, William Kircher as Bifur, Adam Brown as Ori and Aidan Turner as Kili.

'Hobbit' Production Video #3

Peter Jackson has released a third 'Hobbit' production video on his Facebook page, following the announcement that he had declined an invitation to participate in this year's Comic-Con.

"New Line and Warner Bros were very happy to support a presentation, but I declined, simply because I felt it was too early," Jackson writes. "There's so much more of the films still to shoot. I just wanted to get that out there, because I've seen various references to the possibility of something Hobbity at Comic Con. Hate to disappoint anyone. But something tells me we will be there in force next year."

He adds: "We've just finished a new video blog, covering a little more of the first block of shooting. So please enjoy this - at least you don't have to travel to San Deigo to see it! I've been on the go since wrapping the first shooting block, but I'm about to settle down and get into the much delayed 20 Questions. I've a few half-written and will get those done very, very soon! I promise!"

In this video, Jackson is seen looking for Andy Serkis, who is not on the 'Hobbit' set, but is instead stranded on the 'James Bond' lots; we see Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman working on a scene together; and the cast and crew reveal how they feel about the first three months of filming. 

Filming is scheduled to resume this September.

20 July 2011

'Hobbit' Actor James Nesbitt's DVT Fears

After noticing pain in his leg, which later forced him to seek medical attention during a charity golf game, 'Hobbit' actor James Nesbitt fears he may have deep vein thrombosis (DVT). He was checked by a doctor as well as a hematologist, both of whom suspect he has DVT, a condition in which blood clots in deep vein, most frequently the leg. The condition is often associated with long-distance travel; Nesbitt has been flying between New Zealand and the UK after being cast as Bofur in Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit

According to a source, on the day of the golf game, "It was clear he was in agony because he limped his way around the course."

17 July 2011

Thorin Oakenshield and Orcrist Revealed!

At long last, the highly anticipated 'first look' at Thorin Oakenshield has been released by TheOneRing.net, thus concluding our preview of the Company of Dwarves.

With their photo, TORN has also released this bio on Thorin:

As a young Dwarf prince, Thorin witnessed the destruction and terror wrought when a great fire-breathing Dragon attacked the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. After slaughtering many of Thorin’s kin, the great serpent, Smaug, entered The Lonely Mountain and took possession of its vast store of gold and jewels. No-one came to the aid of the surviving Dwarves, and thus, a once proud and noble race was forced into exile. Through long years of hardship, Thorin grew to be a strong and fearless fighter and revered leader. In his heart a fierce desire grew; a desire to reclaim his homeland and destroy the beast that had brought such misery upon his people. So when fate offers him an unusual ally, he seizes the chance for revenge.

Sauron Named Top Evil Sorcerer

This is a few days old, but where I've only just seen it, I'd still like to post something on it.

TIME Magazine has compiled a list of the Top 10 Evil Sorcerers, which includes other villains such as the Wicked Witch of the West, Voldemort (who ranks in at number 5), and the Emperor from Star Wars.

From TIME:

Those who know J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth purely through The Lord of the Rings movies could be fooled into thinking that its main evil sorcerer is Saruman the White, the once pre-eminent mage who hatches an unnatural, beastly army to crush the world of men. But Sauron, that all-seeing fiery Eye, the titular Lord of the Rings, is the one who first bends Saruman's will and who, purely by being what he is, frames Tolkien's whole moral universe. Sauron, as Tolkien notes, was not always evil: he was once of the same stock as the heroic wizard Gandalf. But he lapses, gripped with that tell-tale thirst for power. The rings of power he forges to rein the peoples of Middle Earth under his sway are parables of mankind's frailty, venality and mortality. Sauron's malice may have all sorts of awesome external effects — ghoulish ringwraiths, clouds of ash, skies of dark-winged ravens — but the true extent of his evil lies in the heart of every man.

You can view the complete list of evil sorcerers here.

'Hobbit' Filming in the UK Today?

Earlier this morning, artist/illusionist Derren Brown posted the following on his Twitter account:

@DerrenBrown Off to watch some Ian Holm and Christopher Lee being filmed for The Hobbit. HOW EXCITING!

While no official word has been released confirming or denying this report, there has been talk of Elijah Wood heading to the UK to shoot a few scenes, along with Sir Christopher Lee's desire to be in 'The Hobbit' without having to go all the way to New Zealand.

Hopefully we'll hear more on this update soon!

15 July 2011

More Dwarves: Balin and Dwalin

TIME Magazine has released the next 'Hobbit' photo, this time of the Dwarf brothers Balin (Ken Stott) and Dwalin (Graham McTavish).

More on Patrick Spadaccino's 'Hobbit' Campaign

If you missed my post on Patrick Spadaccino last week, I'd like to once again bring your attention to his campaign to be in Peter Jackson's 'Hobbit' films.

For those of you who may not have heard of Patrick Spadaccino yet, he is an author and web designer from Connecticut whose dream is to make a cameo appearance in Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's famous novel. On his website, I Wanna be in the Hobbit Movies, Patrick shares with us photos as well as his audition videos, which depict him in Orc make-up and reciting lines from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

This past Tuesday, Patrick's story was featured on Fox CT News. You can check out the video here. (And while you're at it, check out The Middletown Press's July 5th story on him and his campaign).

For even more information on Patrick Spadaccino, you can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and view his videos on Youtube.

14 July 2011

Bombur, Bofur and Bifur Revealed

Another photo from 'The Hobbit' was released earlier today.

The photo shows, from left to right, Stephen Hunter as Bombur, James Nesbitt as Bofur and William Kircher as Bifur.

Miramar Park Bans 'Hobbit' Photos

Photo Credit: Tennessee Mansford

Anyone caught using cameras on Wexford Hill, Wellington Airport-owned property overlooking the Stone St. studios where Peter Jackson's 'Hobbit' films are being made, could risk deletion of their photos and face trespassing charges as well.

Six hard to miss notices - signed by Recon security, a company which works for the 'Hobbit' films' production company, 3Foot7 - have been put in place warning the public that while they may use the land for "usual recreation purposes," they are not permitted to take any photos of the property or people at the Stone St. studios.

Melissa Booth, the publicist for 'The Hobbit' films, said that everyone from the studio is currently on a two month break. A spokesman for the Recon company said that if its security officers find people taking pictures, they will be asked to delete the images and could potentially be issued a trespass notice.

Matt Clarke, chief commercial officer for the Wellington International Airport, acknowledges that the security company has a right to restrict people taking photos because "the land is privately owned and use is able to be restricted."

The airport has issued a license agreement protecting 3Foot7's copyrighted property from being infringed upon by people taking photographs or digital recordings of the site. The license is a practical arrangement, "not a commercial one," Clarke said. Ursula Cheer, associate professor of law at Canterbury University, stated that without actually seeing the license, it is difficult to determine its exact legal status.

"The production company through its agent, the security firm, is like the owner and can put up signs stating the conditions of coming on to the property," she said. "This means the notice looks quite effective."

"It does look as if the company is trying to avoid legal action, however, by confiscating and destroying the films, etc." 

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is slated for release on December 14th, 2012. Part 2 of the film adaptation, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, will debut the following year on December 13th, 2013.

13 July 2011

Seven of the Thirteen Dwarves Revealed

Jed Brophy, who will play the Dwarf Nori in Peter Jackson's two-part film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, released this photograph on his Facebook page of the seven revealed Dwarves from the film:

They are, from left to right: Nori (Jed Brophy), Ori (Adam Brown), Dori (Mark Hadlow), Oin (John Callen), Gloin (Peter Hambleton), Fili (Dean O'Gorman), and Kili (Aidan Turner).

While I was on the fence about Fili and Kili (more so Kili) earlier today, seeing all of the Dwarves lined up together puts it into a much better perspective. I cannot wait to see the remaining Dwarves!

12 July 2011

About My Tattoo

My boyfriend and I took a lovely day trip to experience some of nature's breathtakingly beautiful sights yesterday, and he, being fascinated by my tattoo every time it shows itself, decided to take several pictures of it, with the intention of me posting some of them to my blog for everyone to see ("It's very Lord of the Rings!" he said of capturing my tattoo with some Middle-earthy sights in the background).

So I agreed. But then, of course, I didn't know what I was going to say about my tattoo. I wasn't going to just post a photo and leave it at that.

As I was going through photos, trying to decide which one(s) to use, I thought that perhaps the best thing would be to tell the story behind my tattoo. You know, the stuff everyone cares about...Although, in my case, I am rarely asked why I got my tattoo, or what it's supposed to signify. People seem to think, "She's got a horse tattooed on her shoulder blade. Cool; she must like horses."

Wrong and wrong. (Well, not wrong about it being a horse - you understand what I'm trying to get at.) I'll start by saying that I've been a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien (and all of his books) since I was about ten or eleven years old, and I've always been smitten with Rohan and its people. Upon seeing The Two Towers back in 2002, I was instantly drawn to the horse symbol which stood proudly on Rohan's flag. I have no great love of horses (which is not to say that I dislike them, either), but the horse represented a number of things.

First, it was something I would not mind permanently adding to my body. I'd thought about it, had this image in mind for over eight years before I actually went through with it. I knew there was zero chance of me ever getting sick of it, or of Tolkien and Middle-earth. It is a beautiful design, and at the time, fairly unique in the world of Tolkien-inspired tattoos. It looks sort of mythological, in a way: therefore, it also plays upon my love for mythological stores and ancient lore. Most importantly, it seemed to me to be one of those "you get it or you don't" kind of tattoos: hard core Tolkien fans would undoubtedly catch the reference, while people unfamiliar with either Tolkien or Peter Jackson's film adaptations would have absolutely no idea what it really was. To them, it's just a horse, and I'm just another silly girl with some sort of animal tattooed on her shoulder blade. 

My tattoo artist didn't even ask about it. He did his job, and that was that.

But now, when I'm among fellow geeks, all I have to do is whip out my tattoo, and people go crazy with excitement at the prospect of a chick being so geeky as to get the horse of Rohan tattooed on her shoulder blade. Some days I try to hide it, keep it all to myself. Some days I try to use it as a conversation starter. And some days, I feel like my boyfriend takes more pride in it than I do - like on days when he tugs and grabs at my clothing to get it out of the way of my tattoo, or like yesterday, when he decided he wanted to have a tattoo photoshoot. It's good to know at least one other person understands the importance of my tattoo.

Next Up: Fili and Kili

Now that we've already seen the first photos of Dori, Ori, Nori, Oin, and Gloin, the next Dwarves on our list are Fili and Kili, played by Dean O'Gorman and Aidan Turner, respectively. The photo by James Fisher, which debuted on Msn.com, reveals two Dwarves who are much thinner than the average Dwarf, and who have also been deemed "sexy" dwarves.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is slated for release on December 14th, 2012. Part 2 of the film adaptation, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, will debut the following year on December 13th, 2013.

10 July 2011

Peter Jackson Searches for New 'Hobbit' Locations

Sir Peter Jackson's Gulfstream jet at a Queenstown airport

'Hobbit' director Sir Peter Jackson and his production crew have recently been touring New Zealand's South Island, seeking out new locations to be transformed into Middle-earth.

'The Hobbit' is currently seeing a break from filming to allow cast and crew members some time to rest.

“Everywhere you turn, on people's backs was ‘200 days to go’," says Jackson, "and it was like, ‘oh god, I felt tired before lunch’, you know?

"I always just tell people I get exhausted at the end of the first couple of days and stay exhausted until it finishes.”

The break will also allow Jackson and his team more time to scout out new locations. As the second official production video, recently posted on his Facebook page, points out, Jackson and his team are now relying on helicopters to carry them across the New Zealand landscape.

“I think people think it's such a small country, and Lord of the Rings we saw so much of it that we must have seen everything,” says Jackson . “But believe me, we haven't. There's a huge amount of wonderful locations still to come.”

The production team is also planning to head for the Mackenzie Country, areas near Mount Cook and Queenstown, and, for the first time, Dunedin.

The cast and crew will be back to work on 'The Hobbit' films in early September, with the first of the two-part film adaptation being released in theaters in December of next year.

09 July 2011

Second 'Hobbit' Production Video Posted

Following the excitement of Warner Bros.' release of several photos of the dwarves (Nori, Ori, Dori, Oin, and Gloin), Peter Jackson has uploaded a second Hobbit production video on his Facebook page (the first was released several months ago).

The video, which is ten minutes in length, was taped upon completion of the first block of filming, and offers viewers a glimpse of some of the actors shooting their scenes, as well as Andy Serkis, who is directing parts of The Hobbit films, conversing with Peter Jackson about the pressure they face in directing the films.

"I always tell people I get exhausted at the end of the first couple of days and just stay exhausted until it finishes," Jackson tells Serkis, which is why he has broken filming, which is set to span 254 days, into three blocks. "I think it's a much better way to divide it into three blocks and have some time to look at what you've done... it's a much smarter way to shoot these big films."
The remainder of the video focuses on Peter Jackson and his team while they scout out potential locations for the films, as the second block of filming will include a great deal of on-location work. They have already chosen several areas in Mackenzie Country and Mt. Cook, and have also decided that they would like to film in Dunedin. In addition, they are looking for a suitable location south of Queenstown.

Some of the problems involved with scouting out the location involve the amount of space needed, in addition to the location being an appropriate place for filming.

"It's weird on locations because you're standing in the middle of a mountain or valley or some beautiful place and you're having to try to figure out where are you going to put the crew tents, where are people going to get changed and where are the portaloos going to go - because all of that stuff has to be where you're not going to want to point the camera," Jackson says.

"The last thing you want to find out in six months time is you're standing on this beautiful mountain and saying, 'Wow this is exactly the shot I want to do' and you've got 20 portaloos in front of the camera."

Cast and crew members are expected to return on September 5th to begin filming block two.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be in theaters on December 14, 2012, with The Hobbit: There and Back Again arriving on December 13, 2013.

08 July 2011

First Look at Óin and Gloin

Following yesterday's first look at the dwarves Nori, Ori, and Dori, more photos from Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey have been released. This time, we get to see the brothers Óin (John Callen) and Gloin (Peter Hambleton), who is Gimli's father.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be in theaters on December 14, 2012, with The Hobbit: There and Back Again arriving on December 13, 2013.

War In the North: Pre-order and Collector's Edition Announced

For those of you itching to get your hands on Lord of the Rings: War in the North when it comes out this fall, you may want to consider either pre-ordering your game, or purchasing the collector's edition.

The collector's edition includes the full game, a Ranger of the North quiver case, a War in the North art book containing concept art and other drawings, and three songs from the game's soundtrack. Players who buy the xBox 360 version will get a Ranger of the North avatar, while those who purchase the PSN version will receive a War of the North theme pack.

Pre-ordering the game on Amazon will allow you early access to part two of the digital comic. Those who pre-order through Best Buy will receive the Elf Theme Pack, which includes an elven sword, armour and helmet, and access to the Lothlórien challenge map. Pre-order through GameStop to receive the Human Theme Pack, which offers human weapons and armour, and access to the Osgiliath challenge map. Those who buy through Target will get three songs from the soundtrack, Toys R Us buyers will receive a limited edition signed War in the North poster by Jim Lee, and finally, Wal Mart buyers will receive the Dwarf Theme Pack, which includes Dwarf armour, a helmet, and sword.

The Lord of the Rings: War in the North Collector's Edition will retail for about $129.99, while the standard version will cost about $59.99 when it hits stores this fall.

07 July 2011

Patrick Spadaccino Wants to be in 'The Hobbit'

Connecticut author and website designer Patrick Spadaccino would love a role (big or small) in Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. On his website, Patrick offers videos describing his love for Tolkien, why he wants to be in the film(s), and he's even included audition videos in which he dons Orc make-up and recites lines from both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

While he knows the chances of Peter Jackson finding him and offering him a role in the film(s) are slim, he is not at all discouraged. I'd love to help out someone who's so devoted to his cause. So go check out his website, spread the word, and help make Patrick's dream come true!

You can also follow him on Facebook and Twitter, and check out more videos on YouTube!

First Look at Nori, Ori, and Dori

Following the first official photos of Gandalf and Bilbo Baggins from the upcoming "Hobbit" films, Warner Brothers has released the first photo of the dwarf brothers Nori, Ori, and Dori, played by Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, and Mark Hadlow.

"These three brothers, all sons of the same mother, could not be more different from each other," Warner Bros. said in the bio accompanying the photo.

"Dori, the oldest, spends much of his time watching out for Ori, the youngest; making sure he's not caught a chill or got himself killed by Wargs or Goblins.

Nobody quite knows what Nori gets up to most of the time, except that it's guaranteed to be dodgy and quite probably, illegal.

Dori, Nori and Ori are intensely loyal to each other - and whilst they are perfectly happy fighting amongst themselves, woe-betide anyone who means harm to one of these brothers."

04 July 2011

Richard Armitage on 'The Hobbit'

Richard Armitage recently spoke with Total Film regarding his role in the upcoming 'Hobbit' films by Peter Jackson.

Armitage, who will play the dwarf Thorin Oakenshield, adds that 'The Hobbit' will be different from the style of 'The Lord of the Rings.'

“There’s going to be quite a lot more humour. The book is so focused on the dwarves, so I think it’s a chance for Peter [Jackson] and Fran [Walsh] to really look at that whole race in more detail, their heritage and what they’re like as characters.”

Of wielding Thorin's legendary goblin sword, Orcrist, Armitage adds: “It’s bloody heavy! But it’s absolutely beautiful to look at. Every time they bring something new out everyone gasps. The armour that the dwarves emerge from the mountain wearing at the end of the film will be the armour of all armour.”

Armitage also reveals that he is a huge Tolkien fan, and feels quite comfortable filming in New Zealand.

“There was a scene in The Lord Of The Rings where they find the stone trolls, and they’re identical in The Hobbit," he says. "I love those moments, when you link into the world of the film that you’ve seen before.”