Earlier this evening, December 6th, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey held its first stateside premiere — in New York. At the Ziegfeld Theatre, numerous cast and crew from the impressively-sized ensemble showed up, including Aidan Turner. Others in attendance included Elijah Wood (Frodo), Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Liv Tyler (Arwen), Martin Freeman (Bilbo), Andy Serkis (Gollum), Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield), Dean O’Gorman (Fili), Adam Brown (Ori), Lee Pace (Thranduil), Archie Panjabi, Terry O’Quinn, Patrick Stewart, and director Peter Jackson.
In this interview with “Entertainment Tonight,” several of the dwarves from The Hobbit trilogy talk about some on set antics. They reveal there is a “naked dwarf calendar,” which the group secretly arranged as a birthday present for Peter Jackson on set. Also, instead of getting tattoos like The Lord of the Rings cast, the dwarves – plus Martin Freeman (Bilbo) and Ian McKellan (Gandalf) – commissioned rings to symbolize their journey while making the film. Near the end, Aidan Turner turns up to discuss singing in the film and his skills (or lack thereof).
There’s an interview over at Flicks And Bits which combines several different chats with Hobbit actors, including Dean O’Gorman, James Nesbitt, and Aidan Turner. Aidan answers two of the questions listed; however, the second can be seen in a previously released video. Find out what he had to say about the dwarves and their destiny/motivation below:
Fili and Kili get a rude awakening when they arrive at Bag End and see the company they’ll be travelling with, on this great quest for their people?
Aidan Turner: Yeah. They thought they were going to step into a dream team here, and suddenly, they look across the table and see this rogue’s gallery [laughs]. There’s a guy with an axe stuck in his head, some heavy drinkers, some pensioners, a thief who’d rob from his own mother, and a Hobbit [laughs]. But Fili and Kili find it fun and very easy to take the mick out of Bilbo, even in this room of complete misfits!
To a certain degree it’s their untold destiny to travel to the Lonely Mountain and to reclaim their lost treasure and their lost gold, and possibly their homestead. I guess, a lot of it is for pride, I think – and also the fact that material goods are something that the dwarves are almost semi-obsessed with [laughs]. But it’s just something they need to do, and a lot of these songs and accounts of their people, their ancestors, they’ve been brought up with all of these stories of battles lost and won. And now, I guess it’s this portentous thing, where it’s in the air that they need to do this, they need to get it back.
Here’s a short, new interview with Aidan Turner, in which he talks about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey — and, specifically, enters into the perspective of the dwarves. In the second half, he comments on Gandalf – calling him “a funny one” – and whether or not dwarves like his character, Kili, ever fully trust the wizard.
On November 28th, Aidan Turner attended the New Zealand – and World – premiere of his upcoming film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. He traveled “the world’s longest red carpet” with co-star Dean O’Gorman at his side, answering questions and greeting fans along the way. A couple of interviews from the afternoon can be viewed below. Hopefully more pictures will show up, but you can view what’s available in the gallery now.
In New Zealand earlier today, November 28th, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey held a press conference for various cast and crew. Aidan Turner was at the event, along with Cate Blanchett and James Nesbitt (sitting at either side), Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Barry Humphries, and director Peter Jackson. A few images have been added to the gallery, but hopefully more will become available soon. I’ll also be on the lookout for some video coverage of the conference; if you run across any, please let me know!
I’ve added several previously missing images from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to the gallery. You can now find two behind the scenes photos (one was released today, so it’s new), a promotional shot featuring Aidan Turner alongside Dean O’Gorman and Richard Armitage, and two film stills with Aidan’s Kili in the background (but nonetheless might be of interest). Enjoy!
Click the above image to reach a pretty long video (11:09) about Air New Zealand carrying The Hobbit cast, crew, and friends to Auckland for the world premiere of An Unexpected Journey. Aidan Turner and Dean O’Gorman (who plays Fili, Kili’s brother) are interviewed together while on the flight, in which they show off their tight camaraderie — and joke about the appeal of dwarves. They come and go throughout the video, but the rest of it is pretty engaging as well, especially the brief chat with Tolkien’s great-grandson, Royd Tolkien.
Click on the image above to watch a short video with Aidan Turner and Dean O’Gorman – Kili and Fili in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, respectively – as they fly on board Air New Zealand to Auckland. A lot of what they say in it is summed up in the accompanying article, which you can read an excerpt of below; however, I figure people would probably rather see Aidan. (There’s also a look at other who were on board the flight, including Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, and Richard Armitage.)
Media who joined the stars as they boarded in Auckland had the chance for a last quiet chat before the premiere-madness went under way. “It’s all a bit crazy. This is a bit bit weird,” Aidan Turner, who plays Kili, said about staging a media call on a plane.
“My ears are popping and I keep looking out the window and realising we are on a plane,” said New Zealand actor Dean O’Gorman, who stars as Fili, Turner’s brother.
The flight’s special guests were joined by cabin crew decked out in Hobbit habits: leather arm-pieces for the men and silver crowns for the women. And if they got bored, they could always watch Lord of the Rings on the in-flight entertainment.
But the cast had bigger things on their minds, as they contemplated watching the film they spent a year and a half filming for the very first time. “We get a cast viewing today in case we hate it,” said Turner. “Then it would be jumping on a plane back to Dublin quickly.”
You can watch another video here, in which Aidan expresses enthusiasm over reuniting with his Hobbit co-stars during the upcoming premiere. He and Dean show up at the 1:23 mark.
German sci-fi & fantasy magazine, Nautilus, recently interviewed Aidan Turner about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. He talks a bit about his character, Kili, including how he relates to the character. There’s also some information on the casting process and preparing for the role. The article is courtesy of Heirs of Durin, specifically ArchedCory who translated the text. Check out an excerpt below before heading to the source for more; it’s also been added to the press archive. (Beware: there is a spoiler for the final film.)
What does it feel like when you play a dwarf and deal with objects and backgrounds, which are scaled differently?
Aren’t we all somehow dwarves, some bigger, the other smaller? [laughs] No, most of the work was really done by the camera people with different perspectives. You get used to the rest pretty quickly.
How great was the influence of John Rhys Davis’ portrayal of Gimli in The Lord of the Rings?
Wow, nobody has asked me that yet. I think Gloin had the most trouble because he plays Gimli’s father. But John’s performance was a benchmark for all of us. Each of the dwarves is a unique figure and not intended to act as a second Gimli. But as an actor, you look very closely and the question is always: Why did he do that? What does he say about the character? What would work for my figure what not? And still above all hovers a very different pressure. As a big fan of Tolkien, John will look very carefully at our movies. I hope he will find us convincing as his predecessor figures and generation.
Can you describe your Kili?
I could immediately identify with him and I think he is a good role model. Kili is brave, loyal, curious, open-minded, and believes in friendship.
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