EmpireOnline.com — Morphing from a 117 year-old vampire in Being Human to one of the youngest dwarves in Thorin Oakenshield’s company gives Aidan Turner the chance to swap a craving for blood in Bristol for a quest for gold in the Misty Mountains. He’s also got a brother, Fili, to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with on the journey. “We’re like William and Harry”, jokes the Irishman, “with Kili as Harry. He’s a bit more of a rebel…”
Tell us about Kili…
Well, there’s not an awful lot to go on in the book, so you have to decide how you’re going to play him with – knock things around. Kili is a bit reckless. He’s maybe a bit too cool sometimes. But he’s super-psyched about going on this huge journey as he’s never been to war, he’s only heard stories from Thorin. The relationship between him and his brother Fili is almost like Prince William and Harry.
Which royal are you? I’m the younger one, so I’d be the Harry. He’s a bit more of the rebel, but he doesn’t want to let anyone down. He’s not as loyal maybe as Fili, but he’s still part of the troop and he’s committed and wants ultimately to reclaim Moria again. They’re all super loyal, it’s one of the traits of the dwarves.
Ever think you would play a dwarf? Not really, no, but the story about being cast is kind of boring. My agent sent an audition tape to Peter and six months later I met him in London with Fran (Walsh). When I heard the news, I was shooting a vampire thing for the BBC (Being Human) and that stoked me and I flew here!
How was dwarf boot camp? A lot of going to the gym; a lot of movement classes. Dwarves are just weighed down by everything. They’re not sluggish, they just have this work-horse mentality. When they get going they’re unstoppable. With Kili it’s slightly different, because his reactions are slightly quicker than some of the others, and I’m always the first to hear stuff and see stuff. He’s one of the young lookouts.
How are you finding working in a Middle-earth? There’s more green screen than The Lord Of The Rings… I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to do it, but it’s really not difficult. Peter tells us very briefly what is going on, you look down and see this green screen and suddenly it doesn’t feel like a green screen anymore. It’s bizarre, once the cameras turn on and you know that people are going to watch your reactions, you somehow feel it, and you don’t have to mug. It’s actually strangely normal.