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City of Bones Role: Luke Garroway Release: 23 August 2013 Official Site · Photos · IMDb
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Empire recently sat down with Aidan Turner to chat about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Although he talks about some things he’s previously touched upon (including dwarf bootcamp), he does get into some details on adapting to a green screen as an actor and how to be “on” at all times even with such a large ensemble cast. Check out an excerpt below before heading to the source for more; it’s also been added to the press archive.
What has Peter been like to work with?
He just laughs a lot and has a good time, you know? And if you hear a little laugh in the tent when you’ve tried something, it’s usually going to stay in the movie. He’s the most generous director that ‘’ve ever worked with; he gives so much to the actors and it’s liberating.
He seems to be upping the comedy this time.
Absolutely, why wouldn’t you: Martin Freeman is absolutely hilarious. Will there be fart and snot gags? Plenty, probably.
Do you think small?
We don’t feel small, and that’s the mission statement for the dwarves. They are small, but they don’t feel it. They’re only four-foot-something, but pack a serious punch. But when they hold up a tennis ball about two metres high for Gandalf’s head, you’re just of, “Holy mother of God…”
Here’s a nice, long interview featuring Aidan Turner talking to Click TV about all things Hobbit. It’s a little hard to summarize what he talks about since there’s so much said, but he touches a lot on his history with Tolkien and filming the movies in general. At one point, he mentions that archery was part of his dwarf bootcamp and that Orlando Bloom “kicked his ass” with that particular skill set. He also says that it wasn’t uncommon to get lost in The Hobbit sets, considering how rich and magnificently constructed they were.
The Irish Film & Television Network recently sat down to have a chat with The Hobbit star, Aidan Turner. He talks a bit about acting within the supernatural/fantasy genre (as it does seem like something he keeps returning to), having his face in a Denny’s menu, filming against a Ian McKellen versus a tennis ball, and what fans can expect with regards to Kili in the second film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Check out an excerpt below before heading to the source for more; it’s also been added to the press archive.
Aidan, your previous roles have been in period dramas or fantasy series, much like The Hobbit. Is fantasy a genre you feel comfortable in?
It’s supernatural playing a vampire and stuff, I think [The Hobbit] is quite different than a lot of the stuff I’ve done. I don’t think I’ve ever been entirely immersed in a completely different world before – different times, certainly – but a different world not so much, and it was new in that sense obviously with the Lord of the Rings movies I was quite aware of what Middle-earth was and what it was about, so it was a proper thrill.
So you were a fan of The Hobbit and JRR Tolkien’s books before the film?
I was a fan. It’s hard to say you’re a fan when you’re out talking about Tolkien because the fans are fans and are so loyal and so committed, and you suddenly say you’re a fan and you get all these crazy questions and they realise quickly that you’re not a fan; you’re not one of them, you don’t have little elf ears that you stick on at nighttime. I was into the movies like a lot of people.
Are you prepared for that level of fandom now?
It’s weird, we were just talking about Lego figures; Lego figures have just come out and we were given one of them. I think I’m on a hot chocolate in Germany, you know you’ve made it when there’s a menu in Denny’s that has your picture on it.
On December 9th, Aidan Turner attended the Dublin premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. He was joined by his girlfriend, actress Sarah Greene. Darren Kennedy – an Irish television personality – was also in attendance at the event. There doesn’t yet appear to be much footage from the premiere, but hopefully we can expect more soon. In the meantime, enjoy the images!
What do you do when you have to interview eleven dwarves trying to promote The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at the same time? You have a rapid-fire question session! In this video with VH1, Graham McTavish (Dwalin), Dean O’Gorman (Fili), Aidan Turner (Kili), Mark Hadlow (Dori), Jed Brophy (Nori), Adam Brown (Ori), John Callen (Oin), Peter Hambleton (Gloin), William Kircher (Bifur), James Nesbitt (Bofur), and Stephen Hunter (Bombur) were all given a single question to answer on the panel. Aidan Turner was asked about Andy Serkis’ famous Gollum voice, and he even gives his own impression (with support from his friends).
Edit: Didn’t realize this was U.S.-exclusive. Head over to YouTube if you can’t view the above video!
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.