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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Aidan Turner is on his way to the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey! Air New Zealand’s Hobbit 777-300ER plane picked him up from London’s Heathrow Airport yesterday, November 25th, to whisk him away to Auckland. He was joined by Graham McTavish (Dwalin) and Royd Tolkien, great-grandson of JRR Tolkien. There will be a few live streams of the Hobbit premiere, if you’re interested in tuning in. Check out the information below, courtesy of Middle-earth Network:
Meanwhile TVNZ has announced it’s live streaming the premiere from 3.50pm-7pm (NZ time); as a ONE News special, the Hobbit Facebook page is streaming it on Tuesday 27th at 6:50pm PT, 9:50pm ET. You can find out about other live streams here.
NZ Herald gives the timetable of events as:
3:50pm: Show Opening / Welcome
4:00pm: Neil Finn Performance
4:30pm: Talent arrivals, red carpet interviews, and crowd interaction
6:30pm: Official Speeches
7:00pm: End of Show
Check out our first look at The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones above — the first teaser trailer has been released! It’s actually respectfully long for a so-called teaser, giving fans an in-depth look into the world created by Cassandra Clare. Unfortunately, not much of Aidan Turner in the video, but you can at least see a glimpse of him as Luke Garroway (at 1:27). In case you missed it, there’s also a new poster for the film.
A new film still from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has been released, featuring Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins), Dean O’Gorman (Fili), and our very own Aidan Turner (Kili). What are they peering at, I wonder?
Additionally, Denny’s is offering an exclusive video for guests of their chain. By scanning a special code, you’re given a behind the scenes featurette on the film, specifically highlighting the dwarves when they visit Bilbo’s home. For those unable to make it to a Denny’s, the Bag End set video is available here; however, you may want to watch it quickly since I’ve a feeling it’ll be taken down soon.
Fifteen new character posters from The Hobbit have been released, one for Fili, Kili, Oin, Gloin, Thorin Oakenshield, Dwalin, Balin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Dori, Nori, Ori, Bilbo, Gandalf, and Gollum. All the images have been added to the gallery as part of Hobbit promotional material. You can view Aidan Turner’s take on Kili above, then click on the poster for the rest.