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Hobbit, The: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
Friday, December 14, 2012
Extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images
Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage
Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro
"The Hobbit" follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild.
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"Well, he's 540 years in this version, not 600, so he's much hotter, and he'll have a huge fan base among the teenage girls." That comment got quite the laugh from the gathered press, by the way. "What was great about Gollum the first time around was obviously when we were working on Lord of the Ring there was no modus operandi in terms of the performance capture side of things. So that was an ongoing, sort of sidetrack alongside the development of the character. With what we established on Lord of the Rings, and actually sort of returning to the character twelve years later, that wasn't an issue because we were just able to play our scene out and performance capture happened at the same time rather than when Elijah and I were working together, we'd act the scenes together but then I'd have to go and repeat the scenes afterwards on a motion capture stage. But now, the technology is in the room, on set at the same time so we played our scene out, it was the first thing to be shot on the movie [the scene with Bilbo and Gollum], as an entire, chamber theater piece which lasted about twelve minutes, and Pete really wanted to do that so we could really investigate that scene and allow Martin to experiment with the character."
"The only weird thing about getting back into Gollum was that he is, you know, we've all discussed this, Ian and I have discussed this, coming back to play our character. These characters have been absorbed into public consciousness to such a high degree, there really was a sense of am I doing an impersonation of a character I played twelve years ago? So that was the only, sort of, weird thing was, you know, I feel like Gollum, I'm moving like Gollum, I'm sounding like Gollum, but boy, I've heard so many impersonations, you know, is it really my version? But very, very quickly, obviously engaging with Martin and getting to play that scene out was so thrilling and what helped Martin develop Bilbo."
Of course, there was one other obvious question to ask about Serkis playing Gollum, and I'm glad that it was asked: How many times a day do people say my precious to you? "About 432. It's some... yeah, an amount."
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