The fact that the two leads in Sherlock are now to appear in The Hobbit, another cult favourite, has sent the fantasists haywire. “It’s already started,” Freeman says, unfurling the fatigued, world’s-gone-mad look that he has practically trademarked. “There are cartoons where Smaug has Sherlock’s blue scarf and hair. And Bilbo’s got a woolly jumper like John wears, and they’re snuggling up on a rug. I think it’s tongue in cheek — which saves it from being really scary. It’s people doing it knowing they’ve got too much time on their hands.”
Earlier this week, Hero Complex sat down with director Guillermo del Toro to talk about his recent involvement with DreamWorks and his reaction to “The Hobbit” trailer.
Del Toro, who worked on “Kung Fu Panda 2” and “Puss in Boots” talked about breaking traditional barriers in film. “As you know I’m a big believer in transmedia,” he said. “This sort of permeable membrane between digital and animated filmmaking and live-action filmmaking needs to become this blurry for miracles to occur in genre films – I’m talking about big, audience-oriented films.”
Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” films certainly helped to blur the line between animation and live-action, particularly with the motion-capture performance of Andy Serkis as Gollum. And though del Toro was once slated to direct “The Hobbit” films, he had no mixed feelings when he saw Jackson’s first trailer.
“I’m very happy the movie is in the right hands and I’m very happy to see — I’m actually elated to see images. I think it’s great to see the trailer.” He goes on to mention, “Think about it, I’m so fully immersed now in ‘Pacific Rim.’ I’m 47 and I never in my life have had as good an experience making a movie as ‘Pacific Rim’ has been. It’s been a joy every morning from every point of view and I cannot tell you how much I’m enjoying it because I have nothing to compare it to.”
“He was known to begin classes by barging into the lecture hall, sometimes in era-appropriate chain mail armor, and bellowing the opening lines of Beowulf at the top of his lungs. As one of his students put it, “He could turn a lecture room into a mead hall.””—10 Things you should know about Tolkien (via fuckyeahvalhalla)
“You don’t really suppose, do you, that all your adventures and escapes were managed by mere luck, just for your sole benefit? You are a very fine person, Mr. Baggins, and I am very fond of you; but you are only quite a little fellow in a wide world after all!”—The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien (via aleyhay)
Speaking of small and little, I’d be remiss not to bring up The Hobbit. You’re playing a new character named Tauriel, who’s a Mirkwood elf, and that would lead me to believe that she is a warrior of some kind. Did you have to learn archery and swordplay? Yes, she is a warrior. She’s actually the head of the Elven guard. She’s the big shot in the army. So she knows how to wield any weapon, but the primary weapons that she uses are a bow and arrow and two daggers. And she’s lethal and deadly. You definitely wouldn’t want to be caught in a dark alley next to Tauriel.
So then Tauriel must be involved with the dwarves being captured… I think basically what you’re asking is if she’s in the film very much. She’s not in the first film very much. She comes into the first film near the end, and has a very small part to play. Her role in the second film is much more involved. Although, I have to say, when I first read the scripts and took the job, she had a lot less going on in the second film. I think the role is becoming a bit more demanding than I had expected it to be. There’s a lot more for me to do now, which is a lot of fun, but it’s a little more pressure.
Does she play a large part in the Battle of Five Armies? Oh, I don’t know. We haven’t shot that yet. I still have to go back for five more months of filming.
How many months have you been there already? On and off for the past six months. It’s a two-year shoot in total for both films, and my contract had me blocked off for about a year. I come in and out of New Zealand throughout that year.
How has the experience of shooting in New Zealand compared to the multiple years you spent in Hawaii on Lost? In some ways, it feels really familiar. I’m from Canada, and New Zealand feels like you took all the best bits of Canada and squished them onto a tiny island like Hawaii. I was absolutely blown away by the beauty of the South Island. I seem to be landing really great locations on a lot of my work. I hope that continues, knock on wood.
Andy Serkis and “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” fans were likely disappointed this morning when the actor did not show up in Best Supporting Actor nominees for this year’s Academy Awards. A performance capture Oscar nod is likely going to take some time.
In a recent interview with The LA times Serkis had this to say about the increased recognition for his work:
“There’s a real growing appreciation for performance-capture technology as a tool for acting. Over the years, people have asked me, “Do you think there should be a separate category for acting in the digital realm? Or hybrid sort of awards for digital characters?” and so on. And I’ve always really maintained that I don’t believe so. I think it should be considered acting, because it is. My part in it, what I do, as say the authorship of the role, the creation, the emotional content of the role, the physicality up until the point of delivering that for the director, it is acting. Getting that nomination for the Critics’ Choice is a significant leap, really, in understanding.”
As to his reprisal of the role that brought him to the worlds attention, Gollum, Serkis found that it took him a moment to step back into his skin, but once he did, it was deeply gratifying.
“Gollum’s never really gone too far away from me because he’s indelibly kind of printed into my DNA now, I think. I’ll tell you what was weird is going back and playing a character that has been so sort of absorbed into public consciousness that you almost don’t feel like you own it anymore. And to sort of gather it back — I mean, I did feel, I think, probably in the first couple of days going back into it that I was sort of doing a weird impersonation of him rather than being him because there have been so many spoofs and people’s impersonations and so on, and some people’s impersonations are really great. And I’m kind of thinking, “Oh gosh, that’s how to do it, yeah.” And you know, then you get back into it. … Meaningfully getting back into it was really exciting.”
Perhaps this is the one that will finally get him an Oscar nomination.
Arrow!” said the bowman. “Black arrow! I have saved you to the last. You have never failed me and always I have recovered you. I had you from my father and he from of old. If ever you came from the forges of the true king under the Mountain, go now and speed well.”
The dragon swooped once more lower than ever, and as he turned and dived down his belly glittered white with sparkling fires of gems in the moon - but not in one place. The great bow twanged. The black arrow sped straight from the string, straight for the hollow by the left breast where the foreleg was flung wide. In it smote and vanished, barb, shaft and feather, so fierce was its flight. With a shriek that deafened men, felled trees and split stone, Smaug shot spouting into the air, turned over and crashed from on high in ruin.
Full on the town he fell. His last throes splintered it to sparks and gledes. The lake roared in. A vast steam leaped up, white in the sudden dark under the moon. There was a hiss, a gushing whirl, and then silence.
The first trailer for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” made it quite clear that Middle-earth hasn’t changed much in the years since Peter Jackson concluded his “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. That’s not a complaint, mind you — fans have come to know and love Jackson’s interpretation of the J. R. R. Tolkien fantasy epic with the same passion they have for the source material. When it comes to “The Hobbit,” in other words, change is not necessarily welcome.
Speaking with MTV News at the Sundance Film Festival, Jackson explained that it was always his intention to keep “The Hobbit” tonally and visually consistent with the “Lord of the Rings” films.
"We wanted it to be a part of the five-film series," he explained. "Fortunately, Tolkien wrote a lot of extra material in the appendices of ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ where he himself kind of tied the two stories together, 20 or 30 years after the publication of ‘The Hobbit.’ So we’ve been able to use some of that material."
But even though Jackson’s “Hobbit” isn’t “as much of a children’s story as the original book was,” he’s worked hard to make sure the films still “have some humor” to them. For example, Jackson promised that “some of the songs [from the novel] have made their way in there.” Fans can get their first taste of those tunes in the “Hobbit” trailer, when the dwarves gather in Bilbo Baggins’ humble abode to sing a somber song.
Finding that balance between staying true to the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy while allowing the “Hobbit” films to stand on their own has been an enjoyable challenge for Jackson, who is more than thrilled to once again be dabbling in dwarves and dragons.
"I’m enjoying the movie [as much as the fans], which is the thing that I’m really excited about," he said. "I love going to work every day. I love shooting it. In February, we start another 100 days of shooting, so by about July, we’re done. We will have shot both movies by that stage."
The journey continues for 2012 and we are once again seeking EXTRAS
• Currently live in Wellington area • 17 years & over • Able to work in NZ • Have flexible availability
We are looking for MEN & WOMEN for a VARIETY of characters
• MEN – under 5’4” (163cm) • WOMEN – under 5” (155cm) • BIG MEN – with character faces – 5’9 and over (175cm+) • MEN with LARGE biceps any height. • WOMEN with character faces • MEN & WOMEN – ELVES slim, athletic, 5’5” – 6’4” (165 – 203cm)
We will be holding the Casting Call SATURDAY 28th JANUARY from 1pm – 4pm THE BELMONT HALL – HUTT CITY(next to The Belmont Primary School, 709 Western Hutt Road)
Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work permit.