Irish actor James Nesbitt says his character in The Hobbit movies is the "George Clooney of dwarfs".
Nesbitt is back in the UK to film a new series of Monroe after spending 18 months in New Zealand with his family while filming with Peter Jackson.
"New Zealand is a place where you can get well. There's not very much to do there apart from eat well and drink very nice wine!" he told ITV1's breakfast show Daybreak.
"I was there for about 38 years actually," he joked. "No, I went in January of last year - the day before my birthday - and we were there for 18 months. I came back in January to do another series of Monroe, Peter Jackson had given me the time off.
"[My family] had a fantastic time and it was great. The girls, my daughters, when we first told them they were genuinely heartbroken at the idea of leaving, it was horrible."
"But once we were there we had a great time and it was beautiful for them to experience a new culture (...) and also the schooling is much more relaxed than it is here. It reminded me much of my childhood," he said.
Nesbitt is playing the dwarf Bofur and told the show "I'm sort of the thinking woman's dwarf, the George Clooney of dwarves," and added that the character is "considered to be the optimistic one who always sees the goodness in most people".
Nesbitt is set to return to our shores for more filming in 2013.
On Jackson's much discussed decision to split The Hobbit into three film, he said: "I think when Peter began to cut it, he thought, 'There's more in this than [we] thought'."
The film's first issue, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro, is due for release December 14.
Wellington will roll out the red carpet once again, for An Unexpected Journey, for the world premiere on November 28.
The second film - The Desolation of Smaug - opens on December 13, 2013 and the newly-announced third film There and Back Again will debut on July 18, 201.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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