Hobbit fever hits Hollywood

Last updated 05:00 04/12/2013

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

hobbit
GETTY
DOUBLE ACT: Benedict Cumberbatch and Peter Jackson attend the premiere of Warner Bros' "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

Related Links

Evangeline Lilly 'bullied' on Hobbit set

Relevant offers

Film

Man of many voices: Tom Hardy Stuff's weekend movie guide Review: Rise Review: Elsa & Fred Cameron: Avatar sequels are going to be 'bitchin'' Review: The Drop Review: Jake Gyllenhaal is the Nightcrawler Jurassic World trailer arrives in all its deadly hybrid-dinosaur glory Batman vs. Darth Vader. Any questions? Peter Jackson gets star in Hollywood

The latest instalment of The Hobbit movie series has had a star-studded unveiling in Hollywood.

The premiere of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was preceded by a "black carpet" event that was broadcast live on YouTube and hundreds of other websites.

Instead of a traditional red carpet, director Sir Peter Jackson strolled what turned out to be a black one at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles yesterday alongside stars Orlando Bloom, Martin Freeman, Evangeline Lilly and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Throngs of fans lined barricades around the theatre to cheer their arrival.

Jackson, who was accompanied by daughter Katie, said it felt great to think his films had turned another generation on to The Hobbit. "Whatever liberties people say we take with the books . . . if it makes people read Tolkien's original books then that's great as well," he said. "And obviously we're also inspiring young people to make movies as well."

When asked by a fan what qualities he looked for in his actors, he said he wanted to cast "really nice people".

"Because you've got to be down in New Zealand [and be] part of our family for 18 months, so we do try to cast people who can be there for the long haul and have the right spirit."

He had not changed his directorial style from his Lord of the Rings days, he said. "What's actually interesting is that we shot the movies in sequence so, I think, with the second movie you do get a sense of me finding my rhythm a little bit."

British actor Cumberbatch, who plays the dragon Smaug, said the role required about eight days of motion-capture and voiceover work. "It was long and it was hard work, but at the same time nothing like the amount of work other people put into this film."

The Desolation of Smaug is Jackson's second instalment of the planned trilogy based on The Hobbit. It will be released in New Zealand cinemas on December 12.

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content