With director Peter Jackson’s second film in his The Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, opening this weekend, I recently got to speak with Aidan Turner (Kili) and Dean O’Gorman (Fili). The film continues the adventures of Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and the band of dwarves as they move forward on their quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, all the while Gandalf (Ian McKellen) investigates a disturbing presence that may be returning to Middle Earth. Smaug introduces a host of new characters like Bard (Luke Evans), the Master of Lake-town (Stephen Fry), and the elves Thranduil (Lee Pace) and Tauriel (Evangeline Lily), but the film also sees the return of Lord of the Rings favorite Legolas (Orlando Bloom). Moreover, Benedict Cumberbatch brings the dragon Smaug to life and he delivers a great performance. As I said when I posted the clips and behind-the-scenes footage, the film is almost non-stop action and I think the people that had issues with first film are going to love this one. In addition, the film features some unbelievable set pieces, with one sequence causing my theater to erupt in applause when it ended.
During the interview, Turner and O’Gorman talked about when they first realized The Hobbit would be three films, the action sequences, the practical sets, deleted scenes, the proper way to pronounce Smaug, filming additional photography earlier this year, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
- How do you pronounce Smaug ?
- 1:05 – When they realized that there would be more than two Hobbit movies.
- 2:50 – Desolation of Smaug ends on a surprising cliffhanger.
- 4:00 – The movie is apparently nonstop action.
- 5:30 – Talk about how they shot the barrel scene on a confined set.
- 8:20 – Say the sets are huge and amazing with less green screen than you’d imagine.
- 10:00 – There are plenty of deleted scenes to make an extended cut. “Days of footage.”
- 11:50 – The return to shoot additional photography earlier this year was a nice social experience.
- 13:20 – They think they are done filming on The Hobbit but you never know with the third film coming out in 2014.