Aidan Turner and Dean O’Gorman Talk THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, Filming the Action Sequences, Deleted Scenes, and More

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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.

the hobbit martin freeman aidan turner dean ogormanAdrian Turner and Dean O’Gorman:

  • 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.


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  • Red Eye

    Where’s the damn review already?

    • The Flobbit

      I’m torn between wanting one and knowing that I will hate whatever comes out of Goldberg’s damn mouth so….

  • The Flobbit

    Good, I really miss long extended editions…

  • Janine

    Saw an early screening. Let’s just say I’m glad I didn’t shell out a single penny to have to endure it.

    • The Flobbit

      There are two types of people in this world. You’re in the type that’s wrong and no one likes.

      • Janine

        Thank you for telling me that I’m wrong. I suppose film isn’t subjective and not at all open to differing opinions. I’m glad I saw it. It is simply not at all on the level of greatness of any of the Lord of the Rings trilogy in terms of quality.

        I mean come on. Return of the King, like many others out there, is my favorite film of all time. I just can’t fathom what has happened to Jackson and company to put out films of these quality.

        And don’t call me a “hater”. I’m a die hard Tolkein fan. But to mindlessly eat up WHATEVER they adapt HOWEVER they adapt it with no regard to sensical storytelling structure is blind faith at the hands of the filmmakers.

        I’m still going to see There and Back Again with the hope that that original Tolkein/Peter Jackson magic is somehow been waiting until the final installment of this trilogy.

      • hater

        you are a “hater”.

  • The Flobbit

    What charming devils. A pity they die brutal deaths.

    MWAHAHAHA Spoiled it for you.

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