Did you have to retrain much for this? Is it all like getting on an old bike, and it just comes back?
BLOOM: No, I did. I came in early and it was a pleasurable thing to do. It’s a really great character to be in the middle of. I got back in to some of the Elven movement things and the physicality of the character which is very different from– Ten years on your human body, how your human body behaves. And it was useful for me to go back and look at the Elven dialect and movement and to go back and do the archery and get my eye back in for all of those things. It was a really great enjoyable part of embracing the character again for this, so yeah.
BLOOM: To be honest we’ve got some formidable actors on this movie, all of whom have actually been here a lot longer than I have in truth. They were shooting the dwarves and all of those things, that world was shooting a lot longer, so they were all much more comfortable with being on set and stuff. There’s always that period before you ever go on to a movie where you just want to get one in the can, and once you got one in the can, then you’re like, “Okay, I’m good to go.” So I wouldn’t say that’s been the case, and it’s also very different.
I have almost the exact opposite of that question. Have you had any scenes with some of the original cast members from the original trilogy, for example Ian McKellen, have you been working with him at all?
BLOOM: Not as yet. But I believe there are plans afoot, so yeah, but not as yet, no.
Any dwarf tossing like in the last trilogy?
BLOOM: There’s some fun other dwarf moments coming up. I don’t want to give too much away, but there will be some fun interaction. It is different though, because as it was pointed out earlier, the relationship– The friendship that grew out of the relationship between Legolas and Gimli grew over a three movie period. I’m more seeing the dwarves as I would have seen them prior to going in to the Council of Elrond, which is full of disdain for what I, fundamentally as an Elf, believe their purpose is in life. There’s not the same sort of thing, but there’s definitely some jibes and moments that are good.
Even sillier question, have you seen The Avengers yet, and did you like the Legolas shout out in there?
BLOOM: Oh, man, I have not seen it! I was going to see it last night, funnily enough. I didn’t get to see it. There’s a Legolas shout out? That’s amazing. I really want to see it. I hear it’s very, very good. It’s amazing. Oh, that’s cool, really? That’s awesome. Good.
In the first three Lord Of The Rings films, I’m curious, how much changed on the set in terms of dialogue and script, and how is it compared to this film? In terms of, are you getting pages the night before that are changing, or is it pretty much been sticking?
BLOOM: Can I answer that question? Yes. Pages the night before is a very common occurrence.
Was it that way on the original films?
BLOOM: The way that Pete, Fran and Philippa work is specific to them, and yes, there was often script revisions right up until the last minute. It was often– It’s a huge undertaking, a movie like The Lord Of The Rings, but also this movie, it’s a huge undertaking. There are two– And I think that things are always in flux, but we started with a script that has been evolving, if you like, and improving as we go kind of thing. That’s their goal and that’s why when there are script revisions, there can be script revisions right up before, but it’s essentially the tenant of the scene is the same, it’s just there are moments that are heightened or created and stuff, but yeah, there’s definitely a lot of movement within the script to keep moving it forward, but I think it works for them and it works for the story and it’s a huge undertaking, do you know what I mean, and I know that they take it very seriously. And their desire for it to be as good as it can be is what leads to there being revisions that continue on. That’s the way I see it, and I think everyone else does, too.
BLOOM: I can, somewhat reluctantly, because I think it’s more interesting for people to see it. And when I say to you there is a certain rivalry– A prince versus a king, a father versus a son, there’s definitely a bit of father-son rivalry, prince-king rivalry that forwards the story, I don’t really want to elaborate on it more than that, but it makes for a more interesting dynamic. Thranduil being the king of the Woodland Realm and, as I’ve said, those Elves being more of a militant group of Elves. Knowing that Legolas goes on to be a bridge, like an architect for peace between the Elves and the rest of the world, you might be able to guess there might be a little bit of me trying to understand more of what the plight of the rest of the world is and therefore somewhat coming up against odds with my father. Does that help?
How does the experience of making The Hobbit compare with the experience of making The Lord of the Rings?
BLOOM: The experience of making the movie is completely different. It could never be the same, because there was no expectation. That was a unique thing. This obviously, there is a heap of expectation. Actually the way that the movie is being filmed and shot it’s really very similar to what the experience was on The Lord Of The Rings, outside of the key cast and stuff. There’s a sort of creative chaos that breeds, I hope something really special that we saw on Lord Of The Rings. There’s something about the way that the chaos that is created to make the movies that can lead, and we’ve seen it with Rings, and we hope to see it again. Something quite special and unique. It’s unlike any other movie experience for sure. The way that it works, but I think it plays out very well to the advantage of the film and hopefully the audiences when they get to enjoy it.
Here is more from my Hobbit set visit:
- 70 Things to Know About THE HOBBIT From Our Set Visit
- Evangeline Lilly Talks the Origin of Her Character, Getting New Script Pages Daily, and More on the Set of THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
- Peter Jackson Talks Similarities and Differences to Lord of the Rings, Shooting in 3D and 48 fps, His Initial Reluctance to Direct, and More on the Set of The Hobbit
- Ian McKellan Talks Returning to Middle Earth, Differences from the Book, Advances in Technology and Filming in 3D, and More on the Set of The Hobbit
- Martin Freeman Talks the Impact of The Ring on Bilbo, Ian Holm’s Performance, Being a Fan Favorite for the Role, and More on the Set of The Hobbit
- Richard Armitage Talks Dwarf Humor, Script Changes During Production, Parallels Between Thorin and Frodo’s Journeys, and More on the Set of The Hobbit
- Weta Workshop Head Richard Taylor Talks Turning Actors into Dwarves, Developing the Film’s Weapons, and More on the Set of The Hobbit