Here’s a breakdown of all 13 dwarves from the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on news stands now. There’s some behind the scene information from Peter Jackson and the stars of the upcoming, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Ian McKellen was on the fence about reprising his role as Gandalf because he doesn’t like to do things again. Luckily he talked to a friend who convinced him otherwise.
“I was talking to a friend about whether I should or shouldn’t and she said, ‘The fans simply won’t understand if you don’t do it, will they?’ He says. That was the clincher. Gandalf belongs to a lot of people – not just me.”
Peter Jackson also defends his decision to shoot the film at a higher frame rate – 48 frames per second opposed to the standard 24. This gives the movie a “hyperreal look” which may be off-putting to what movie goers are use to seeing.
“As a film industry, we’re in trouble-we’ve got less people coming to the movies, especially young people. We should be doing everything we can with the technology we’ve got to bring people back.”
Jackson also drew from a range of Tolkien writings to expand on the narrative of the story. He added some Rings characters not present in the Hobbit book such as Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Galadriel (Cate Blanchett). He added a few new characters such as the elf warrior, Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly).
”In the movie, we want these characters to have story lines and a little bit more substance than they do in the book,” Jackson says. ”Almost everything we’re doing is from Tolkien somewhere, whether it’s the book or the subsequent development that wasn’t published in the Hobbit itself.”
Jackson assures that everything is tied in some how. He sites examples such as Legolas being the son of the Elvenking Thranduil (Lee Pace), who is a character in the Hobbit. Galadriel and Saruman (Christopher Lee) were participants of the White Council which was mentioned in passing in the book.
“It will all make sense,” Jackson reassures.
Richard Armitage, who plays the dwarves leader, Thorin Oakenshield feels more pressure being in the Hobbit since fan expectations are so high and every detail of filming is picked up. The Rings cast was in more of a bubble when they were making the first film since the fan frenzy wasn’t as ramped up as it is now.
“I envy that original cast of Lord of the Rings. They didn’t know what they were involved in.”