MTV talks to Richard Armitage about being named one of their “Ones to Watch” and the joy of being involved in “The Hobbit.” Richard says of the whole experience: “It’s been the best thing I’ve ever worked on in my life, by far.” He adds, “I don’t think it will be possible to leave it behind me. I think this is one of those characters that always stay with you because you spend so much time with him and it’s such a transformation. ”

Richard also talks about rediscovering Tolkien as an adult, Thorin’s journey as a character, working with the ensemble cast and much more. In fact, there is too much good stuff to quote out of context, so take yourself over to MTV’s site and read it in full(If, by some chance, you have not read to the end of “The Hobbit,” there is a spoiler)