Richard Armitage took time in October to sit down with Move Magazine‘s Elle Morris as part of the press junket for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. They talked about starting up a Thorin cocktail competition, what it’s like for him to live in the Big Apple, and a variety of other topics.
As you might expect, no interview with the King Under the Mountain would be complete without a few moments spared for Smaug himself (and words of reverence for the wizards at WETA):
“No one’s seen the dragon,” Richard told me. “We’ve seen bits of him–most of us have seen a green ball on a stick, but one of the digital artists at WETA who did my makeup used to show me the work that was being done on the dragon. He’d come in one day with an iPad screen of this incredible—what looked like a fossil, this iridescent red fossil with multi-facets and layers and colors and it was one of [the dragon’s] scales. And they zoomed out and [the dragon’s] covered in a million of these scales. That’s the detail that they’re working on the dragon. And I was like ‘okay so how long’s that taken you to do?’ and he was like ‘that’s taken about a week‘. To make this single scale.”
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Bootnote: Keep an eye out on TheOneRing.net over the next few days. TORn staffer greendragon had the opportunity to chat extensively with Mr Armitage the other day, and he had some pretty interesting things to say about acting, and about The Desolation of Smaug!