Dec. 03 - ''The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'' begins its promotion with a world premiere in LA, where the two new stars of the franchise take centre stage. Rollo Ross reports.
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A combination of both dwarfs and elves mixed with a smattering of British actors at a Los Angeles premiere can mean only one thing - another instalment of a Tolkein adaptation is being launched; this time, it's the second Hobbit film 'The Desolation of Smaug'.
Unlike Lord of the Rings which was condensed to fit into three films, The Hobbit story has been eked out into a trilogy by including additional information from J.R.R. Tolkein's notes and writings. However, two elves, Legolas and Tauriel, who weren't in Tolkein's original book are being put front and centre of the production.
They were also the centre of attention at the premiere, where they discussed being recalled to set to do further action scenes.
SOUNDBITE Actress Evangeline Lilly (English), saying:
"Most of us were doing stunts every single day that we were there. That was very intensive, very fun, and I did as much as they would let me do. Then I would have to step down and be humble when they would say, 'your neck is precious, we can't put you on a wire.' But this guy, Orlando, he got to go on a wire, and I was really annoyed at that at first, but I finally realized, you what that means? His neck's not as precious as mine."
SOUNDBITE Actor Orlando Bloom (English), saying:
"I was hanging upside down for quite a while with my white knives flying through the air and I was thinking, I wonder what this is going to be. I did have a sense of what we would be doing and had this conversation with Pete about something that transpired from the wire work, so it was kind of wonderful."
And Pete is of course Peter Jackson, the director of all the latest Tolkein-based movies.
SOUNDBITE Director Peter Jackson (English), saying:
"It's my childhood dream, I mean I wanted to make movies since I was seven or eight years old so I'm not going to complain about it, no matter how hard it is, I'm lucky to be just fulfilling a dream."
"The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug" goes on release nearly everywhere around the world from mid-December.
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