Jun 17 2014, 4:05pm
I've thought about that, with these Hobbit actors, time to time. Peter Hambleton said in a recent interview "it's a tough life".
I feel for Manu, who seems to be dedicated, handsome, and personable - he may have been only working for a few days at a time re Azog but seems to give it his all, and think in DOS especially that shows up. I've felt for him too at these "con" panels where so much attention is on the dwarves - but *shrug* far as I know, no-one HAS to do conventions.
Do actors and actresses ever go to their trailers etc. and break down? I think so, probably, like any job guess it can have real bad days, but to me the arts can hit real hard on a personal level. Casting agent Amy Hubbard has given some fascinating interviews, and one thing that struck me was her talking about the begging from actors/actresses they can get, "I just HAVE to play this part" and having to say basically "no". And how while EW's use of a cheap video filmed in a garden snared him the Frodo role, that's a very rare success and PJ has been flooded w. cheap videos of folks in capes.
A real irritation for me is all the work the dwarf cast did, how good these actors are - so I wonder if it bothers them that so much must be getting cut. RA kind of alluded to this re DOS, something that most of what he did was kept - but geez, that's some job, possibly working for days and having the work vanished, probably forever (of course if it came off bad you might be happy).
Anyway Manu impressed me with his efforts and attitude, and hope it leads to good things for him. Just read some article where it's generally viewed that a certain promising actress seems to have tanked her career by being a prima donna, in TV and films. So happy that Manu seems to handle all of this with good grace, at least in public, and he is very funny talking about the CGI suit.