Nov 12 2014, 6:11am
From FB site Lee Pace 100% Talent & Beauty and Tolkiendrim
Very interesting interview with Lee Pace
How do you summarize the act of participating in a series of films that is so successful?
Lee Pace: - Oh, that's great! This is the third time I come here. It all started two years ago, and every year at the same time I go down to New Zealand to work on the Hobbit. It was fantastic. I was delighted to have been invited to take part. I just loved every minute, it was really fun. I met a lot of people. I love New Zealand, I do not get tired of being there. I am happy to be here.
Some things you do they have surprises?
Lee Pace - Oh, yes, I think there has been a lot of surprises. It is a unique experience in every sense of the word, really different from anything I've done. The mood around the film is quite unique, the construction of this character throughout these three years was unique. Yes, many things are very different here.
A he was difficult to become Thranduil? How did you prepare for your character? Do you like to be the king of the elves Sylvan?
Lee Pace - Yes, I like to be able to turn, embody someone very different from me. With Thranduil, I had many opportunities to show a character as opposed to who I am. With Terry Notary (Stunt coordinator. Editor's note) we worked out catch on really nice movements, so that when we arrived on set, we no longer need to think about. Regarding my voice Leith McPherson (vocal coach and linguistics. Editor's note) helped me to locate and take an accent that is not British, but that evokes a king.
Is it become natural over time?
Lee Pace - I really had to pay attention because I'm American and this is very different from the way I talk. But I love it, I love everything that makes the character different from another. This is really interesting. Then think about what the character would look like and the way to fight was a big job.
Your character seems to be very cold, very distant. Will we see another aspect of the personality of Thranduil?
Lee Pace - This is a complex character. This is a very old elf, very, very old and very wise. But you know, Tolkien himself said that the elves of Mirkwood are less wise and more dangerous than the elves other parts of the world. Thranduil is like a wild animal in the woods. You do not cross the road without problems. But I think he's right in the second film. I think it is right to do so. Thirteen dwarves arrive to awaken a dragon breathing fire, you must stop. You put in a cell.
Have you met Hugo Weaving? You he gave some advice to play an elf?
Lee Pace - I have not met any of the actors from the previous trilogy. I have never met nor Hugo nor yet Cate Blanchett.
You are different elves!
Lee Pace: - We are in different areas of Middle Earth and we also shot at different times, so our paths have never crossed.
But you met Orlando Bloom!
Lee Pace - Oh yes. I had scenes with Orlando and Evangeline. But they are in my corner.
What is your relationship with Tauriel?
Lee Pace - This is a very interesting relationship, because she and I have a lot of scenes together. Tauriel is the head of my guard, my special forces within the Black Forest. It is a ruthless killer, someone I like. And what happens in the last film is very complicated.
This is the largest franchise of fantasy world. Have played in the series "The Fall" you it allowed you to bring your personal experience in this area on this film?
Lee Pace - "The Fall" was one of the first movies I attended. It was an incredible experience. I learned a lot while on the making of the videos, and in many areas. We shot over a long period. There was not only the presence of Tarsem behind the camera, but a bunch of pictures technicians really fantastic about this project, so I learned a lot in achieving. This is the kind of narrative film that works very well in cinema. It touches the imagination. It's very visual, how the mind works this girl. I learned so much in this film.
Can you explain your personal relationship with the books? Have you read the books of Professor Tolkien before working in the movies, do you remember the first time?
Lee Pace - My father gave me the book The Hobbit when I was thirteen or fourteen. I Chickasha Oklahoma. I was born and my father grew up. In the local cemetery there is a grave on which is written: "Bilbo Baggins" I do not know who put it there. It could be that Bilbo Baggins is Chickasha, Oklahoma! My father had given me to read The Hobbit and then in college I read The Lord of the Rings. Thereafter, I immersed myself in other writings of Tolkien, appendices and The Silmarillion. All this has allowed me to expand my character.
Will we see things in relation to the Silmarillion in the third film?
Lee Pace - No, the film is just The Hobbit. It was just for my character, just for me. I enjoyed reading Tolkien. The elves are a mystery. Even after having played one of them on the screen for so long, I can not take my idea that they are different from us. They are different, as different trees are different from us. How they want things and they behave in nature is different in many respects.
Even if they are elves, they have some defects. They are not perfect. They make mistakes, they are fighting among themselves and sometimes they fight their own king ...
Lee Pace - And they feel pain. These are deeply complex beings.
There is a difficult moment between you and your son. Legolas and Thranduil, are they in conflict?
Lee Pace - The Desolation of Smaug In, Tauriel and Legolas leave my kingdom. I forbid them to do and I tell them they have to protect the Black Forest. It is their duty, it is our duty as qu'elfes, to keep my people safe. We do not understand us, one and the other.
Tell us about your work with Peter Jackson?
Lee Pace - I think this is the most creative I've ever met. He has such incredible imagination. It ensures that the story is spectacular, the fighting are spectacular. It creates a Middle-earth still surprising that leaves you speechless. It's fun to be a part. For the interpretation of the role, he always encouraged me to go for it. "Do not think, go dark! "I do not know how to explain it better. I think it is inspiring to work with, very encouraging, very inspiring. It's so good when you go home after shooting a scene, and you feel you've done a good job.
What was your reaction the first time you saw yourself in costume, completely transformed?
Lee Pace - It was good! That was two years ago. But I remember when Peter Jackson came. We first put wigs and ears, and he exclaimed: "Wow, yes! It's him! ". That's what I find really well with this process. There is such a collaboration, There are so many different people that contribute to the character creation: those who support the makeup, the costumes, the design of the sword. These are all elements that make the character. I do not do a very small part, I'm just saying my text and give my ideas. But yes, it was nice. The first time we saw the character in his clothes, we began to understand what he would say, what he would do.
In game terms, what was the hardest part of your character?
Lee Pace - I need to understand. This is always the hardest for me. Really understand the details of my character, what motivates him, with whom he is in conflict, what he likes ... But with this elf, it's different. I worked with some symbolic to ensure not to think in a human way. As these white diamonds he wants to recover, I made sure to find a treasured symbol. You know, the skull of Damien Hirst? this is a skull encrusted with diamonds. I had a picture on my iPhone for the first part of the shoot. It helped me better understand the character (...) It was difficult to find the appropriate symbols for the character has a meaning for me.
Do you speak Elvish?
Lee Pace - I do when I hear my text. This is the hardest thing ever, learn the Elvish tongue.
What was the most difficult moment during filming?
Lee Pace - You know what? shooting was not really difficult. It was a pleasure to work on this film. I really like the scenes were filmed, and it is only a part, as with green screens, Peter is going to work its magic and will create a world around it. So no, it really was not difficult. I turned hard movies, where you say: "It's hard ... I do not know if it will be very good ..." But it was really, really fun.
You have a son in his thirties in the film, do you have a sort of midlife crisis because of it?
Lee Pace - You mean have a son who is older than me in real life? Well, I have three thousand years here. If I do not assume I will assume ever did (laughs). No, this is not a problem for me. I look forward to being a grumpy old man. In fact, it's really great to play Thranduil because it is nothing but an old man very grumpy (laughs).