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'The Hobbit': Luke Evans Auditioned Online

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spymaster@theonering.net

Jul 28 2011, 4:58pm

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Luke Evans has been cast in "The Hobbit" as Bard the Bowman, but don't ask him anything about his experience working with director Peter Jackson -- because, believe it or not, he has never actually met the man. In fact, he did his whole "Hobbit" audition online.

"I auditioned for it like a year ago. It's amazing. Things happen like that sometimes on movies. Projects happen or they get stopped. As you know, 'The Hobbit's' had a lot of hurdles to jump before it started production," Evans explained. "So yeah, I auditioned for it a year ago and never heard a single thing back." More..


Snulle
Bree

Jul 29 2011, 3:55pm

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Looks perfect! [In reply to] Can't Post

Very nice interview and from what I see of him he doesn't need much makeup or anything.
Give him his costume, a bow and an arrow and Smaug is no more. Cool


(This post was edited by Snulle on Jul 29 2011, 3:56pm)


Garfeimao
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Jul 29 2011, 4:40pm

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Very appealing [In reply to] Can't Post

After seeing him on two panels at comic con, seeing a few of these interviews, and having spoken with him in person at comic con, I like Luke Evans for Bard so much more now than I did a week ago. He's very smart, very engaging, and very personable. Since we know PJ casts for the ensemble feel as much as he does for talent, I can see why someone would cast Luke, he's very likable and easy going.

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Ruijor
Rohan


Jul 30 2011, 2:42am

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Yeah, Im liking this guy a bit more now as well [In reply to] Can't Post

He seems humble and a nice person and I can see a grimm bowman in him...


SirDennisC
Half-elven


Jul 30 2011, 7:47am

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He may yet be a keeper [In reply to] Can't Post

Surprised he auditioned, and was hired, online. His agent must be a miracle worker... back when I used to dream of auditioning, I thought at the very least it would involve travelling to where ever a casting director was located. Damn. Laugh

On the other hand, this too makes me wonder just how important Bard's role will be. I mean yeah SPOILER ALERT>>>> he kills Smaug <<<< END SPOILER but as anyone who has read the book can tell you TH isn't really about that. I just assumed that he would play a bigger role given that he was one of few characters who had heart-throb potential... until "Hot Dwarfs" became all the rage I guess. Angelic

Thought I might add, though not strictly on topic, that I've been wondering how The Three Musketeers will do. It might turn out to do for TH what POC did for LOTR, that is depending how well Bloom and Evans are recieved.


(This post was edited by SirDennisC on Jul 30 2011, 7:47am)


Marionette
Rohan


Jul 30 2011, 8:16am

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Wow [In reply to] Can't Post

Auditioned online and not a single word for one year! Sounds a bit frustrating. I guess they have to focus in other works, looking for other opportunities, after all it's just a role like any other.
It has to be like that, work is work...

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gaer carreg
The Shire

Jul 30 2011, 8:59am

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I would think pretty important [In reply to] Can't Post

It seems to me that they will expand the character's role since Luke is on his way to NZ as I post, and he said he's going to be there for an entire year. I doubt they would ask him to be there for a year if he was only going to be in a handful of scenes.


Kangi Ska
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Jul 30 2011, 11:38am

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What is POC? // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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Maiarmike
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Jul 30 2011, 11:41am

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Pirates of the Caribbean, and I assume he's referring to Orlando being in that movie before RotK came out.// [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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Kangi Ska
Half-elven


Jul 30 2011, 1:29pm

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Thanks for the translation. [In reply to] Can't Post

I would think that people would be explicit if they want to be understood.

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SirDennisC
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Jul 30 2011, 4:18pm

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Now Kangi we've been using POC [In reply to] Can't Post

for Pirates of the Carribean around here for what seems like forever. And in the context of the comment about The Three Musketeers it should have been pretty clear... unless you are still on about OP? Cool


SirDennisC
Half-elven


Jul 30 2011, 4:28pm

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Good Point [In reply to] Can't Post

A year does seem an awful long time for his part as written in The Hobbit. If I recall correctly, by way of comparison Liv Tyler didn't spend all that much time in NZ while LOTR was being made and her relatively small part in The Lord of the Rings was spread across all three films.

It just seems odd that he landed a key role without meeting the director. Was someone else slated to be Bard and then cancelled at the last minute forcing them to act quickly on Evans? Or is this supposed to be a testament to how powerful a presence he really has? (Of course there was the news that PJ directed a lot of TinTin via video uplink. Maybe he just has a highly developed ability to judge things through a video monitor?)


Kangi Ska
Half-elven


Jul 30 2011, 5:56pm

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An old brain requires prodding [In reply to] Can't Post

and add to that I generally dislike acronyms and abbreviations. It is a sign of laziness on the writer's part.(Even mine when I use them.) If this was a Pirates of the Caribbean site I might have thought of that. Instead I am sitting here trying to figure out what the post is about.

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gaer carreg
The Shire

Jul 30 2011, 6:12pm

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I haven't heard of [In reply to] Can't Post

anyone else having being slated to play Bard and then cancelling, but who knows.

Luke is a very well respected theater actor in the UK so I'm sure the acting chops are there. Also, the fact that he's done 11 films since last year, several in which he plays the hero, and where he did a lot of weapons training and horseback riding, doesn't hurt at all.


Silverlode
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Jul 30 2011, 8:06pm

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This thing about being in NZ for a year... [In reply to] Can't Post

keeps coming up with these roles that weren't expected to be large. I'm beginning to wonder if the shooting schedule was so affected by having to be arranged around the schedules of the stars that all the small parts are being spread out and stuck in around the edges instead of being done all at once as they usually would be. It may be that the parts aren't really being expanded much, just broken into small segments with gaps between.

That said, I expect 1 or 2 months of that year to be training and then another several months shooting battle scenes, as Bard is involved in the dragon attack on Laketown and then also in the Battle of Five Armies, both of which are likely to be large action pieces. Action takes much longer to shoot than dialogue.

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SirDennisC
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Jul 30 2011, 11:22pm

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Oh no you didn't! [In reply to] Can't Post

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SirDennisC
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Jul 30 2011, 11:25pm

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Like I said, a keeper. [In reply to] Can't Post

I was a little underwhelmed at first but I think he will grow on me.


SirDennisC
Half-elven


Jul 30 2011, 11:35pm

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You paint a compelling picture [In reply to] Can't Post

I agree that it is likely the case that they will need him for longish stretches for battle scenes.

If he's as hot right now as our new friend gaer carreg claims -- and there is every indication that he is, including the online audition score -- I have trouble with the idea that he would agree to wait around to be fit in where possible. Though if he wants the role as much as it seems he does (his enthusiasm and knowledge of the book are obvious already) that may very well be the plan.


Rivorwen
The Shire

Jul 31 2011, 12:24am

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helms deep took 3 solid months of shooting, so it will probably take longer [In reply to] Can't Post

 for the Battle of 5 armies since there are more components to be done in one segment, longer if they film in small segments like you mentioned.


gaer carreg
The Shire

Jul 31 2011, 2:52am

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Luke is on his way to New Zealand [In reply to] Can't Post

He just finished shooting a movie in New Orleans and left for LA, where he's made a stop for a photoshoot tomorrow, and then he continues on to NZ.

I don't know if it's ok to post this (please erase it if it's not), but for those of you who would like to keep track of what he does, he's fairly active on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/Mr_Luke_Evans


Maiarmike
Grey Havens


Jul 31 2011, 4:24am

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He seems like a really cool guy. [In reply to] Can't Post

He isn't one of those jaded Hollywood celebrities...yet. He has only 87 followers, which is funny, because after The Hobbit, it will probably be in the hundreds of thousands. Smile

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