For all of you who love these things, here’s a complete transcript of todays Desolation of Smaug Live Fan Event. And for those who just can't watch it enough we've included the video. :)
The event started with 9 minutes of twitter feed before the second Desolation of Smaug trailer played, then came the welcome from Anderson Cooper in New York.
Anderson Cooper: Welcome everybody to a global fan event for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. How you doing here in New York, you excited? (Crowd screams) We have got a packed theatre here in New York City, we have Hobbit fans and Elf fans and Dwarf fans, there's one Orc in the crowd but we've given him a lot of buttered popcorn, and he's gonna be subdued, so nobody is under threat. And as I said, this is a global fan event for fans around the world to ask questions of their favourite Hobbit actors and also to see some never before seen footage from the upcoming film, December 13th, it's an incredibly exciting event. I want to introduce two amazing actors who're in the film. I want you to put your hands together for Orlando Bloom (crowd screams) Legolas, joining us here in New York. And Richard Armitage (crowd goes wild) Thorin Oakenshield from the company of Dwarves.
Anderson to Orlando: Hi Welcome
Anderson to Richard: Welcome Sir
Anderson: He's much taller in person... um... (crowd cheering) So as I said a lot of folks are watching this online and also in theatres all around the world and I want to check in with some of the theatres to see who else is gonna be joining us for this truly global event, lets check in with London, a lot of folks are already there and have been lining up for a long time, Edith Bowman is standing by, Edith! (Loud screams from crowd)
Edith Bowman: Hello New York. Yes we are live here from London. What an amazing crowd we have here, and we are joined by Luke Evans who joins the cast as the famous Bard. Along with Lee Pace who joins the film as Thranduil, King of the Wood Elves (crowd screaming loudly). And our returning champion is with us, Andy Serkis who we all know (crowd goes berserk) is the second unit director on the main shoot of The Hobbit trilogy. As you can see and hear,we have a pretty full house tonight of very excited fans and we're all thrilled to join this amazing event. (crowd cheering even louder) Now back to you right now Anderson.
Anderson: Now I think the folks in London, I think everybody in London feels like they've got the most enthusiasm, but I think us New Yorkers have the most enthusiasm for this (crowd in New York erupts, Lee Pace, Luke Evans and Andy Serkis encourage the London crowd to go louder) I think we're gonna cross to Los Angeles, Anthony is standing by, Anthony how're things in LA?
Anthony: We are going to accept your enthusiasm challenge because Los Angeles is literally the birth place of Smog. We're here with Evangeline Lilly, who a lot of you remember from the tv show Lost, she is joining The Hobbit trilogy as a brand new character, the Elven Warrior Tauriel.
Evangeline: Don't hate... don't hate
Anthony: We've been taking a survey here of the Lovers and Haters, but we have a lot of the Lovers here in the LA audience right? Let's hear it! (crowd screams, Anthony turns to Evangeline) They all love you. She has threatened to kick the ass of anybody who doesn't like the character, so, alright, back to you Anderson.
Anderson: Alright, let's check in with the, really, the birth place, the heart of this film, Wellington New Zealand. Jed Brophy is standing by, who you all know from the films as Nori. Jed! (Crowd screams)
Jed: Hi Anderson, you're coming to you live from Wellington, I'm here with a very excited bunch of fans and of course, the one and only Peter Jackson (crowd goes berserk, Jed conducts them) And very well behaved fans they are too, aren't they Peter (laughter from the fans)
Peter: Yeah, they're very very good. Is there anyone here in costumes? Oh yes, just you, I'm in mine, this is The Hobbit Director costume (laughter) that, um, I usually wear. So, um, I just wanted to welcome everybody and, um, it's fantastic that you're here in a cinema in New Zealand and there's New York, Los Angeles, London, thank you very much (to Jed)
Jed: Brussels, Madrid
Peter: Yep, Rome
Jed: Mexico City
Peter: Miami, Paris
Jed: Sydney and Toronto
Peter: Have we forgo, Hamburg! Did we say Hamburg?
Both: Hamburg, Hamburg Welcome, welcome, welcome, welcome
Jed: You're actually our favourite, apart from Wellington and New York and LA.
Peter: So, um, now we've got some , obviously we've got some, um, guests in our cinemas around the world, but, um, we do, we are missing a Hobbit, who, um, is out in the wilds somewhere filming, um, a completely different thing. We're not filming The Hobbit anymore amazingly enough.
Jed: Oh! We're not!
Peter: He's shooting something else, anyway Martin did want to send a greeting, so shall we have a look?
Martin Freeman video begins
Martin: Hello folks, I'm sorry I can't be there to celebrate with you in person, but I wanted to send you a message of thanks and appreciation. Filming this movie was quite an adventure and I can't wait for fans to see where the journey takes Bilbo, Gandalf and the Company of Dwarves in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. You'll see Legolas again, and also meet some new Elves, like Tauriel and Thranduil, as well as the people of Laketown including, Bard, Bain and The Master. The film opens everywhere beginning December 13th and I hope you'll come back with us to Middle-earth.
It's been quite a journey playing Bilbo and seeing the enthusiasm for this character and these movies where ever I go has been fantastic. And I hope you'll all enjoy this wonderful, ultimate Hobbit Fan Event.
Jed: How lovely seeing Martin again, he's looking really, really good, he looks rested. Great seeing him again, wasn't it Peter?
Peter: He does look rested, I know. He was a little bit stressed by the time we'd finished the Battle of Five Armies.
Jed: Yes, we put him through the wringer.
Peter: But anyway, we're gonna be, video production blog is what we wanted to show you first of all now. We're gonna be answering some questions and things, but there's a new blog that we've just finished off and we wanted to play it now and which shows actually some of the pick ups that we were doing, you know, the last ten weeks of shooting that we did, um, was it May, June, July this year? It was kind of, it was just about the most intense 10 weeks I think I've ever shot in my life, it was, it was, I mean, we had some incredibly emotional and intense scenes, climatic scenes from both the second and the third movies. I mean normally in a film you know, you'll have, you know, quiet scenes that you can and you have a climactic scenes and it sort of like all evens itself out. But this was kinda like 10 weeks of pretty intense stuff, but, um, there is a blog that kind of, um, um, we have just finished which shows everyone a little bit of this, so shall we run the blog?
Jed: I think we should. I think we should run it right now.
Video Blog 12 is shown
Jed: Well that was great Peter. I hadn't seen that before, it was very very funny especially my bits.
Jed: I think we now have a question from the floor, the first question from the floor for Peter, so if you'd like to step up to the mike and ask Peter the question and he will answer you.
Fan #1: Ah yes, hello. My question is, with a more expanded cast in this film than the previous did you find it difficult giving each character the opportunity to develop and have their own characterisation?
Peter: Ah, well, not really, no, because in a way that's why the characters exist in the way that they do in the film, because, obviously there's lots of questions about Legolas coming back and Tauriel and development of characters like Bard, but, I think the fundamental reason, the fundamental thing that people should understand is that when you are reading a novel, it's the voice of the novelist is obviously the storyteller, that they're able to, you know, the voice of the novelist is able to guide you through the story, um, and in a way the novel of The Hobbit does a lot of that, it's that Tolkien is taking us on this journey and describing, you know, his observations about the story. But, when you're a film maker you don't really want to insert the voice of the film maker in quite that way, that basically, um, movie storytelling should be told through the characters and the way that you convey the story is through the characters which are on screen rather than the narrator as such. And so, um, it's not really hard because as we developed the story of The Hobbit and developed the appendices material, it became very very clear that, um, that, that, you know, that the, that these characters should be the ones taking us on this journey and they sort of develop along this organically with the way that we are telling our story and, um, so, it's not really difficult to do that part of it at all, no and with fantastic actors obviously, um, you can create a memorable, memorable performances and memorable characters, um, that's sort of like a different perspective on the story because you''re telling it through their voices to some degree.
Fan #1: Thank you very much.
Jed: Thank you. We now have a question from the audience for Evangeline Lilly in Los Angeles. Um, so hello Evangeline, hope you're ready for this question? Hope it's not a difficult one for you.
Fan #2: Hi Evangeline, I think you're simply stunning as Tauriel.
Evangeline: I'm listening.
Fan #2: I'm looking forward to seeing more, my question is, what was it like on your first day on set? What was it like?
Evangeline: I think, I think I know what you're asking me, what was your first day like on set? Can I just say that has anyone else been watching the, um, feed that's going under the screen? Did anyone see that comment that someone said "Peter Jackson is doing this fan event like a boss"? I like that one. The Boss. My first day on set, well I think I'll have to start, I have to start by explaining, that for those of you who aren't aware, that things are very organic on Peter Jacksons sets and so one of the great things about the writers is that they write as they go and therefore they can tailormake the character to your performance, which is, you know, really great for blowing up actors big egos. But the thing that can, the downfall that can happen with that is that sometimes, for some characters, their first day on set turns out to be brand new pages that they were handed the night before, speaking in or an accent that they're just learning and in Elvish and, um, commanding five Dwarves and being in the middle of an incredibly healing ritual. So sometimes the organic nature makes for an interesting first day on set.
Anthony: We have a question here now, but before we do that, I just want to point out that Peter Jackson isn't the only one getting his Hobbit on, you're halfway there with your shoes.
Evangeline: Yeah, well
Anthony: Half bare foot
Evangeline: You know you can't see this foot, so what's the point
Anthony: Why only one?
Evangeline: I'm comfortable
Anthony: Do we have a question here in Los Angeles? For you?
Evangeline: Now, do I look at her or do I look at the camera?
Anthony: You look anywhere in that general direction
Evangeline: Well then quit telling me what to do, it was working just fine (laughs) What's your question?
Anthony: Don't hit me with your shoe
Fan # 3: Hi, um, my question is this, Tauriel is an original character specifically created for this film, so, is there any other Tolkien character that served as an inspiration to you in order to develop this character?
Evangeline: Um, well, Tolkien characters, no. One of the things I intentionally did when I was told about this role, when I was preparing for this role was to not go back and watch the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which I love, love, love, love , love. Because one of the things I was afraid of was that I would try and copy the performances of Liv Tyler and Cate Blanchett because of course, their performances were flawless and perfect and it's tempting to want to just recreate what they did instead of come up with something on my own. Um, so, so, actually one of my most, um, one my like, inspirations that I used when I was preparing Tauriel was Tinkerbell. (audience laughs)
Fan #3: Nice one
Evangeline: Come on, Tink is a bad-ass little fairy. She's tiny and she's cute, but she is fierce and you don't want to get on the wrong side of Tink. And so, um, in a weird, yeah, somewhere in my brain those two things connect and she, then she ended up as one of my inspirations for the role.
Anthony: Excellent. Tinkerbell!
Anthony: You both fly through the air
Evangeline: And they both fly through the air, one with wings.
Anthony: So, now Los Angeles has a question for Orlando Bloom.
Evangeline: Hi Orlando! I miss you! (laughter) Hi Richard! (more laughter)
Anthony: And here's our question for Orlando
Fan #4: Ok so this is my question. How does it feel to portray Legolas again after one decade, knowing in this movie he's actually 60 years younger?
Orlando: Well the first thing I did when I got to New Zealand was, um, try on my old Legolas costume, because I wanted to see if it would still fit (laughter). No but seriously I think 60 years in the life of an Elf is a blink, is a blink of an eye, so , um, actually I was, I was really honoured that Pete had, um, thought that it would be a good idea to bring Leggy into the fray. I was, um...
Anderson: You call him Leggy?
Orlando: Leggy? Yeah I do, oh, sorry... I was, I was thrilled, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to don the blonde wig again and, um, and Pete had, and you know, I was, I was naturally concerned that perhaps, you know, as Legolas isn't sort of written into the books that maybe there would be, you know, some sort of conflict there with fans, but actually what I sort of, one thing I know about Pete is that Pete has one eye very clearly on the Tolkien world and the world of Tolkien and on also on making a fantastic movie and he's brilliant at creating moments for the characters and so Leggy comes back and, um, gets to have a few heroic moments and it was a lot of fun, so in truth, um, in answer to that, yeah, it's just been a riot of a time.
Anderson: Did your costume still fit?
Orlando: My costume still fit (screams and cheers)
Anderson: I know we have a question here in New York for Richard.
Fan #5: Hi Richard
Fan #5: Um, my questions is, what was your favourite line from The Hobbit films, either said by you or one of your cast mates?
Richard: Um, God that's a tough one. I'm a bit of a purist when it comes to Tolkien and, so...
Orlando: He didn't want me in the movie
Richard: (grins) Um, ya, I mean incredible, incredible language to speak and I really felt like a character lived through the lines that Tolkien was given and the incredible script that, um, Pete, Fran and Phil had created. Um, but there were many times when we were asked to improvise and, um, I was often improvising with Graham who played Dwalin and in most situations I would turn to him and say "We'll just use the toilet and leave" (laughter), but that's not the line. Um, yeah I think, I don't think, I think it's a little bit of a spoiler, but at some point in movie two Thorin says "If this is to end in fire, then we will all burn together". (cheers) So that's my favourite line at the moment.
Orlando: That's a sexy line that is. That's a sexy line. (to crowd) That is a sexy line that is (yells of YES and cheers)
Anderson: Not the kind of thing you want to say on a date though, really, it's...
Orlando: But it's got some heat to it! (laughs)
Anderson: Exactly. We've got fans, we said following watching this on social media and Twitter and a lot of folks putting in questions under #HobbitFanEvent. We're gonna take a question now for Luke Evans who is standing by in London. I have the question here, the question is from @ThePoojaDave um, did you become efficient with a bow Luke?
Luke: Did I become efficient with a bow, yes I did, yeah, um, it was, um, a longbow, it's taller than me, um, which was quite difficult to master, especially when you're sliding down roof tops and, ah, being chased by a very big dragon and, but, no, it was good and, there's been a couple of people have actually mentioned that I hold the bow the wrong way round. But, actually, let me tell you, I'm holding it the right way round, because if I hold my hand this way it means I can extend it behind my head and if I hold it this way I can only go that far and the bow is so big that to extend a big arrow I had to use it the opposite way. So everybody, now you know I'm not doing it, I'm not faking it, it's true that's how you do it, yeah.
Edith: Such skills, seriously I like it. Lets get a question from our incredible audience here and we have a gentleman here that I can see right there, Phillip, have you got a question for us?
Fan #6: Hi there, since Thranduil is Legolas' father, did Orlando's portrayal of Legolas in the original Lord of the Rings films affect your characterisation of Thranduil in terms of the father son relationship and the effect each would have on the other?
Lee: Yeah, yeah, I just copied everything he did. (laughter) Everything Orlando did, I would, um, do the same thing. That's basically how I got into that character, we started with a little bit of, ah, Elven movement, where we would kind of, you know, work out our movement and then we got into the more advanced stuff like Elvish, right Orlando, you remember this? (Orlando shakes head, to laughter from the audience)
Edith: He's not responding to you
Lee: He doesn't want to respond
Edith: He doesn't want to respond (Orlando and Richard laughing in background)
Orlando: I did, I taught you everything (massive laughter)
Lee: Yeah, yeah, find your quintessential Elf. (hard to tell too much laughter ;D )
Edith: We've got a question now for Andy from one of the theatres around the world where fans have gathered to watch this incredible event together. And we're going to hear from a fan in Mexico City, Which part of Gollums personality has been more difficult to perform and why? Good question.
Andy: Oh golly, erm, which part, I mean, it's very diff... you know, they're both, I don't know, it's a really difficult question, they were both, I suppose, um, playing, um, trying to find Smeagol before he became really fully Gollum, that was quite difficult. But, I, they both, I think the fact of the matter is when we did the Riddles in the Dark passage,um, what was tricky going back to it was of course, I'm ten years older, so crawling around as Gollum was pretty physically hard work, for both characters actually, um, but what was amazing was being able to play opposite Martin, cause Martin is just a brilliant actor he really is. (loud cheers) And we had a ball doing it and, er, and the great thing about working with Pete on that scene was that we got to play that scene out in it's entirety and it was a, it was, it was kind of like doing a piece of theatre really, so, so, I don't know, I can't really think, either of those were, either sides of the personality were any more difficult than the other really, sorry.
Edith: Don't apologise you answered the question. Right now we've got a question for Peter Jackson from Twitter, we found the following using #HobbitFanEvent, and now before we join Peter and Jed, I wanted to thank Luke, Lee and Andy Serkis, as well as this incredible audience we have here today, you've been brilliant (lots of cheers and can't make out what Edith says with all the cheering) So Peter here is your question from Twitter from @EllenCase47 What was it like when you finished the last shot for The Hobbit production? What will you miss the most?
(Jed points at himself and mouths "Me"!)
Peter: Um,I don't know, it's hard to answer that without falling into terrible cliche, you know, bittersweet, you know, end of an era, I mean, that type of thing which is really boring. Um, I mean I keep myself busy on the last day because I did the live blog thing which I was doing. I sort of woke up that morning, about 4 o'clock that morning or something and thought well, you know, this is the last day, I thought, oh well, I'm gonna write about it on the internet. So that kind of, you know, kept me busy, in fact I think sometimes I was slowing the shoot down because I was busy doing the blog. Sorry, can't be on the set just yet, sorry I'm doing my blog. But, um, it was, you know, the last day is always, um, emotional, because you're dealing with farewells. Um, you're saying good-bye to friends in the crew and the cast, um, and you know, obviously in this particular instance it was essentially after six movies, it was, ok is this gonna be it, yeah, probably, it is gonna be it. Um, so that was kind of strange, but there is also, underneath all that there is a sense of relief, what I mean by relief is the sense that you, I, I, could now, finishing the shoot meant that I could now start doing the editing and post-production on the Desolation of Smaug, so you know I was, yeah, the ten weeks of shooting was intensely busy but then I was able to start a whole new type of experience which was putting the second movie together, which is exciting. So, I was looking forward to that too, um, you know, it was, ah, yeah, it's, ah, I don't know, it's strange I was certainly the last days with the actors, and they obviously everybody doesn't finish on the same day, I mean we said good-bye to Ian and Martin and Orlando and Evangeline and Luke and Lee and we said good-bye to people at different times and so, um, there's never really, there's a lot of farewells during, um, those last few weeks of shooting, a lot of farewells and they're all quite emotional and yeah, you know, yeah.
Jed: We were very emotional too, the actors were very, it was quite hard for us I have to say, it's been, um, an amazing journey for everyone, it was very hard to say good-bye to everyone.
Peter: Must have been a sense of that moment that you're never going to have to have all that stuff glued on your face.
Jed: I'd do it all again tomorrow
Peter: Oh well, there you go. You're probably the only Dwarf that ever says that Jed.
Jed: I don't know, I think we all really enjoyed it actually. (applause from the crowd) We, um, we have another very well dressed gentleman here who's going to ask you another probing question.
Fan #7: Hello
Fan #7: Good to see you here. I just wanted to say first of all, thank you for putting this on for the fans, I don't think I've ever seen a Director of a movie get this much fan involvement before the movie comes out, so thank you from everybody here I think. (loud applause) The question I had was and it's sort of been answered already by the blog you've just put on, um, when the extended dvd boxed set/blu ray now comes out with it's six movies, all of them are we going to see a really long extended blooper reel finally for the Lord of the Rings?
Peter: Um, yeah, I mean I hope so, we have been, we, I can't even remember why, but there was a decision made back in the Lord of the Rings days, cause we did a lot of those behind the scenes, um, all those behind the scenes documentaries not to have bloopers on them and I can't even remember the reason why, wasn't for any particular moral reason. Um, but they are very very funny, I mean, you know, they are very very funny and there are a lot of them, um, because, we sort of, there were the bloopers which you imagine happen where people make mistakes and , um, some people are funnier when they make mistakes than other people, but you know. Um, Ian McKellen in particularly, tends to, he doesn't find it funny when he makes mistakes, but everyone else does, which is kind of, and there's a lot of that on these clips, but, um, it, there's also pranks. I mean, the other thing with bloopers is that we do a lot of pranks where the cameras are rolling and do stuff, with that, people are expecting it. Practical jokes and things. So yeah, there's a, there is a point where there will be a boxed set and, um, hopefully, that will, certainly I would love the bloopers to be on that boxed set. And we've got a lot of bloopers from this movie too, cool. Oh yes, oh yes, we have.
Fan #7: Certainly looking forward to them.
Peter: So, yeah, the answer to your question is basically that, that I certainly hope so. I mean, you see, the tricky thing with the Lord of the Rings and it's actually, um, is that they were shot on 35mm film, so all of the bloopers were shot on film and that negative is about 7 million feet of it, is in some vault in Arizona somewhere, like it's the actual negative, the image. So the bloopers really exist on vhs tapes and things which ten years ago was how things were done and the picture quality of the bloopers isn't going to be that great unfortunately.
Fan #7: We don't mind
Peter: You don't mind (laughter from crowd) No, it's really the audio that counts, it's the audio that's really the thing and that's fine.
Jed: It's all in my fridge actually Peter. I've got it all at home. Um, you were going to introduce the next little extended edition of the blu-ray.
Peter: Um, yeah, talking about documentaries and the blu-rays, is it tomorrow the Extended Edition of The Hobbit comes out, um, or very soon anyway, I get confused about these things, I'm so busy I'm on a completely different movie at the moment. Um, so, at the, and there is, um, we just thought it would be fun to put up on the big screen one of the clips from the first Hobbit movie extended cut and ah, it's a scene that was always supposed to be in the theatrical, I mean, these, these, extended cut scenes are never ever shot because we're gonna put them into an extended cut. I mean, that never ever happens. You're literally, everything is designed for the movie and I particularly wanted to, um, feature the, Dwarves attitude and disrespect for the Elves, because having, you know, having been to Rivendell once before ten years ago, I wanted to somehow put these group of Dwarves into Rivendell and you know, do they respect the Elves? No. Do they like the Elves? No. Do they really care? No. So, so I wanted that attitude to kind of come through more so than just kind of an aggressive kind of, you know, stand off. So, um, we devised a sequence that features Jimmy, that features Bofur and he's singing a song and, um, and it ended up coming out of the movie really purely just because of pace, purely because it, that was, we just didn't really feel that, um, that in the theatrical, the pacing, you really just try and focus on. But the wonderful thing with extended editions is that all this stuff can be put back into the movie. I know a lot of people regard these as being the definitive version of the movie. And um, just to give you a bit of background to this song, it's a song that Bofur sings at Rivendell, we wanted the words to be from Tolkien and the best words, we wanted some sort of a pub song and the best words we could think of is, um, The Man in the Moon,which is a song that is sung by Frodo is it in the Fellowship of the Ring, I think? Um, who knows? Somebody here must know? Surely, the whole room must knows. Yeah, and the, um, and so we still used those lyrics because they sort of seemed right, they still seemed to fit in this context. But in terms of the tune, um, Jimmy has a wonderful voice and he's something of a musician, sort of, he's got a lovely kind of a musical quality about him. So we invited him around to our house on a Sunday, before we shot it and, um, Fran and Jimmy kind of talked about the song. And we just basically said to Jimmy, look why don't you come up with the tune, why don't you come up with the actual, not the words, but put the words to some sort kind of a catchy tune. And, um, Jimmy took that on and this the results. Shall we have a look at it?
Extended Edition scene plays
Anderson: We're going to go back to Wellington, because Peter has some more surprises for everybody. But I gotta say I'm very inspired by the fact that Peter Jackson is not wearing any shoes, so I'm just going to take off my shoes, cause I feel like I should, I don't know, honour that. So, Peter thanks very much I appreciate it. Keep going, I don't (lots of laughter which covers some comment) , you're not ready for the paleness believe me. Yeah, it's like the solar eclipse you have to hid your eyes, special glasses are needed. Um, so before we wrap this up, we do have a couple of surprises, Peter has a couple of surprises for fans participating around the world. Again I just want to thank everybody who's gathered in Los Angeles, I hope you've had a great time there in Los Angeles and in London as well, we've got an awesome time there and also in New Zealand and here in New York, are you having a good time so far? (audience cheers madly) We are, ah, the #HobbitFanEvent is trending here in the United States on Twitter. Ah, um, I thought Orlando was about to take of his shoes, I thought I saw.
Orlando: I was going to take off the rest of my clothes
Anderson: Oh ok (laughs) We're going to go back to Peter in Wellington, Peter.
Jed: Thanks Anderson. Um, I"m not taking my shoes off cause these socks are two days old. Um, but, Peter you do have ah, some other surprises for us, don't you?
Peter: Well, I mean, first of all I'd just like to thank everybody who has been tuning in online, because we're just about to say good-bye to the online folk and thanks very much to Evangeline, Richard, Orlando, Lee, Luke, Andy and Jed for, um, for participating in this event, um, and I think we're just going to say good-by to our online people?
Jed: We are, good-bye
Jed: Thanks for joining us
Online coverage ends and Sneak Peak starts