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A PB Q & A - not sure if posted before


Jan 5 2014, 3:42am

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A PB Q & A - not sure if posted before Can't Post


(This post was edited by Ataahua on Jan 5 2014, 9:51am)


Jan 5 2014, 6:49am

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That is new- Thanks! [In reply to] Can't Post

Pretty extensive, too. I think they go over pretty much every aspect of the film!

Without the high and noble the simple and vulgar is utterly mean; and without the simple and ordinary the noble and heroic is meaningless

As far as any character is 'like me' it is Faramir–except that I lack what all my characters possess: Courage.

A small knowledge of history depresses one with the sense of the everlasting mass and weight of human iniquity


Jan 5 2014, 7:43am

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Great interview, thanks for posting! // [In reply to] Can't Post


Tol Eressea

Jan 5 2014, 2:08pm

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Cool! - very interesting, thanks! // [In reply to] Can't Post


"Choosing Trust over Doubt gets me burned once in a while, but I'd rather be singed than hardened."
¯ Victoria Monfort


Jan 5 2014, 2:23pm

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

There were a number of interesting things said in that interview but one caught my eye.

"One thing Pete didn’t want to do was to continue the ‘road movie’ feel. He wanted the Dwarves to arrive at a location pretty quickly. It was about the obstacles that come at them to stop them from achieving their goal, which is to get to The Lonely Mountain, get inside and retrieve the Arkenstone."

So less time was spent with Beorn and in Mirkwood in order to get to the destination. I can see that - AUJ is about the journey and DoS about meeting Smaug. Thranduil is one of the obstacles, and Bard and the Master to some extent.

Ending the original first movie after Barrels out of Bond would have meant that only the Laketown sequence lay between the Dwarves and the Dragon.


Jan 5 2014, 3:37pm

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Thanks, that's really fascinating, and there's so much there. [In reply to] Can't Post

I think this is especially interesting. I haven't seen anyone identify leadership as one of the themes of this films, but when you think about it, it does run through it (and through AUJ as well). Here's the quote, referring particularly to Laketown and Bard :

It’s part of the theme that runs through this film. It’s about leadership and what makes for a natural leader. We have the wonderful Stephen Fry playing the Master of Lake-town, who is the epitome of a disastrous leader. In contrast to the Master, you have Bard, someone who people naturally turn to. There’s an instinctive quality about him. It’s not about someone who’s the biggest or the loudest or even the strongest. It’s about someone who has real courage, decency, and empathy for those around him. Luke immediately brought those qualities to this character.

It's also nice to see PB talking at some length about working with Howard Shore, and his contribution to the films.


Jan 6 2014, 1:28am

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I liked the bit about Mikael Persbrandt [In reply to] Can't Post

She really speaks highly of him. I am hoping that means there is a lot come and also a lot that was cut out of DoS that will be back in for the EE.


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