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Dean O'Gorman at Melbourne Comic Con


Jul 19, 7:07am

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While being amongst the largest cons in Australia, Melbourne Comic Con is not a patch on the large US conventions in many ways. It can’t attract the major stars and key industry players, though I’m sure it’s had a jolly good try, and as its role is more nostalgic, you won’t get teasers, trailers, and panels promoting upcoming releases. The benefits however!. At a relatively small entry fee, you can stroll up on the day, and queue for maybe 45 minutes for entry. The crowds look quite substantial – yet for entrance to popular panels, queue-time is counted in minutes, not hours. Or if you don’t mind hanging near the back, just wander right on in once the thing is underway.

The ‘minor stars’ are so lovely and accessible and interesting. One of the highlights of my day was quality time listening to Game of Thrones’ Daniel Portman and Kristian Nairn (Podrick / Hodor).

And the other was, of course, my main reason for being there: Heart

Approx 20 worthwhile minutes queuing to see Dean O'Gorman scored me a seat in the second row – though there was a polite scramble of fangirls, elbows flying and leaping over fold-up chairs, to get there.
I had an unencumbered view, as the seat in front of me, reserved for a premium-pass holder, was never filled. This mysterious red ninja never spoke or moved a muscle, and Dean later declared him, with a laugh, to be a trifle unnerving.

Clutching a coffee, Dean was very chatty and down to earth in a ‘Kiwi guy’ way that is very familiar to me. He dived straight in to answer questions and tell stories of life on the TH shoot, and these are some of the things I remember:

LaughThere was a lot of camaraderie on set, and cast often pranking each other. Such as taking the backs out of each other’s chairs in the chill out zone, and stealing each other’s props. There’s a scene where the cameras started rolling and William Kircher suddenly realized his hammer had been uplifted, so he improvised, and in the background of the scene, you can see him making hammering actions yet holding nothing! (wish I could remember what scene Dean mentioned – also think that Bifur would be the one who could get away with it!)

LaughMartin was often naughty and doing silly things to distract the dwarves while the cameras were on them. Dean said it was hard to keep a straight face, but he didn’t want to be that person who stuffed up the shot and got the ‘note from PJ’ over the speakers (as he often might be directing remotely). Aiden however never got caught, and there were some shots where he is grinning straight to camera, amused by Martin’s off-camera antics.

ShockedIt was very hot and uncomfortable in the dwarf suits. During the Mirkwood scene where Legolas is disarming Gloin in the forest and looking at his wife & son pictures, poor Peter Hambleton threw up into his beard, right in front of Orlando.

ShockedSpeaking of beards, those wearing fake beards (and also the fake hands) simply could not feel if they had food in their beards during the meal breaks. And food was constantly in them – the makeup staff would use chopsticks to pick the morsels out. Aiden and Richard had their own facial hair of course, and were the envy of the others.

SmileDean was worried about fainting while in the harness during the troll fight scene (as, he said, he has a ‘tendency towards fainting’) Thankfully he didn’t, but he was nervous about performing the physical stuff well, especially after a very awkward landing while on his second day on set, and his inability to land properly on a spider’s back.

SmileHe and Aiden did 47 takes of the scene at Bilbo’s door.

LaughThe eagle riding scene was filmed (as you may know from the EE appendices) with him and Aiden riding a giant green-screen beanbag. It was hilarious, yet as soon as ‘action’ was called, Aiden would pull a great ‘Blue Steel’.

SmileFili and Kili have some fun action sequences coming up in BotFA. Dean said he wouldn’t mind doing a buddy movie with Aiden.

LaughHe realized after the AUJ premiere how popular the movies were, when he went from having three Twitter followers to seven.

Blush At – I think the London premiere – he got to meet Prince William. (Mark Hadlow was tremendously excited as he is a big royalty fan, and had his naval uniform on) Dean told of how meeting Prince William was actually quite an awkward moment. PW said to him “Have you been the studios?” Dean did not know what studios he meant – surely he couldn’t be speaking of Wellington because of COURSE he’d been there, for months on end. So he thought PW must be referring to something in London and said “no I haven’t, your highness.” Then PW looked at him funny and said “I’ve been there, it’s is terrific – you really should see it.” Then they stood looking at each other in a second or two of completely awkward realization of incomprehension. Then PW went to move off, and Dean said “Great to meet you, mate”, then nearly died of embarrassment of his use of casual Kiwi vernacular to royalty.

And that’s not even half of what he talked about - the 50 minutes were up too quickly!


'People don't know where I begin and latex ends, which has always been an ambition for me.' (Martin Freeman)

Subject User Time
Dean O'Gorman at Melbourne Comic Con Kerewyn Send a private message to Kerewyn Jul 19, 7:07am
    Thanks for sharing! Kim Send a private message to Kim Jul 19, 7:15pm
    47 takes?? Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Jul 19, 10:22pm
        One more for...er, 46 more for luck! Kim Send a private message to Kim Jul 20, 6:21am
            Yep, 47! Kerewyn Send a private message to Kerewyn Jul 20, 6:39am
        No prob, it's a pleasure to share :) Kerewyn Send a private message to Kerewyn Jul 20, 6:44am
        I've heard dean and aidan mention this before silvereyed Send a private message to silvereyed Jul 21, 6:14am
    Wow... 47? Lurker in the Mirk Send a private message to Lurker in the Mirk Jul 20, 7:03am
    thanks! Elanor of Rohan Send a private message to Elanor of Rohan Jul 20, 7:56am
        The "Heir to the Throne of Erebor" Meets Bombadil Send a private message to Bombadil Jul 20, 8:52pm
        No.. Kerewyn Send a private message to Kerewyn Jul 21, 12:40pm
    What a guy! Delightful!!! :D grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Jul 26, 11:37am


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