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Two articles in the Dominion Post: Interview with Martin Freeman......


Nov 9 2012, 8:26pm

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Two articles in the Dominion Post: Interview with Martin Freeman...... Can't Post

and Behind the Scenes.


Tol Eressea

Nov 10 2012, 3:29am

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I've just read them both... thanks for sharing!// [In reply to] Can't Post


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Nov 10 2012, 3:46am

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Is it just me [In reply to] Can't Post

Or did NONE of the two million on set reporters come back with any new, or interesting, information?


Nov 10 2012, 5:00am

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Non Disclosure Agreement? [In reply to] Can't Post

I assume they all had to sign it.
But there was one intriguing reference in the Martin Freeman interview. I'm surprised that nobody has commented on it.


Nov 10 2012, 5:09am

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I didn't notice anything [In reply to] Can't Post

Do tell.


Nov 10 2012, 5:13am

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Unless you mean this [In reply to] Can't Post

Freeman has been able to have some input into Bilbo's character. ''I have a fair amount of input. I'm very clear about who is the boss: me.
''I'm very clear that Peter's in charge, and he knows this world better than I do, or better than anyone else does, who's likely to make it in to a film.[But] God, it would have been horrendous to take on a job of this magnitude for this long, to be this far away from my family, to just be told what to do. That'd be awful. So, yeah, I always make sure I cut out enough elbow room for me to get involved, but I completely respect him.
''Everything has to please him [Jackson], but it also has to please me. I guess he's in charge of that, but I'm a close second in terms of my own judgement, and my work, and my own choices for Bilbo. But yeah, there were early moments in the filming where we had to negotiate where I thought Bilbo was and where Peter thought he was. And where Peter thought he was was kind of a surprise to me. I was like, 'Okay. That wasn't quite where I was looking at.'''

Honestly, I trust Freeman's instincts more than PJ's...But that may just be me...

The Shire

Nov 10 2012, 6:45am

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I noticed that part... [In reply to] Can't Post

...it seems that Martin Freeman is just very candid. The actors from LOTR talked about having input with the writers, and with PJ - in their various ways they all mentioned ideas they had, etc... I think this is more of that kind of thing. Something the reporters said prompted that particular reply, maybe.

Tol Eressea

Nov 10 2012, 8:44am

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I think Moahunter might mean this: [In reply to] Can't Post

Martin Freeman:
'[We] were going from Stone Street [Studio's in Wellington's Miramar] up to the set at Mt Crawford, [to] the set of Dale, in a car. [I was] just kind of wondering why people were doing that to me. And I was like, 'Yeah, I'm dressed as Bilbo Baggins'.

Tol Eressea

Nov 10 2012, 9:22am

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In "Behind the Scenes in The Hobbit", this is new, I think. [In reply to] Can't Post

Re: orcs:
"Their makeup and prosthetics look unfinished in The Hobbit, orc faces are transformed by computer-generated visual effects but they still look menacing."

And this about prosthetics:
"We're using a product called Plat Gel, and it's pretty amazing stuff. It's a lot easier to work with, it's much more durable than what it was, because John Rhys-Davies, he wore a silicon face with gelatin eye bags. By the middle of the day, we always had to replace the eye bags because of the heat. The body heat would just melt it away and expose the silicon underneath. So these are actually waterproof, sweatproof, heatproof, everything-proof, basically. Fireproof. And they look fantastic on."

And the comments by Freeman about not really being left alone in Wellington are pretty funny.

A well-written and entertaining article. It gave a real sense of what it's like to wander around a studio, the people to be met and the day-to-day happenings.

Perhaps you've been well and truly Hobbit saturated, amico mio. There is a hint of ennui in your complaint. Evil

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Nov 10 2012, 5:31pm

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MrCere certainly did [In reply to] Can't Post

but they were working on films 2 & 3 while he was there, so he can't share anything until after the first film is released. Stay tuned...

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