‘Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’: Complete interviews, videos and photos

Jan. 03, 2014 | 1:54 p.m.
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Martin Freeman as Bilbo, from left, Jed Brophy as Nori and Richard Armitage as Thorin in a scene from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Mark Pokorny / Warner Bros.)

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Ian McKellen as Gandalf, left, and Sylvester McCoy as Radagast in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel and Orlando Bloom as Legolas in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (James Fisher / Warner Bros.)

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Richard Armitage as Thorin, left, and Dean O'Gorman as Fili in a scene from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Graham McTavish as Dwalin, left, Ken Stott as Balin, Martin Freeman as Bilbo, Richard Armitage as Thorin and William Kircher as Bifur in a scene from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Martin Freeman, left, and John Callen in a scene from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Mark Pokorny / Warner Bros.)

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Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Mark Pokorny / Warner Bros.)

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Ian McKellen as Gandalf, left, and Sylvester McCoy as Radagast in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Azog, portrayed by Manu Bennett through motion-capture technology, in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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William Kircher as Bifur, left, John Callen as Oin, Richard Armitage as Thorin and Ken Stott as Balin in a scene from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Stephen Fry as the Master of Lake-town, left, and Ryan Gage as Alfrid in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Peggy Nesbitt as Sigrid, Mary Nesbitt as Tilda and John Bell as Bain in a scene from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Azog, portrayed by Manu Bennett through motion-capture technology, in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel and Lee Pace as Thranduil in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in a poster for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel and Orlando Bloom as Legolas in a poster for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Ian McKellen as Gandalf in a poster for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield in a poster for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in a poster for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Ian McKellen as Gandalf in a poster for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Orlando Bloom as Legolas in a poster for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Lee Pace as Thranduil in a poster for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Luke Evans as Bard in a poster for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield in a poster for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in a poster for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” reigned at the box office during the holidays, earning more than $658 million worldwide since it opened Dec. 13.

The second installment in Peter Jackson’s planned trilogy based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s landmark 1937 novel chronicles Bilbo Baggins’ (Martin Freeman) journey through the dark and mysterious Mirkwood Forest and through Lake-town to help Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and his company of dwarfs reclaim their treasure-filled homeland from the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch).

The third and final movie, “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” is due in theaters Dec. 17.

Hero Complex counted down to “Desolation of Smaug” with exclusive interviews, videos and photo galleries.  Now that the spoiler-wary have had a chance to see “Smaug” in theaters, here’s a look back at our coverage leading up to its release.

GALLERIES

‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’: 60 images from Middle-earth

‘The Hobbit’ premiere: Peter Jackson, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans talk Smaug

Members of the cast and crew of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" attend the film's Los Angeles premiere in Hollywood. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

Members of the cast and crew of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” attend the film’s Los Angeles premiere in Hollywood. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

VIDEOS

‘Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’: Ian McKellen talks ‘scruffy’ Gandalf

‘Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’: Ian McKellen on his Tolkien legacy

‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ premiere: Watch red carpet live

Christopher Lee talks ‘Hobbit,’ ‘Wicker Man’ in Christmas video

‘Hobbit’ fan event: Jackson unveils ‘Desolation of Smaug’ footage

Cookie Monster stars in ‘Sesame Street’ ‘Lord of the Rings’ parody

‘Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ trailer shows dragon, Orlando Bloom

‘Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ trailer spotlights Cumberbatch

Peter Jackson, director of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," in Beverly Hills on Dec. 5, 2013. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Peter Jackson, director of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” in Beverly Hills on Dec. 5, 2013. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

INTERVIEWS & STORIES

Peter Jackson promises deeper characters, conflict for ‘Hobbit’ sequel

‘Hobbit’ star Martin Freeman on comedy in ‘Smaug,’ Bilbo’s Englishness

‘Hobbit’ star Benedict Cumberbatch on Smaug, his ‘porn star dragon’

‘Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’: Richard Armitage on Thorin’s madness

‘Hobbit’: Tolkien purist Evangeline Lilly talks new elf Tauriel

‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’: Joe Letteri talks dragons

‘Hobbit’ star Luke Evans talks ‘Smaug’: ‘It’s better than the first one’

‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’: Philippa Boyens talks Tauriel

‘Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ characters featured on stamps, coins

Comic-Con 2013: Evangeline Lilly chronicles her first day in San Diego

‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ release pushed to Dec. 17, 2014

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ complete coverage

– Noelene Clark and Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex

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