‘Hobbit’ star Richard Armitage hopes film will stand ‘test of time’

March 19, 2013 | 2:30 p.m.

For his turn as dwarf king Thorin Oakenshield in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” actor Richard Armitage drew inspiration from a very different regal figure created not by J.R.R. Tolkien, but rather William Shakespeare.

“I was in a production of ‘Macbeth,’” Armitage told Hero Complex on the occasion of the film’s release last December. “So I went back to all my notes about ‘Macbeth,’ because I just felt there was something about that character unwinding that was relevant to Thorin unwinding in this story.”

Thorin, of course, plays a key role in the first of Peter Jackson’s planned three-part adaptation of Tolkien’s beloved 1937 children’s novel, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” which makes the trek to Blu-ray and DVD this week.

Audiences have a new opportunity to enjoy Armitage’s performance as the mighty warrior who joins forces with an initially reluctant Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) to reclaim his homeland and the treasure that’s been stolen by the dragon Smaug.

PHOTOS: Meet the dwarfs from ‘The Hobbit’

In the brief video above, Armitage says that he’s optimistic that the film will stand the “test of time” in the same way Jackson’s earlier Tolkien movies have.

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” opened in December and went on to gross more than $300 million at the domestic box office.

The second installment of the trilogy, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” is scheduled to journey into theaters Dec. 13, while the final film, “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” will be be released Dec. 17, 2014.

The final film originally had been set to open July 18, 2014.

— Gina McIntyre and Noelene Clark


hobbitauj keyart2 Hobbit star Richard Armitage hopes film will stand test of time PHOTOS: 60 images from ‘The Hobbit’

Stephen Hunter on Bombur’s blubber

Fili actor Dean O’Gorman talks sexy dwarfs

Andy Serkis: It was difficult to return to Gollum

Hair designer Peter King on dwarfs’ yak wigs

Sylvester McCoy’s loves: Radagast, ‘Doctor Who’

Costume designer’s favorite look? Radagast

Tami Lane on dwarf wrangling, silicone magic

Peter Jackson talks Smaug cameo in first film

Peter Jackson has ‘absolute belief’ in 48 frames


4 Responses to ‘Hobbit’ star Richard Armitage hopes film will stand ‘test of time’

  1. @jcatwindsor says:

    It was announced in Feb. that the opening for the final film in the trilogy has been moved to Dec. 18, 2014.

  2. Jessa says:

    Armitage did a great job as Thorin; can't wait to see how he'll bring in the slight madness Thorin has in the book. Richard always does a great job with every role he does!

  3. Marion Ziemke says:

    Shakespeare defined the classical attributes of characters, also their interaction with each other (hero, villain etc.) and their development during a story. This concept give characters credibility and substance.


  4. Jenny says:

    Hi could not agree with you more. Have watched Richard in Robin Hood, Spooks and Strike Back and Richard was fantastic and he really does a fantastic job as Thorin. Looking forward to seeing There And Back Again in December. Well done Richard looking forward to seeing you in more films. Take care. Hugs Jenny xxx

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

E-mail It
Powered by ShareThis