I don’t usually highlight current events but I like the balance and flow of this recent
Desolation of Smaug L.A. premiere interview.
The interview starts mid-conversation with a winning fan and her proclamation that she’s a “bad Asian” for skipping school to be at the black carpet event. Richard assures her that she’s a “good Asian”…
what does that even mean?
Richard then turns on the boyish charm, saying that Thorin gets to “screw up in the best way possible” during Gandalf’s absence in the film. It almost seems like he’s holding back a giggle there! No need to refrain on our account, Richard 😀
Talk of the Barrel scene is next, which Richard describes as a washing machine-with v8 engine-fairground ride. A washing machine with a v8 engine? That sounds promising! Three days worth of laundry (which is usually how far behind I am) could get done in no time!
Of course at that speed, the clothes would probably get ruined, but no matter;
more time for Richarding!
Speaking of fairground rides, why is there no Middle-Earth themed amusement park? If Harry Potter can charge unreasonable amounts of money to dine on turkey legs, why can’t Thorin?
Even I’d stand in line in the sweltering Florida heat for a chance to ride the barrels! I’d probably vomit afterwards but since Richard admitted to doing the same after filming scene #88, I could just pass it off as emulating my idol.
Next, Richard is asked: if you could play any other character in Tolkien’s world, who would it be and why? I did not expect his answer to be Smaug. It shouldn’t surprise me really, the way that Richard acts with his whole self. An opportunity to try his hand at performance-capture acting would probably be thrilling for him 😎
I found Richard’s reasoning for this answer interesting too,
to come at it from the flip-side, inhabiting that which led to Thorin’s downfall.
Personally, I’ve not had the desire to act as a quadruped for quite some time
but I’m sure my kids would argue that I’ve mastered the “breathes fire” part expertly.
Cheeky Armitage shows himself when the Stoned Mirkwood scene is mentioned, pointing out the relevance in relation to the “relaxation of Marijuana laws in America at the moment” but Interview Richard steps in to cut the delivery short 😉
The interview ends with Richard explaining how playing Thorin taught him to own a sense of humility and honor. He also found himself questioning his own judgments ,
just as Thorin was forced to look at himself and change
because of Bilbo.
Introspective, relatable Richard