THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Press Conference, Hall H Panel & Teaser Trailer (SDCC Exclusive)

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Posted 07/28/2014 by alicemarvels in Behind the scenes
The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies SDCC Press Conference
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During the press conference for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Peter Jackson declared it was his favorite of the series.”By the time we are done with this film, I think it will be the most emotional, the most tense of the three – I think it’s my favorite of the three. When you get to the end of it, it’s going to feel like the right time to hand over the future of the ring. I was always very much aware of it being a six film set. There was always a sense that one day, long after all this is over, if it’s going to exist in the world it will be as this six film series – that’s how future generations are going to think of them. It starts with The Unexpected Journey and ends with Return of the King.”

Ian McKellen chimed in on the legacy of the six films. “Peter has made a series of classic films. It’s not a franchise. It’s a series of stories that all link together. I’d just like to say something else because it seems to be underneath many of these questions is ‘What is like to be in Middle-earth?’ I thought about this the other night, and I thought, ‘Oh, I’d love to be there!’ and I said, ‘Well hang on, I was there.’ But actually I wasn’t, it was the characters that were there. Middle-earth is actually in our hearts. And aren’t we lucky to have been, more than anyone else, even the director, we are actually there – it’s the snow falling on our boots, grass under our feet and the wind blowing in our faces. Of course, everybody else wants to be there too, that’s why they ask questions.”

Martin Freeman discussed playing Bilbo over three movies, with a bit of his trademark dry humor. “It gives you the opportunity to grow and expand inside what you’re doing, and I love to grow and expand inside Bilbo…[giggles]….what?! That’s the truth, I’m only telling the truth and now I’m being persecuted for it. And I think we know another man that happened to, don’t we? We have a long time to play and discover things our characters do, we don’t just have five minutes.”

When asked whether books for children are written today of the same caliber as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Phillippa Boyens brought up Evangeline Lilly’s new novel The Squickerwonkers, heartily recommending it.

The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies SDCC Hall H Panel

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After a rousing introduction by Stephen Colbert, noted Tolkien fanboy, the Hall H panel began, which included Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Smaug, and an old familiar face from the first set of movies, Elijah Wood, who plays Frodo.

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As Peter Jackson discussed bringing these films to the big screen over such a long period of time, and the incredible journey it has been, Colbert called him out on what he owes fans.

“I just want to complain to you again, as I have before, that since The Hobbit was one book that became  three movies, technically, you owe us six more movies from the trilogy.”

Peter replied, “I’m sure if Warner could find a way to do that, they’d be very very happy.”

After complimenting the agelessness of Elijah, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly and Cate Blanchett, it was time to talk elves and their immortality. “Do you have to put yourselves in the mind of an immortal when you do this? Do you have pity for the rest of your cast mates?”

Cate replied “Look I was just grateful to get a job in this one, I thought my time in this world was over.”

“Yeah, you and me both!” said Orlando.

Getting to Benedict (and a round of fangirl squeals), Colbert asked him about the benefit to doing motion capture. “You’re free to make a complete fool of yourself. You can lose yourself in your imagination. You don’t have to hit marks. It’s much harder what these guys are doing with green screens. I was just throwing myself round a carpeted floor like a lunatic.”

Andy chimed in with his advice, “Just make sure you don’t get carpet burns.”

Colbert asked if any of the actors came to the stories for the first time through the films. Elijah admitted he hadn’t read the books. “Elijah, do you know how to read?!” asked Colbert.

Evangeline Lilly had read the books. “I loved reading Lord of the Rings so much when I was young, and when I got about 25 pages from the end of Return of the King I took my book and I closed it reverently, and I said I will never read those pages because this story must go on. And I’ve never read those pages.”

 

Hall H Teaser Trailer

The new teaser Hall H Comic Con trailer for THE HOBBIT: BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES is online now and ready for our viewing pleasure. Let’s get into it!

 

We see all our familiar faces dealing with a post-Smaug attack world.

 

THE HOBBIT: BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES trailer SmaugThorin is ready for WAAAAAAR.

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Bard the Bowman seems on the fence.

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Bilbo is wishing he were at Bag End, having cozy meals instead of fighting evil.

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Like these guys.

THE HOBBIT: BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES trailer War

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Tauriel and Legolas are most likely going to take up the fight, and look fabulous doing it.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies hits theaters on Dec. 17.

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11 Comments


  1.  

    This whole Tolkien train totally flew right by me! I know, I know, I’m weird and there are no excuses. I don’t know when I’ll find the time to catch up, but I do know that I will. And wow, that is one impressive trailer. I adore the music, and the appearance of Legolas is very convincing!




  2.  

    I watch these movies and think, I’d be one of the hobbits, happy at home in my adorable hobbit hole with my books and dogs and no big monsters chasing after me. But I’ll go see the movie!!




  3.  

    Love the shots and can’t wait to catch up with movies.




  4.  

    AHHH I’M SO EXCITED!

    Also, I’m completely stopped trying to subscribe or find movie news on my own since you do such a fantastic job of it. Thanks! 😀




  5.  

    I can’t wait for this one!!! It can’t get here fast enough. 🙂




  6.  

    THIS IS SO AMAZING! I’m so excited for this one and I really cannot wait to see it. This trailer is so awesome. Great post! 🙂




  7.  

    I have watched it 4 time already 😉




  8.  

    Whoa! Scary and intense. I can’t wait.




  9.  

    YESSS. So excited for this!




  10.  

    ACK! I’m so behind on watching these! I still haven’t seen the first movie (the Hobbit, I’ve seen the ring movies).





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