A brand new image from “The Hobbit” features Bilbo Baggins being surrounded by some very unexpected guests. The still looks to come from Bilbo’s first introduction to his 13 dwarf companions at Bag End, and he isn’t too pleased about it judging by the look on his face.
The one character noticeably absent from this photo is Gandalf, who led the introductions between the hobbit and the dwarves. Then again, the image is also missing nine of the other dwarves, so it seems like we’ll have to let it slide this time. Standing around Bilbo (Martin Freeman) from left to right are Bifur (William Kircher), Dwalin (Graham McTavish), Bofur (James Nesbit) and Oin (John Callen).
The still comes courtesy of Yahoo! Movies and was included in a new interview with Evangeline Lilly about her role in “The Hobbit.” Unsurprisingly, it was a bit harder for her to play Tauriel the elf than Kate the human on “Lost.”
“I can’t just be spontaneous, because there is nothing natural about being an elf,” Lilly said. “It’s not human, so I have to study to learn what it means to be this other creature.”
That required a lot of additional training. Lilly had to relearn everything from fighting to walking and talking in order to give a convincing performance as Tauriel.
“On top of my stunt training — which I need to learn how to be proficient with the bow and arrow, and with daggers, and in fighting orcs that are, you know, ten feet tall — I also have to learn the language of Elvish, and I have to learn an RP [Received Pronunciation] neutral English accent for when I speak English,” she said, adding that she spent “four times as much time preparing as I do actually shooting.”
This interview comes hot off the heels of a chat Lilly had with Entertainment Weekly about “The Hobbit” last week. In it, she said Tauriel would have a lot more screen time in “There and Back Again” than she does in “An Unexpected Journey.”
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