In a recent interview with SuperHeroHype, director James Gunn talks all things Guardians Of The Galaxy. The tone of the film is discussed, along with the wild selection of music used, but he also dips into casting for the film. The interviewer asked about Lee Pace in particular, giving Gunn the opportunity to explain why such a nice guy was cast as Ronan. Check out the excerpt below:
SHH: Lee Pace is playing completely against character, against type. He normally plays charming and likeable guys, so I would never expect him in a role like Ronan.
Gunn: Yeah, Lee auditioned for Star-Lord, and he did a really great job. I liked him a lot. Honestly, I just liked him as a guy a lot. We instantly got along. It’s an incredibly important aspect to filmmaking for me is that I like the people I’m working with. I’m making this movie for two years, then I have to travel and do press junkets and all of that stuff with these people. I want to be around people who I really enjoy, whether it’s the production heads or the actors. Lee was the guy who I just instantly hit it off with, so when we started casting Ronan, which we needed to cast really quickly, I called him up and I said, “Dude, will you put yourself on tape real quick and send it to me because I think that you’re a physically imposing guy.” That was the other thing. Lee is 6’5″. One of the problems with casting the rest of these roles is that Chris Pratt was the first person we cast, and Chris Pratt is enormous, you know? An actor like Jason Momoa would come, and he’s smaller than Chris, basically. So it’s like we had to have some people around Chris who would make him look somewhat small. Actors like Dave Bautista and Lee Pace are hard to come by, anybody that’s bigger than Chris.
The footage might have premiered at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend, but Warner Brothers has already (and so kindly) released the first trailer for The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies. This is the final installment in the epic story of The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings, so the film is meant to serve as a bridge between the two trilogies. It’s appropriate, then, that Pippin’s song (from Return Of The King) plays over the trailer. Lee Pace is featured sparingly, but we do get to see Thranduil wielding his sword. The Battle Of The Five Armies hits theaters December 17th.
Lee Pace spent his weekend in sunny San Diego, California as part of the annual event, Comic-Con. This year, along with some select cast and crew, his focus was to help promote the upcoming final installment in The Hobbit trilogy: The Battle Of The Five Armies. Co-stars at the event included Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Graham McTavish, Elijah Wood, and Andy Serkis; Peter Jackson and Philippa Boyens were also there.
(Fun fact: On Friday night/Saturday morning, Lee Pace and Andy Serkis stopped by Hall H to greet all the sleeping fans. They stayed from 2:30-3:30am, saying hello and taking pictures with all that were camping out in line, preparing for the Warner Brothers [among other] panels later that day. For more info, check out MTV; LPO also re-tweeted many fan accounts/pictures, in case you want to dig through tweets and check them out.)
You can find several photos from the event now in the gallery, including pics from the BOFA panel, press lines, and various interviews throughout the day. (Unofficially, via YouTube, you can view the BOFA panel.) Additionally, check below for a variety of videos featuring Lee Pace (and Hobbit cast) talking about the film.
There is a new video interview featuring Lee Pace now available to watch, courtesy of Trailer Addict. In the 5:40-long video, he talks all things Ronan — and working on the Guardians Of The Galaxy set in general (including working with director James Gunn and co-stars Chris Pratt and Karen Gillan). Definitely worth checking out to get some more backstory on his character.
Just two days after we got our first peek of Thranduil in The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, we’re getting another look — and this one’s even better. As part of Entertainment Weekly‘s 2014 Comic-Con guide, the third Hobbit film is featured in honor of its panel to be held at the annual comic and movie convention. There is an accompanying article, which reads:
STARRING: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, Lee Pace
DIRECTED BY: Peter Jackson
WHY WE’RE EXCITED: Jackson’s Middle-earth has its fair share of massive, technology-stretching battles, but co-writer Philippa Boyens promises that the final film in the Hobbit trilogy will be something we haven’t seen before. “Peter wanted a different flavor to this. It’s very shocking,” she says. “In Helm’s Deep, you get that almost unbearable tension of them waiting, but here it’s some real carnage.”
WHO’S HERE: The second installment didn’t make it to San Diego['s Comic-Con] last year, but this time around Hall H stands for Hobbit. Jackson is confirmed for the third film’s panel. “We’ve got some good stuff. I’m pretty excited,” says Boyens.
The stunning first poster for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies has just been released. Director Peter Jackson posted it on his Facebook earlier today, along with the caption: “Anyone else excited about San Diego Comic Con?” The poster is promotional material for the annual comic and film convention and features the dragon Smaug facing up with Bard The Bowman.
On the heels of San Diego Comic-Con, promo for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies is starting to heat up. After releasing a film still featuring Gandalf with Bard The Bowman in Entertainment Weekly, USA Today also debuted a new look at the upcoming film. This time, Lee Pace is featured — sort of. Thranduil is shown speaking to Gandalf (Ian McKellen), but we only see him from behind (and wearing his battle armor). It’s not much, but it’s a promising start. The Battle Of The Five Armies is the third and final installment of The Hobbit trilogy, and it’ll hit theaters December 17th.
The world premiere of Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy was held tonight (July 21st) at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Lee Pace was at the event, helping to the promote the movie in which he plays the villain, Ronan The Accuser. (Fans of his might know by now that he’s missed quite a few movie premiers throughout his career, so tonight was a special treat.) Plenty of co-stars were on hand, including Chris Pratt, Dave Batista, Benicio Del Toro, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Glenn Close, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, Vin Diesel, and Gregg Henry; director James Gunn was, of course, also in attendance.
Numerous pictures from the event have been added to the gallery. (ETA: Pictures from the after-party added.) Additionally, check out a video below, in which Lee was interviewed on the red carpet: