Yesterday, on December 1st, Lee Pace joined his impressive Hobbit cast to help ring in the world premiere of the final franchise installment: The Battle of the Five Armies. The huge premiere was held at Leicester Square in London, where throngs of diehand fans braved the cold to line up at the barricades. Lee attended the event with his mother and father — and even posted a selfie of them on his Twitter.
Others in attendance included Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, Sir Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Aidan Turner, Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Sylvester McCoy, James Nesbitt, John Bell, Adam Brown, Jed Brophy, Ryan Gage, Manu Bennett, writer/producer, Philippa Boyens, and director Peter Jackson.
Photos from the event have been added to the gallery, with hopefully more to come. You can also view some videos of Lee Pace from the green carpet below:
The long wait for a full-length theatrical trailer for The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies is finally over. The new footage shows extensive scenes from the (rumored-to-be epic) battle within the movie, including additional shots of Lee Pace as Thranduil (and his elk) along with Thorin Oakenshield’s descent and the would-be romance between Kili and Tauriel. Battle of the Five Armies hits theaters December 17th.
There is a new interview featuring Lee Pace, courtesy of Complex. While the main subject revolves mostly around AMC’s “Halt And Catch Fire” – what with the season one finale airing Sunday night – there’s also discussion of a few other projects. Namely, Lee once again talks about acting as Joe Macmillan versus a character like Ronan (as soon in Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy). Check out an excerpt below:
Is it fun for you to go back and forth from blockbuster like Guardians to a show where you’re doing a lot of character-based work?
I feel very fortunate to have that, very, very lucky because just for that reason. The characters are so different, the approach for the characters is so different. It’s not just about different people, it’s about a different way of working that I find very interesting, that I think I’ve had the good fortune to do. So, yeah, I love it!
Do you tend to gravitate toward characters you can see yourself in, or that are totally removed from how you think of yourself? Did you identify with Joe at all?
Like I said, it’s different ways of working. I never expected Joe to be, in a way, as close to me as he turned out to be, you know what I mean? When I read the beginning stuff, when I read the pilot and stuff, I didn’t think he was like me at all. But when I watched it back, when I watched what we had shot, I did feel like, “Oh, I understand that. I understand trying to walk into a new situation, starting a new endeavor, and maybe trying to be someone that you’re not. I get that.” I understand having a hard time connecting with someone that you care about deeply, and possibly losing them, and these are all things that Joe is going through.
I’m sorry, I kind of veered off away from your question, but I kind of do think… I don’t know, I like them both. They’re just different, very different. I’m definitely surprised at how much like me he is, and especially in this last episode. I mean I’m actor [laughs]; other characters, like Ronan, are about being something that’s not even human. But with a character like Joe, it’s a real study in humanity, and authenticity, and that’s the opportunity and that’s the important part, is to allow that authenticity in.
Yesterday evening (July 29th) Lee Pace headed to the Crosby Street Hotel to attend a special screening of Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy. Hosted by The Cinema Society (with Men’s Fitness and FIJI Water), the event sort of served as the unofficial New York premiere for the movie. Co-stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Vin Diesel were all in attendance.
Additionally, Oscar Isaac and, as promised, Seth Meyers (whom Lee had spent time with earlier in the day for his late night talk show debut) stopped by. Marvel’s recently crowned Ant-Man, Paul Rudd, and Lee’s Marmaduke co-star, Judy Greer, were both at the after-party, which reportedly served innovative Grey Goose cocktails named “Guardian Galactic” and “Marvel Royal.”
The Hollywood Reporter spoke to Lee at the event, who said of his Guardians character, Ronan: “He’s really just someone who is at odds with the heroes. With differences, if you’re not able to solve them through politics, you’ll end up solving them through a war.”
Last night (or this morning, depending on your perspective), Lee Pace made his very first late-night talk show appearance in front of a live studio audience. In order to help promote Marvel’s upcoming movie, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Lee spoke to Seth Meyers as part of NBC’s “Late Night.” He elaborated on the 2am wake-up call he and Andy Serkis performed at Comic-Con just several days ago, along with some discussion on “Halt And Catch Fire.” Lee is as charming as ever — and, thankfully, did not vomit.
Check out the interview below:
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.