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In a fantastic new interview with, well, Interview Magazine, Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory” spoke to Lee Pace for a very easy-going conversation. They talked about Lee’s latest foray into Middle-earth with The Hobbit trilogy and tech-savvy Joe Macmillan in AMC’s “Halt And Catch Fire” — and even dabbled into Lee’s youth, including early runs at Houston’s Alley Theatre. Lee and Jim have known each other for years – they starred together in the Tony Award-winning play, The Normal Heart – and it creates for an easy rapport. Check out an excerpt of the interview below before heading to the source:
PARSONS: For a TV show – maybe for any project, but certainly for a continuing TV show – it is the people, the characters, that people want to see.
PACE: It’s about this American identity of the hunger for success and ambition and failure. We live in this culture where everyone’s just trying to get it right all the time: You’re trying to get right with God, you’re trying to be the right person, you’re trying to do this right, that right. And no one ever will. I really applaud the writers for writing these characters who are in the thick of trying to weed through the competition of their ambition versus their heart and their fallibility and their inadequacies and mediocrity and their desire to be more than they are. It’s the greys on this show that I find most interesting. You find yourself trying to categorize things – it’s this; it’s that – but it’s not that. It’s a grey thing that we all live through with the passage of time and our faulty record of memory.
PARSONS: And like you say, anything that I can think of that any human is trying to do, is aim for some sort of “perfection,” and that’s not going to happen.
PACE: The show is about innovation, the march into the future. It’s impossible to think about that without really weighing the lasting impact of the past and the complicated conditions of the present.
On Monday (December 15th), Lee Pace stopped by “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” to promote his latest movie, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. During the (admittedly short) interview, he talked extensively of his parents’ cameo in the final Hobbit movie — and how, ultimately, they were taken out of the final cut. (Here’s to seeing them as Laketown extras in the extended edition!) You can watch a clip of his appearance on Kimmel’s show above or, if you’re able to verify your TV provider, the full episode is here.
There’s been an influx of press pieces with Lee Pace, promoting his latest release The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Instead of bogging down LPO with walls of texts, I’ve instead collected all his recent articles and interviews in this one update; I’ll also be adding any others here unless they’re lengthy features (or videos). I’ll also be adding everything to the press archive for easy access, although I encourage visiting and supporting the sources first.
Nearly a week ago, on December 11th, Lee Pace joined Richard Armitage for their second joint Q&A of the day — this one, following an IMAX screening in New York. Together, they talked about their movie The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies (now in theaters). Los Angeles Times was there, both hosting the event as part of their “Hero Complex” screening series and even filming it for those fans unable to attend.
A a six-minute video of the Q&A has just been released, showing a lengthy portion of Lee’s answer to a fan’s question; I’m still hoping they’ll release the full interview soon. Because I’m unable to embed the video, you’ll have to click the image above (or click here) to be sent to LA Time’s website.
EDIT: Appears the video has been taken offline. Hopefully LA Times will put it back up — and the whole interview this time.
Back on December 3rd, Lee Pace was involved with a live Q&A via @TheHobbitMovie — and he was hilarious. The event must have been a hit, as he was asked back for another round of answering fan questions on Twitter earlier today (December 15th). Once again, unsurprisingly, he was full of charm; Lee’s Hobbit co-star Richard Armitage even jumped in with a couple of questions, which opened and closed the Q&A session. You can read the full transcript below:
@RCArmitage what music was playing and what drink was over served at the Elf party when 13 dwarves and hobbit slipped through your fingers
@leepace Good question! The soundtrack to Footloose. Dorwinion wine. But you knew that, Thorin.
@AlessiaCrawley Hi Lee! One thing you are a geek about?
@leepace Burgers. Any recommendations?
@GDMaryKidd What was your first thought when you met @Thranduart? So awesome!
@leepace So impressed with his attention to detail. One of the best Thranduils I’ve seen.
Earlier this evening (December 11th), Lee Pace paired up with Richard Armitage for the first of two Q&As. As part of Apple’s “Meet the Actors” series, Lee and Richard took moderator and fan questions about their upcoming film, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, at the NYC SoHo Apple Store. There are photos from the Q&A in the gallery, and you can also download a free podcast and/or video from the iTunes Store right here. (If you’re unable to access the store, the video can be viewed on YouTube.)
Cinemax has a tradition of gathering co-stars promoting their recent project to conduct “60 Second” interviews with one another. This time, Lee Pace was paired up with his Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies co-stars – and fellow elves – Orlando Bloom (Legolas) and Evangeline Lilly (Tauriel). You can watch Lee’s interview above, and the two Q&As where he asks questions below. The interviews are quick and fun — and you can tell just how well these three get along with one another.
Lee Pace was on “The TODAY Show” this morning, December 11th, to help promote the upcoming US release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. He was alone among the Hobbit cast but fared well handling the three-person panel. He talked of his character, Thranduil, and the horse he rode named Moose that was later transformed into an elk in the movie. At three-minutes long, it’s a short interview, but worth checking out.
Also, for those looking for Lee’s interview on “The View” today: sadly, it did not happen. Luke Evans had dropped out due to illness, then Orlando Bloom, but both Lee and Richard Armitage were no-shows this morning. No worries, though; Lee booked an appearance with MTV’s Joshua Horowitz instead, so we can look forward to another great interview with him and Josh.
This evening (December 9th), Lee Pace attended the Los Angeles premiere for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. (I believe this is the last of the worldwide premiers for BOFA, sadly, with screening events yet to come.) Although he attended the event alone, co-star and friend Evangeline Lilly – who plays fellow elf Tauriel in the film – mentioned to @Hollywood that she and Lee got ready at her hotel room while listening to The Beatles on vinyl.
The premiere was a big one, with many cast members (and crew) in attendance. Among them: Richard Armitage, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Graham McTavish, Dean O’Gorman, composer Howard Shore, and director Peter Jackson. Jack Black, James Cameron, and Marcia Gay Harden were also at the premiere.
You can view many, many photos of Lee from the premiere in the gallery. (There are also some after-party pictures here.) Click below for some videos/interviews of Lee from the black carpet.
Last night (December 6th), Lee Pace attended the Canadian premiere of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in Toronto. He was joined by director Peter Jackson and writer/producer Philippa Boyens. Pictures from the red carpet have been added to the gallery, and you can also find interviews from the press line below. (There’s only one currently, but I’ll add more as they roll in.)