In case you haven’t yet had enough behind the scenes looks at The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, here’s another to check out. This one is over 11 minutes long, with a look at various points throughout the film: the spiders and Mirkwood, Laketown, and Smaug inside the Lonely Mountain. The part showing the Woodland Realm does focus a little on Lee Pace as Thranduil, particularly his relationships with Thorin and Tauriel. For those who like seeing production goodies – including a bunch of dwarves fighting invisible spiders – it’s worth a watch.
With award show season upon us (and the Oscars quickly approaching), movie studios are heavily promoting the best of their films. Among them is The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, which Warner Brothers has submitted for award consideration. In fact, you can see a list of their hopeful nominees right here.
Several short “For Your Consideration” videos have been posted online, each including a certain segment up for an award. Lee Pace is featured in a few of them, either conducting an interview or in some new behind the scenes footage (with talk about his character from production designers).
I am unable to embed these videos for now, but you can watch them by clicking on a still image of each one. Above is the Directing video, promoting Peter Jackson; you can also find one for Costume Design and another for Makeup & Hairstyling below. It seems many people loved working on Lee as the striking Elvenking, Thranduil.
True to his word, Peter Jackson & Co. have released the fourteenth production video for the Hobbit trilogy. This one focuses entirely on composing the film(s) and shows the orchestras working in the same location used for the first, Lord of the Rings trilogy. You won’t find behind the scenes, on set goodies in this one, but no worries: although this is the last production video of 2013, there will be more in the coming year.
Scans courtesy of Joyce.
In a new, short interview with Total Film magazine, Lee Pace talks about Guardians of the Galaxy — including what to expect from his alien warlord character, Ronan the Accuser. “He’s a true villain,” he says. He also talks about his interest in comics as a kid and even teases readers about his upcoming AMC drama, “Halt & Catch Fire.”
In the past 12 months, you’ve gone from sharing the screen with a dragon to appearing alongside a raccoon…
A raccoon with a machine gun! It’s been quite an interesting year. I don’t know if Ill ever play a human again! I was a vampire in Twilight, the King of the Elves in The Hobbit, and now an alien warlord in Guardians of the Galaxy…
You play the movie’s big bad, Ronan the Accuser. Was that a fun experience?
It was awesome! That movie’s going to kick ass! We’ve just knocked it out of the park; it’s going to be wild! I kept looking over at [director] James Gunn saying, “Is it too much? Am I over the top? Pull be back whenever you’re ready!” and he was just like, “More, more!” He’s a true villain!
Were you a comic book fan when you were growing up?
I’m a very curious person; I don’t leave any stone unturned. I remember being interested in comics, and I really liked the Silver Surfer. Guardians of the Galaxy is a bit deeper into the Marvel Universe, which I think is to its advantage. Iron Man was something that people were not super-familiar with when that movie first came out. I think people are certainly going to like this film, and I certainly hope they do. It’s fun!
You’re also starring in “Breaking Bad” producers Melissa Bernstein and Mark Johnson’s new AMC drama, “Halt & Catch Fire,” which is about the beginning of the personal computer industry…
I’m excited about playing what is going to be a very complicated character over a lot of years; to keep digging deeper and trying to find out more about who he is. It’s set in the early 80s, which was a fascinating time in American history, so it’ll be a cool world to play in. “Halt and catch fire” is a very early computing command, which means to shut down.
The thirteenth installment of The Hobbit production videos shows a lot of footage from The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug — but don’t expect a full Smaug reveal, unless you’ve seen the movie itself. As always, there are great behind the scenes looks, including the impressive set design for Smaug’s lair filled with golden treasures. There’s no sign of Lee Pace as Thranduil in this one; but, as always, this is worth a watch if you’re invested in the franchise.
I’ve caught up on the major Lee Pace updates, including a bunch of new additions to the press archive. There are several newly added articles and interviews available to read, mostly as part of The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug promotion (although there’s a smattering of Guardians of the Galaxy as well). You can find a list of the various press pieces below; I strongly encourage you to check out the pieces on their source page if it’s an option:
• CLICK, Dec. 9 2013: Dwarf vs Elf: The Real Battle in Middle-earth
• NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, Dec. 8 2013: Evangeline Lilly’s Hobbit Temptation
• TIMEOUT, Dec. 7 2013: The Hobbit‘s Clash of the Kings
• F*** MAGAZINE, Nov. 2013: The Hobbit: Elves vs Dwarves
• SFX, Jan. 2014: Lee Pace: “It’s Fun to Play a Badass!”
• Click, Dec. 11 2013: Uncut Interview: Lee Pace
• BEST MOVIE, Nov. 2013: The Father of Legolas
• F*** MAGAZINE, Nov. 2013: Pacing his Elf
• SKIP, Nov. 2013: Into the Woods
• Popcorn, Oct./Nov. 2013: Lee Pace Talks Thranduil
If you thought the LEGO Mirkwood Elf Army was cool, check out this 1/6 sale statue presented by Weta. This polystone statue of Lee Pace’s Thranduil is hand-painted and offered as a limited 1,000-count edition. These Weta designs take “approximately 400-500 hours to design, sculpt, model-make, mold, and paint the prototype for each new character.” The statue is currently being offered on Weta’s website for $275.
In case you’ve already seen The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and you’re looking for something else to whet your appetite before the conclusion to Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, Canal+ has released this lengthy (~24 minute) special feature. Although the content is in French – including the dubbed narration throughout – there is some great behind the scenes footage throughout. At 11:41, they start talking about Thranduil’s costume, mentioning that his cloak was meant to mimic patina (he is an old elf) and how beautiful-yet-dangerous objects like antlers are perfect for the Elvenking. Wait for the part immediately after, where Lee jokes with his hair and makeup person.
I’ve added four scans from the official movie guide of The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug to the gallery. (These HQ scans are courtesy of yuna-ya — thank you!) The guide features what is essentially a Lee Pace article, complete with background on him as an actor and quotes on his Tolkien character, Thranduil. There are also some pictures, including a behind the scenes look of Thranduil on his throne and a great promo shot of him wielding his sword.
If you’ve ever wanted to have Lee Pace’s likeness in LEGO form, then you’re in luck: his character, Thranduil, has been immortalized by the iconic company. Check out two “action shots” of his design above. The Hobbit trilogy is getting many LEGO treatments, which you can view on their official site. There’s also a page specifically for the Mirkwood Elf Army, which shows a better closeup of Thranduil. Interested in purchasing a set yourself? It’s available here for $29.99.