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Although that may not necessarily mean the end of the show – there reportedly has been interest expressed from other platforms – Lee was asked by Digital Spy about the show’s cancellation. He spoke about how it felt similar to the end of “Pushing Daisies” and how – regardless – he’s excited about Richard Armitage’s upcoming take on Francs Dolarhyde, the Red Dragon.
“I was so disappointed that ‘Hannibal’ was canceled,” he told Digital Spy. “It’s kind of brought back the memories of when ‘Pushing Daisies’ was canceled too soon. I just thought ‘What the hell? What do you have to do to win this?’
“I love what Bryan Fuller is doing with ‘Hannibal’; it’s such a smart show and so beautiful and cinematic. It’s got such a committed, loyal fan base. I’m really excited to see what Richard Armitage does when he comes on as the Red Dragon, because that’s such an awesome character.”
In a separate article with DS, Lee Pace talked about his take on social media and the impact it’s had on breaking down barriers with fans. (If you’ve ever tweeted at him, it sounds like he may have taken a peek at your profile to get a better idea of you are!) There’s also brief talk about Joe MacMillan’s arc on the current season of “Halt And Catch Fire.” Check out an excerpt below, and be sure to visit both sources for the full articles.
Speaking about talking with his passionate fan base online, he said: “It’s been nothing but a good experience for me. I find people really supportive and enthusiastic. It’s removed a barrier between me and them that I was happy was gone.
“You depend on the subterfuge of the media, and now you don’t have to. You can send them a good wish or tell them something you’re interested in. If someone follows you, you can click on their page and see a little bit of what they’re about. You don’t get a total picture of someone, but you see what they’re interesting in showing, and you get to eavesdrop a bit on their life, and it’s interesting.”
Lee Pace recently spoke to The Guardian about “Halt and Catch Fire,” his current AMC series on the birth of personal computers and the people behind the movement. He’s also asked about his technology experience, from feeling nostalgic about Speak & Spell to his involvement in video games. And what’s coming up in Lee’s career? Well, he’s just planning on taking some time off. Check out an excerpt below before heading to the source for the full interview.
Your current project is “Halt and Catch Fire” — a drama about the birth of home computing doesn’t immediately sound that compelling.
I thought the script was interesting — something I didn’t know much about. I know about the tech industry after 2000: Facebook and so on. That’s the tech history we’re most exposed to -– what’s happening now. The birth of it all felt like a dark spot.
Is it tough to sell some of the more technical dialogue?
I understand as much as I can. These characters are experts, so I’ve given myself a pass on some of it. The show isn’t really about computers; it’s about people. People who really care about computers the way I care about movies. How they work, how they connect, which programs run them. That’s their area of creativity.
Earlier today, filmmakers involved with Lee Pace’s latest indie film, Revolt, took to IndieGogo in search of help. Their mission was to rase $15,000 for the community of Ward 48 in South Africa, where Revolt was filmed in 2014. The township – which is on the outskirts of Johannesburg – is in dire need of assistance. Money raised throughout the campaign will be used to help bring positive changes to Ward 48, such as drug counselors, a soccer field, car wash, and garden to help feed its citizens.
Happily, the goal of raising $15k – a donation amount which was to be matched by the filmmakers – was quickly reached. They are still collecting donations on their IndieGogo page. Additionally, you’ll receive various gifts in return for your generosity — but don’t let that be the incentive for your giving. Every little bit helps the campaign; so even if you only have $1, please consider supporting Ward 48 and giving back to a community that truly needs it. They graciously housed the cast and crew of Revolt, so let’s give us our thanks!
Lee Pace is on the cover of the current edition of CRASH Magazine (No. 70-1), which you can purchase from their site. (Make sure you get the Lee Pace cover, as Lily Collins is also on the cover of the current edition, albeit titled 70-2.) I’ve also added scans from Lee’s article – including beautiful new photographs – to the gallery. I’ll transcribe the interview and have it in the press archive shortly.
Despite filming it a full week ago, Lee Pace’s episode of “The Rachael Ray Show” finally aired yesterday. There doesn’t appear to be a full clip of his segment online (yet), but the official Rachael Ray site has uploaded a small portion of Lee’s interview, which you can view by clicking on the image above (there’s no embed available). In the clip, he talks about his wild Comic Con memory from earlier this year, when he and Hobbit co-star Andy Serkis woke up unsuspecting fans at 2-3am to greet them and take pictures. If the full interview pops up, I’ll edit this post with a new link.
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: [“Halt and Catch Fire” is] 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.
Edit: You can now watch the full interview with Lee on Vimeo.
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. Three videos have been released, although the last of the three is currently offline. Because I’m unable to embed the videos, you’ll have to go directly to LA Times’ website:
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.