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.
It seems to be a surprise to many people when they learn that Lee Pace is not actually British; in fact, he was born in Oklahoma. ScreenCrush addressed this phenomenon in a recent interview, in which Lee also talks about his Middle-earth and Marvel universe roles, Thranduil and Ronan (respectively). In the “Year of Lee Pace,” it sounds like he’s having a great time with regards to his professional life. Read an excerpt of the interview below before heading to the source for more:
This feels like “The Year of Lee Pace.”
[laughs] Oh, no.
We did a list of people who are in the highest-grossing movies of the year and you were sixth.
Are you kidding?
Between Guardians of the Galaxy and what The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies will make.
That’s incredible. I know, I mean — that’s great. It’s so fun. And when Guardians of the Galaxy was doing so well earlier this year, everyone was seeing it and tweeting “I am Groot.” It was just like, “Wow, it’s really fun to be a part of a hit like this.” It’s really, really fun. Now, when you’re shooting it, when you’re making it, it’s creative. That’s what I love so much about the Marvel movies and what’s so incredible about these Middle-earth movies is they’re just creative. It’s like, you’re not telling a story that takes place in someone’s kitchen. [laughs] You’re in the far corners of the galaxy; you’re in this incredible battle of five armies at the gates of Erebor. And I’m playing characters that are so far from myself. I’m in Guardians of the Galaxy wearing a crazy mask!
In Los Angeles this morning (December 8th), visionary director Peter Jackson was awarded with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony included Andy Serkis – best known for his iconic Gollum performances in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit – who helped introduce Jackson.
Lee Pace was in attendance along with his Hobbit co-stars Richard Armitage (whom he sat next to), Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood, and Evangeline Lilly. Pictures from the event – including the whole cast group posing next to Jackson’s newly unveiled star – have been added to the gallery.
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.)
Hello, fans! Just wanted to let you know that I’ve added a schedule for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies to the sidebar, tracking all the events that Lee Pace is confirmed for during this promotional run. As the events happen and I update about them, I’ll also add links to the sidebar so you can easily go back and view the press — just in case you’ve missed them. In the meantime, you can view what we still have to look forward to here:
Dec. 1st: The Hobbit: BOFA London Premiere
Dec. 2nd: The Hobbit: BOFA London Press Conference
Dec. 2nd: The Hobbit: BOFA London Press Junket
Dec. 3rd: @TheHobbitMovie Live Q&A
Dec. 6th: The Hobbit: BOFA Toronto Premiere
Dec. 8th: Peter Jackson’s Hollywood Star Ceremony
Dec. 9th: The Hobbit: BOFA Los Angeles Premiere
Dec. 11th: “The TODAY Show”
Dec. 11th: “The View”
Dec. 11th: The Hobbit: BOFA Apple Store Q&A
Dec. 11th: The Hobbit: BOFA IMAX Screening/Q&A
Dec. 22nd: “eTalk CTV” (filmed on the 6th)
While Lee Pace was in London, he did multiple interviews alongside his Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies co-stars, Evangeline Lilly and Orlando Bloom, as part of a press junket. This appears to have lasted a few days and also included the press conference on the 2nd, which I’ve already posted about. I’ve since gathered all the London interviews I could find with the three actors, which you can view below. (I’ll continue updating if any more roll in.)
Several short clips from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies have been released online by Warner Brothers in preparation for the film’s upcoming release. In three of these clips, we get to see Lee Pace as Thranduil; others feature Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman facing Smaug and rallying Laketown, Galadriel coming to Gandalf’s aid, and a clip from the battle. Check all the other available scenes below, plus a Hobbit/Lord of the Rings featurette above (which also has some Thranduil scenes).