The original video was pulled but a good samaritan and techy extraordinaire came to the rescue - Sincere thank you to an RA peach - bccmee, for her speedy and thoughtful transcription of RA’s comments during the press conference...Announcer: Richard Armitage, Thorin
Announcer: Aidan Turner, Kili
Announcer: Rob Kazinsky, Fili
Richard Armitage: Yeah I’m playing Thorin who is the leader of the dwarves, of this particular group of dwarves on this particular quest.
Reporter: Can you tell us about yourself?
Richard Armitage: Me as a person? Would you like to be a little more specific? I’ve got 40 years to talk about.
Reporter: Why do you think you’re suited to this role?
Richard Armitage: That’s a good question actually. That might be one for Peter, Fran and Philippa.
Reporter: Why do you want to play this role?
Richard Armitage: I just think it’s just a really amazing opportunity to take a character from a book that I was brought to as a child. I mean my first experience onstage was in a production of The Hobbit.
Martin Freeman: Really?
Richard Armitage: At the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham. And I played an elf. And Gollum was a little papier mache puppet with a man offstage on a microphone.
Off-camera: Michal Sheehan?
Richard Armitage: Yeah his voice was not that different. So it’s kind of been in my childhood very prominently so to come to it as an adult, a middle-aged man, and have another look at it is a brilliant opportunity.
Reporter: Richard, you mentioned about papier mache Gollum. Are you looking forward to acting against green screens?
Richard Armitage: Yeah, I was in the mocap studio yesterday which is a first for me. I’ve never quite understood the technogy behind it but it really does appear that it’s like being in Avatar the movie and I quite look forward to that. But also I think with this film in particular there’s enough creative genius in terms of the art department and the technological department but at the same time I think we’re going to get out there in nature and really experience this possibly more so than a purely technical film which is really exciting. It’s a good marriage of both I think.
Reporter: And you’re all going to be covered in prosthetics. Are you looking forward to that?
Richard Armitage: We don’t know yet actually. It’s still up for grabs, hence the little bit of experimentation in the facial hair department.
Aidan: (off-camera) Yeah, we don’t all normally look like this.
The dragon doesn't stand a snowball's chance in hel...err, meant to say--it's toast:)
hmmm...no need to say it..you have eyes ;) Middle-earth muscles-->necessary to fight nasty, slimey looking creatures of all sorts and to wield swords, slay evil ring seekers. In other words - one of the primary requirements listed in the Commander-in-Chief Dwarf's job description...
Excerpt: >One interesting anecdote that even his co-cast was unaware of came from Armitage, who’s playing Thorin, the leader of the dwarves on this particular mission. “My first experience on stage was in a production of The Hobbit at the Alex Theater in Birmingham and I played an Elf. Gollum was a little papier-mâché puppet with a man offstage on a microphone,” he recalled. “So it’s kind of been in my childhood very prominently so to come to it as an adult, as a middle-aged man, and have another look at it is a brilliant opportunity.”<
Freeman Armitage Turner Kazinsky 11 12 13 14
One missing on right. We definitely know RA, Freeman,Turner,Kazinsky but still cannot match the face with the name for the others. Any help? :) [Update:Yes help..there's always help when it comes to the RA universe - thx to anon for 2 more IDs. Will add their # to names below]
all 13 dwarves - James Nesbitt(#4, Bofur) Rob Kazinsky(#10, Fili), Aidan Turner(#9, Kili), Richard Armitage(#8, Thorin), Ken Stott(#6), Graham McTavish(#11), Peter Hambleton(Gloin), John Callen(#2, Oin), Stephen Hunter(Bombur), Adam Brown(Ori), Mark Hadlow(#13, Dori) and Jed Brophy(#12, Nori) - and one hobbit, Bilbo Baggins himself, Martin Freeman, were on hand to talk about the film.< [appears they've overlooked one on this list = Wm Kirchner(#5, Bifur)]
Active inquiring minds are trying to decipher the lettering on back of the shirt RA wore to the press conference. Very difficult but last word appears to end in IRAW...
[UPDATE: mystery solved - it's designer menswear G star RAW (a Dutch fashion house)...personally surprised that RA would not feel slightly uneasy about wearing a shirt prominently displaying the word 'star' BUT that actually might've been the charm and fun of it for him. This film afterall is the one that will no doubt establish him finally as an international star. Well deserved slap on the back all around for those of you who've wished for many years that it be so. Job well done by both you, his loyal supporters, and of course by the superlative actor himself. He has earned all the fanfare soon to come his way. Reporters shortly will no longer feel the need to say "tell us about yourself."
Apparently someone has been in their cups and feeling no pain on this pleasant Sat evening. Another 'sort of' dream comes true, however this particular follower is not exactly as hunky as the above version, or for that matter any of the many Lucas North clones on twitter ;) In fact, he can't even spell his name correctly (maybe one too many mugs of Middle Earth's finest brews:) - we won't get picky about that. If the above beard is too much for Laura, what will her reaction be to...LOL
Bio I am Thorin! and yes I know... I'm a bloody dwarf....<
My Men by FullofBleep[first 2 Yes!..others? Meh--altho’ Jude Law was adorable in The Holiday]
Don’t know how this one escaped me until today..RA and HJ by Elisheva Mary
GoG - RH3