"No, I was completely on my own. Martin (Freeman) and I have a really good chemistry on the set of Sherlock and sadly, none of that could come into play with this because of the way the kind of technology and performance needs to be led in. I think if I had been there doing a lot of other stuff on the film I could have possibly, just being on set as a voice or presence or an eye line, but it would have been negligible, compared to what he was imagining and likewise, what I was imagining from our differing scales. It’s one thing to be Gandalf and looking down and you know, the Hobbit looking up. But this beast is the size of the Empire State Building and breathes fire and there is very little to relate to, other than your imagination.
Parents read it to their children, my dad read it to me and I can’t wait to one day read it to my children. I’ve already started reading it to my Godchildren but it’s because it’s an incredibly colourful world, it’s incredibly imaginative but at the same time, there is something accessible about it. I think these (signs) mean things like the dragon don’t just represent what he originally represented, he is now, he could be, you could argue he could be.. capitalism gone wrong. Not that the kids are going to know that but he’s definitely going to pick yup that greed isn’t good.”
The stars of the film — including Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans and singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran — gamely take on a “Middle-earth Speed Round,” from their favorite weapon and Tolkien character to the best time to eat, Hobbit-style — Second Breakfast or Elevensies! [x]