Den of Geek
July 3, 2012
Whilst publicising his latest film Hugo Weaving shares his thoughts on The Hobbit.
Whilst on promotional duties for the US release of his latest movie The Last Ride, Hugo Weaving was asked about some of the blockbusters he has been working on. Most notably? That’d beThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Chatting to Collider, he firstly talked about reprising the role of Elrond. “It was a lot of fun to go back and be on a Rivendell set again with Ian McKellan”, he said. “It was really lovely to see some old friends and old faces again, and to go back into a similar world, which is tonally a little bit different. You’re in the same world, but the story has a different tone.”
He added that “The project is so massive and there are so many people. It makes it frustrating for everyone because things just take time and you don’t know what’s happening. You don’t know what’s going on, despite all the best intentions, but the people are so lovely that you just accept, ‘Well, this is the way this particular world is.’ You live from day to day and from moment to moment, doing the best you can … I’ve literally just come back from there a couple days ago, having done post-production on that, so it was really nice to see everyone again”.
Moving onto the decision to shoot in 3D, Weaving said that “I think the 3D will work incredibly well for The Hobbit. I don’t think it does for everything, and I don’t think it should for everything. To some extent, 3D is just a gimmick, but sometimes it works wonderfully well. With something likeCave Of Forgotten Dreams, the Werner Herzog film, you think, ‘why is this in 3D?,’ but it’s actually wonderful in 3D. It’s a documentary, but it works incredibly well. And then, there are some other films where you think, ‘This might be in 3D, but the way in which it’s been put into 3D or the way in which it’s being used is too obvious or it seems gimmicky.’ I don’t get a lot from the 3D experience, generally, but for certain films, I think it works really wonderfully well, and I suspect The Hobbit will be one of them. For that particular world, I think it’s probably a really fabulous natural exploration of it. With some other things, the 3D doesn’t work so well.”
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is set for a December release in the UK. We think it might be a big hit.