Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Actor Richard Armitage has long history with 'Hobbit' (UPI)

By KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

NEW YORK, March 19 (UPI) -- Well-known British TV actor Richard Armitage says starring as dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield in "The Hobbit" movies has been a huge milestone in his career.

The handsome 41-year-old has appeared in the small-screen dramas "Strike Back," "MI-5," "Robin Hood," "Cold Feet" and "The Vicar of Dibley," as well as the popular miniseries "North and South." His portrayal of the brooding hero Thorin has brought him further international fame.

Asked in New York recently if landing the role of Thorin was a big milestone in his career, Armitage told United Press International, "Huge."

"It's kind of hard to describe, really," he acknowledged. "You get the phone call saying [writer-producer-director] Peter Jackson would like to meet you and then you wonder if you'll get the job and then it all starts to happen.

"And I had this incredible year and during this incredible year, I'm thinking, 'Even if no one ever sees the film, I've still had an incredible year.'

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Entertainment_News/Movies/2013/03/19/Actor-Richard-Armitage-has-long-history-with-Hobbit/UPI-31041363725503/#ixzz2O2IifC3h

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