Richard: We did about eight weeks of learning how to walk like a dwarf, dwarf insults, wrestling and headbutting. They supposedly had a secret hand language, but we didn't quite manage to get that into the story because there just wasn't enough time to figure out what these hand signals were that they were doing.
But yeah it was interesting. We went into the woodlands to do a war improvisation and we started using these hand signals, like the SAS (Special Air Service) might. Which was fun.
You have your own lego character! That's pretty awesome.
Richard: There's one Thorin Lego which I'm very proud of. You now you've arrived when there's a Lego for your character.
This is why I was surprised that Tauriel had her own Lego figurine.
Richard: Well yeah, originally she was possibly going to be in movie one, so that's why a lot of those characters you would have seen already.
When you first read the book did you always feel a connection with Thorin's character?
Richard: No, when I read it as a kid, of course you follow Bilbo because that's what [JRR] Tolkien wants you to do. I loved Gollum, but I never thought that I might be playing Thorin.
Now I can't really imagine playing anything else, which is possibly a good thing. It's a sign of a connection with your character, because I'd thought aboit him a lot, read about him and had a connection with him.
266 days of filming is a long time with one character.
Richard: Yeah it is, but I think he'll stay in my head for a long time. I'm curious to see how he evolves for the second and third films. Because we shot it, but I don't quite remember what we did. I mean, I saw movie one and there were moments when I was like "I don't remember doing that".
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