Thursday, October 17, 2013

Luke Evans on facing down dragons and dwarves in 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'

<p>Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman in &quot;The Hobbit:&nbsp;The Desolation of Smaug&quot;</p>

By Chris Eggertsen   Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 1:00 PM

It's clear Luke Evans still can't quite believe he's here.

"The first scene [I] did, I did with Ian [McKellen]," says the actor during an interview on the New Zealand set of Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit." "It's just a weird thing, isn't it, when you've seen it [the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy] for ten years and all of a sudden you're actually on set and he's looking at you with the white eyes...It's brilliant. It's brilliant."

Evans, who plays Bard the Bowman in the fantasy trilogy, sits in the center of a group of reporters who have traveled to Wellington for a sneak peek at "The Desolation of Smaug," the second film in the series. Far from being handed the part, the actor tells us he was forced to wait a year-and-a-half after his first audition before he was finally offered the role ("He's not in it for the majority of the first film, so...there was no room in their heads to be thinking about Bard," he says), which came just as he was about to begin shooting the horror film "No One Lives" in Louisiana.

"Three days before I left, before I got on the plane, I had a phone call saying that Peter wanted to meet me and test me for the role of Bard," he says. "And I was like, 'What?'"

For those unfamiliar with the novel, the Bard - a descendant of Lord Girion of Dale - leads the defense of the settlement of Lake-town against the fearsome dragon Smaug, who attacks the community after becoming enraged at the intrusion of Bilbo and the dwarves (led by Thorin Oakenshield) into the Lonely Mountain. Following the dragon's attack, during which Lake-town is completely destroyed, the Bard travels to the Lonely Mountain to request reparations from Thorin for the devastation that has occurred - only to meet with resistance.



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