Thursday, April 10, 2014

Richard Armitage praises The Hobbit's Peter Jackson for creating 'strong' female character

JESS DENHAM  Author Biography  
Thursday 10 April 2014

Richard Armitage has spoken out about female representation and praised The Hobbit's Peter Jackson for creating Evangeline Lilly’s “battle-hardened” elf, Tauriel.

Controversy over the addition of a new character was fierce, with Tolkien purists offended by the change to the original storyline.

“A lot of people didn’t like the idea of them inventing a character, but I think they’ve completely proved the critics wrong by creating a strong, compelling, battle-hardened, female elf warrior,” said Armitage, who plays dwarf leader Thorin in the franchise.

The British actor, 42, told The Independent that he believes The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is “better for it”, despite criticism over the move.


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