Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Richard Armitage, Peter Jackson attend 'Hobbit' film premiere in Beijing

The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, January 20, 2015 7:34AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, January 20, 2015 10:06AM EST

The Hobbit Beijing premiere

BEIJING -- Director Peter Jackson attended a red-carpet premiere of the final "Hobbit" film in Beijing on Tuesday, saying that he has been having a hard time getting used to the nickname "Peter the Great" affectionately given to him by Chinese fans.

Jackson was joined at the event by actor Richard Armitage, who said he would miss playing in the "Hobbit" trilogy and would now focus on his role in TV drama "Hannibal."

The New Zealand ambassador to China also gave a speech welcoming fans to visit his country, where the films were made.

"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" ends Jackson's massively successful six-film franchise that started with the 2001 release of "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring."

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