Hobbit 3 ‘Battle of the Five Armies’ Star Richard Armitage Talks Legacy

Richard Armitage, who plays Thorin Oakenshield, talked about what the legacy The Hobbit trilogy will have 10 years from now.

“I think when ‘The Lord of the Rings’ was made, it just felt like such a breakthrough in terms of cinematography. Since then, there’s been a huge shift in the technology. I think ‘The Hobbit’ has been a big experiment in technology,” he said, according to ScreenCrush.

Armitage also talked about method acting–or staying in character.

“And there was one day on The Hobbit when we were at the top of a mountain and we were left there all day in our costumes. So, we sort of stayed in character all day and we did helicopter shots and that was when I thought, ‘You know what? If I can stay with the character for 12 hours, maybe I’m inside of him? It doesn’t come and go,'” he said.

His interview comes just a few days after it was announced there would be an Extended Edition for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” According to CNET, it adds about 25 minutes to the lengthy film.

Peter Jackson, the director of the trilogy, also said there’s unreleased Lord of the Rings footage that might be used in the Hobbit.

“There are a few scenes that haven’t been seen from Lord Of The Rings, but not many. We might try to put them back in,” said Jackson, according to Gigjets.com. “It’s a big logistical thing which hasn’t wrapped our heads around. But if there’s enough interest…”