Richard Armitage was a bossy dwarf

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' actor Richard Amitage relished being able to take control of 13 fellow dwarves during a boot camp in preparation for the film

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Richard Armitage

Richard Armitage enjoying bossing his fellow dwarves around while filming 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'.

The 41-year-old actor - who plays powerful dwarf warrior Thorin Oakenshiel - enjoyed taking on the role of leader and taking control of the unruly gang of 13 dwarves during a physically demanding boot camp.

He explained: "There was one improvisation that we did during our dwarf boot camp where we were taken outside and it was the first time that I actually found the confidence to command a crack unit of troops. We were crouching in tress and building campfires...

"It was brilliant to feel the aura amongst the dwarves. I think the training process we went through, the physical, really bonded us together and I think when we came to work on set it was pretty moving."

Richard's revenge-consumed character Thorin is on a mission to reclaim his father's lost kingdom of Erabor from Smaug the dragon, but the actor admits he is actually extremely laid back as person so it was a challenge to embody his alter ego.

Speaking at the press conference for 'The Hobbit' at London's Claridge's Hotel, he told BANG Showbiz: "He's got quite a lot to be angry about I think! For Thorin it's very much a now or never moment.

"One of the Nordic translations for Thorin comes from Thor and I feel he carries that thunder very much in his heart. As a person I'm quite calm and placid so it's nice to give vent to a little anger!"

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

  • 5 stars
  • 2012
  • US/New Zealand
  • 169 min
  • 12
  • Directed by: Peter Jackson
  • Written by: Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay), Peter Jackson (screenplay), Guillermo del Toro (screenplay), J. R. R. Tolkien (novel)
  • Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage
  • UK release: 14 December 2012

Prequel to Jackson's epic adaptations of JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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