Luke Evans glad to avoid Hobbit make-up

Luke Evans was relieved his character Bard the Bowman in 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' didn't require much time in make-up

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Luke Evans felt sorry for his 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' co-stars who had to spend hours in make-up.

The 35-year-old star plays heroic Bard the Bowman in the third and final film in the series and his role didn't require him to alter his appearance too much compared to the actors portraying orcs, dwarves and hobbits.

Luke admits it was very beneficial when it came to being able to leave the set quickly.

When asked if his castmates were envious of his minimal make-up, he said: "Yes, I think they were yeah. Especially on a Friday when we were all desperate to get out of costume and leave, I'd be saying farewell and they'd still be having their noses peeled off and their heads being removed, but these boys never complained and I always admired that, I don't know if I would have been as accepting of those many hours in the chair, especially the mornings, that's really hard. Although some of the guys would fall asleep in the chairs as they were having their prosthetics put on."

Luke admits the shooting schedule on the movie - based on the book by J. R. R. Tolkien - was very gruelling and the weekend plans of the cast, which also included Orlando Bloom, Martin Freeman and Sir Ian McKellen, were often scrapped so they could have a good rest.

In an interview with BBC Radio 1, he said: "The girls in the make-up truck would often bring a bottle of wine and we'd all have a glass of wine, take a big sigh and we'd all have these grand ideas of what we'd be doing on Friday nights and most of us would end up going back home and falling asleep."

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US/New Zealand
  • 144 min
  • 12A
  • 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, Andy Serkis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Graham McTavish, Ken Stott, Hugo Weaving, James Nesbitt, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Billy Connolly, Evangeline Lilly, Christopher Lee, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood
  • UK release: 12 December 2014

Smaug's on the rampage, Thorin is consumed with greed and war breaks out. The final instalment of Jackson's Middle-earth adventures features moments of spirited action and some terrific performances, but like the other Hobbit films it pales in comparison to the episodes of the previous trilogy.

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