Luke Evans says Hobbit trilogy taught him value of patience

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 11 February 2015
Luke Evans

Luke Evans

Hollywood star Luke Evans says he's learned the value of patience by working on films like 'The Hobbit' and 'Dracula Untold'

Luke Evans has learned the value of patience by working on Hollywood blockbusters.

The 35-year-old star - who appears in 'The Hobbit' trilogy as Bard the Bowman and as the vampire Dracula in the character's film origin story, 'Dracula Untold' - says that because such movies take so long to come together, it's easy to become frustrated.

Asked what the films taught him about the industry, Evans replied: "Patience. You've got to have a lot of patience on a long movie like 'The Hobbit', because there's a lot of hanging about. It is about learning how to wait - that's what Meryl Streep says: 'The acting you get is free, it's the waiting about you have to pay for.'

"It is absolutely worth it, though. When you see the finished product and the credits role with all of the people who have contributed their time and energy. It does make it all very real. With 'Dracula' everybody committed so much of themselves. I am very proud of it."

Evans also said he's relieved to be able to talk about 'The Hobbit' films, having been sworn to secrecy for so long.

He told GQ magazine: "It was fun to see all three Hobbit films out and doing so well. Especially after years of not being able to talk about them. At the time all I wanted to talk about was how good the third movie [The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies] was."

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US/New Zealand
  • 2h 24min
  • 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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