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Hi everyone! This year is the tenth anniversary of the release of The Fellowship of the Ring, and we wanted to give the fans a Christmas treat ahead of the release of the two Hobbit movies in Dec 2012 and 2013. Stay tuned for more. Cheers!
Bret McKenzie Talks The Hobbit
Source: Silas Lesnick
January 4, 2012
With Oscar nominees set to be announced on January 24th, there's already a swelling of fan support for the songs of Bret McKenzie featured in The Muppets. Today, ComingSoon.net had the chance to speak with the actor/musician and, while we'll have the full interview available soon, we were able to get to the bottom of an issue that has been on the minds of J.R.R. Tolkien fans ever since it was announced that he would making an appearance in The Hobbit.
Playing an unnamed extra in a Rivendell scene in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the pre-"Flight of the Conchords" star was noticed by fans and given the nickname Figwit (you can read the whole story of why at http://www.figwitlives.net) The online response was so great Peter Jackson made sure that McKenzie was given a line in Return of the King and, last April, it was announced that he'd been cast as an elf in The Hobbit.
"I've got a cameo as an elf. Or another cameo," he explains, " ...My character is called Lindir. I hang out with Elrond... I've got a few lines in Elvish."
So are Figwit and Lindir really one and the same? McKenzie says no.
"You'll probably see, I've got slightly different ears," he laughs, "That's how I differentiate my elf characters. The big difference for this character is that he's in 3D. He's a character that's a lot more three dimensional."
Look for the first film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to hit theaters on December 14th in 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters and check back soon for the full interview with McKenzie.
You may not know this, but McKenzie was in both the first and third "Lord of the Rings" films. They were small roles, but he's moved up in the world. In "The Hobbit," he'll be playing the role of Lindir, who is an elf in Rivendell. We asked him the funniest thing that happened to him on set.
"This time because I had a proper part I got to hang out with the other actors," he says. "So I was going to go to town with Ian Mckellen and Hugo Weaving. We were joking about ideas for "The Hobbit" the musical. So we passed a bit of time singing potential hobbit musical songs while we were waiting for Peter Jackson to cal action. Hours would go by where they were setting up 3D cameras and stuff... and we were just in hysterics... and by the time Peter Jackson would call action we were all just giggling. We did the scene and Peter Jackson would yell, 'Cut. Elron is giggling in the scene.' That was a really fun day."
We had to know one of the song titles. "Gandalf's one we were working was "It's A Lovely Day In Rivendale." We didn't get that far. It was very early days. There's nothing funnier than seeing Gandalf singing a song."
You're also going to be in the new Hobbit movies, right?
I'm in The Hobbit, but again, very little musical numbers in that.
Do you think you can just, like, talk them into it, now that you have this Oscar clout?
I'm going to have to call Peter Jackson when I get home. I'm thinking just a fun musical number at the end of the movie, you know, after the credits. Give the cast a song and dance number. What I want to do is try to convince Hollywood that the musical is the new genre so everyone will want to be doing it.
I’ve got to go, but in The Hobbit does Figwit get to sing, or kill anybody?
No, there’s no sword. I’m not an elven warrior. I’m still a dude hanging around.
I’m picturing you with a lyre and a giant feather in your cap…
I think it was tempting to try and do something like that, but they didn’t want to be too silly. But the film, for what it’s worth, it’s going to be great. It’s really pretty amazing.
Have you finished shooting your part in The Hobbit?
Yeah. I was an elf – Lindir. That was a great experience. They filmed that in Wellington, where I’m from, so it was very convenient.
It’s a short commute.
Very short – much shorter than the commute from New Zealand to L.A. But it was great, because I was an extra in the first film, then I had one line in the third film, and this time I’ve got maybe a few lines. I got to be on-set, and I was allowed to look the actors in the eye this time.
You lightly spoofed Lord of the Rings in Flight of the Conchords. Had Peter Jackson seen it?
Oh yeah. Jemaine and I actually sang that song at the wrap party for Lord of the Rings. That was a pretty crazy thing. Within that song we do these impressions of Gandalf and other characters, and Ian McKellan and them were there while we were doing the impressions.
What did they think of your impressions?
I don’t know – I think they were all quite drunk.
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