BEIJING, Dec. 16 (Xinhuanet) -- The second instalment of the Hobbit "The Desolation of Smaug" was released on Friday. Before that, the cast sat down to talk about this next part of the trilogy.
The character of Bilbo Baggins played by Martin Freeman continues his adventure here and meets a dragon without ever even really knowing his goal. Freeman says that's part of the point of the Peter Jackson-directed fantasy film.
"It's like no one is going to be bigger than the film itself. And the story itself, I think is the star. Also screen time is shared between a lot of people. But it should never, ever, ever be forgotten that it's called the fucking 'Hobbit' and you're speaking to him now, yeah," Freeman says.
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" concludes with a face-off between Sherlock and Watson.
Only this time, Benedict Cumberbatch is voicing a dragon, Smaug, and Freeman is the titular hobbit Bilbo Baggins.
The stars of BBC's "Sherlock" series didn't actually get to interact while making the film, but Cumberbatch jokes that they've gotten incredibly close anyhow.
"Yeah well we're going steady. We've been in a relationship for about five years now, since we first met on the set of 'Sherlock.' You know, adoption, maybe ,I don't know. Sorry, that's a ridiculous riff that will send the Internet into a spasm. But I adore the man. And he's brilliant," Cumberbatch says.
Peter Jackson filmed much of "The Hobbit" trilogy in one fell swoop. It was originally planned as two movies, but stretched into three after the initial shoot, leading to some among actors. Evangeline Lilly, the former "Lost" actress who plays a new elf confusion character named Tauriel, backs up the confusion.
"It was an incredibly confusing project to be a part of even when we were filming before it turned into three films. The kind of hodge-podge nature of how Peter puts things together and how his writing team write as they go is a bit mind-bending as an actor. You always had to place your trust in them and could never totally rely on yourself. Because you didn’t know what was happening, really," Lily says.