Peter Jackson Shows Us Inside The Desolation of Smaug

Most Craved: Want to know what Smaug looks like? What Peter Jackson had on his wall as a kid that now on the wall at his studio? These questions and more are answered in a livestream from New Zealand.

Michael Langleyby Michael Langley


Peter Jackson knows how to market his movies. The director today went on a livestreaming tour of his studio as he puts together the next chapter of his epic Hobbit series The Desolation of Smaug.

If you didn't have a code from the BluRay of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, it's okay because Crave's CinemaBlend website has you covered with a scene by scene description of the event broadcast around the world.

3:26 First question is about Smaug as a middle movie, like Two Towers. Jackson says it's less of a challenge because they split into multiple storylines and you can raise the stakes for the characters. Accompanied by some footage of Lee Pace as Thranduil the elf, and some behind-the-scenes looks at him in a scene with Orlando Bloom as Legolas. 

3:28 And here's a look at Stephen Fry as The Master in Lake Town! He is wearing a serious wig and mustache. "Someone has to take over the mantle of Orlando Bloom as the most desirable figure to appear in a Tolkien adaptation" Fry says in the behind-the-scenes footage. 

3:29 Fry also provided a video expressing his apologies for not being on hand for the livestream. Fry says he's happy to be in The Hobbit 2 and possibly in 3— is it really possible he still doesn't know if he'll be in it?

3:30 A question from two girls from China about Orlando Bloom comes with some behind-the-scenes footage of him goofing off on set, contrasted with a scene he shares with Pace in which Legolas, as always, is being uptight. 

3:31 Orlando Bloom, contributes his own video, and asks Jackson what moment he's most looking fowrard to seeing onscreen. Jackson picks a moment of confrontation between Bilbo and Smaug, and we see a lot of teasing behind-the-scenes footage of Freeman on the set in the giant pile of gold you see in the top image here. Of course, no Smaug to be seen. What a tease!

Of course, there are more guest stars, more Hobbits and dwarves and lots more Peter Jackson, barefoot and sitting crosslegged on a couch, explaining the next installment of his epic rendering of J.R.R. Tolkien's world and characters.

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