I love Peter Jackson. He saw a video of two girls watching The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug trailer for the first time and showed it to Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom and Lee Pace, who have large parts in the trailer. This was their reaction:
This cracks me up! They look so delighted! This video made me happier than the trailer. Peter Jackson is such a LOTR fan. He so enjoys our love of his films.
As far as the trailer itself goes, I thought it looked kind of rough. The elves following the barrels looked like monkeys to me. I wasn’t crazy about the way Lee Pace voices Thranduil. I guess now is as good a time as any to admit I’m not crazy about Lee Pace. He struck me wrong in the tv series Wonderfalls (2004), which I adored, and I can’t get over it. I know he is a really good actor, but there you go. He just doesn’t appeal to me.
According to Lee-Pace.net, Lee Grinner Pace was born on March 23, 1979 in Chickasha, Oklahoma. He spent several years in Saudi Arabia. His father was in the oil business. The family eventually lived in Texas, where Lee went to High School. He then went to the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City.
According to LeePace.net, Mr. Pace as an actor prepares by doing a lot of research into his character. In December 2012, he portrayed Vincenzo Bellini, composer of the opera I Puritani, on stage in New York City. Mr. Pace went to Sicily to do his research. You can read about it here.
One thing I found amusing in looking over quotes from Mr. Pace, was that he said “I am too tall [to dance]. Tall people don’t dance. It’s just not right.” That made me laugh, since he is 6’3″, just one inch taller than Richard Armitage, who we know made a living as a dancer for a time!
Anyway, reading his fan websites left me with the feeling that Mr. Pace is an interesting young man, with a serious attitude toward his craft, with a preference for working, preparing to work, and spending time with his dog at his home outside of New York City.
I’m looking forward to seeing the Desolation of Smaug. Hope the *real* trailer is a lot sharper than this teaser was. And that we see more of that majestic dwarf, Thorin!
Thanks to RichardArmitageNet.com for the screencap of Thorin.