Luke Evans has been cast in “The Hobbit” as Bard the Bowman, but don’t ask him anything about his experience working with director Peter Jackson — because, believe it or not, he has never actually met the man. In fact, he did his whole “Hobbit” audition online.
“I auditioned for it like a year ago. It’s amazing. Things happen like that sometimes on movies. Projects happen or they get stopped. As you know, ‘The Hobbit’s’ had a lot of hurdles to jump before it started production,” Evans explained. “So yeah, I auditioned for it a year ago and never heard a single thing back.”
Obviously Evans has since heard back and has landed what might be considered the biggest role of his career thus far, and his cast members on “The Three Musketeers” have gotten him very excited to start shooting in New Zealand next week.
“I’ve heard just wonderful things about the whole process with Peter and Phillipa and I know a few of the actors in the movie and Orlando [Bloom] has always said wonderful things about him and the experience he had on ‘Lord of the Rings’ so I can’t wait,” Evans said. “It’s just lovely to be a part of something that’s just a little bit of cinematic history.”
Evans said he’s pretty prepared in terms of the physical requirements of the movie thanks to his work on “The Three Musketeers,” “Immortals” and “The Raven,” but he is looking forward to working on his archery skills. Unfortunately, though, he knows as much as the fans do when it comes to the movie because he hasn’t had a chance to start shooting.
It does mean that he’s been keeping up to date on Jackson’s video blogs that he has been posting from the set. “As the weeks have gone by I’ve sort of been able to settle in the film I’m doing right now, I’ve been able to see the amazing video blogs that he’s done which are fantastic and I think it’s genius that he’s doing them because they’re really, really insightful and it gives the fans and anybody, everybody, a little taste of the enormity of this project,” Evans said. “So that’s about as much as I know.”