The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey drew large crowds on Friday and set a new December opening day record with an estimated 37.5 million from 4,045 locations.
In Empire’s recent video interviews with the cast of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Peter Jackson revealed a couple of interesting titbits about his intentionally mysterious cameo in the film.
If you haven’t seen it already, it’s probably best if you don’t know – but if you have seen the first Hobbit movie already, here’s where he was hiding: in Erebor, dressed up as a dwarf, high-tailing it away from Smaug as the wicked wyrm blasted his particular brand of firey halitosis all upside The Lonely Mountain.
But as most dwarves in the film are bearded, helmeted and armoured, it’s very difficult to make him out without knowing where he’ll be in advance.
The question is then why he chose that role – why did Peter “Carrot Chomper” Jackson hide himself away from the limelight this time around?
“I didn’t have a great deal of choice,” he explains. “There weren’t any human characters in this film, and there weren’t any hobbit roles I could play… and I’m not an elf.”
Also news on the DVD given directly by Sir Ian McKellen in an interview with Empire:
There is one scene that is missing (from the theatrical version of The Hobbit) that i helped to write: just a suggestion to underline as to why Gandalf picked Bilbo to go on the quest with the dwarves. It’s because he has met Bilbo when he was a little boy. There was a scene in which I played with him and pulled a toy dragon out of my sleeve – precursing events to come. That is gone; but, peter assures me, it is in the extended dvd version – which he has already made and cut. It’s already waiting!