(From left) Lexi Rosemoore (12), Sam Moore (12), Ruby Crossan (12), actor Jed Brophy, Benji Crossan (10), George Cameron (13), Reading Cinemas Queenstown manager Rebekah Moore, actor William Kircher, Thomas Wilson-Mulqueen (12), Wakatipu Youth Trust worker Rhys Smith, Maya Kiddle (13), Flight Centre Queenstown manager Scott Gordon and youth worker Jacqui Moir, before The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on Saturday. Photo by James Beech.
Wakatipu children were wide-eyed when two of the stars of
The Hobbit trilogy attended an exclusive screening of
The Desolation of Smaug in Queenstown on Saturday.
Special guests Jed Brophy and William Kircher, actors who
portray dwarves Nori and Bifur respectively, were in high
spirits when they met 62 primary and secondary school-aged
children in the Middle-earth-decorated foyer of Reading
The children walked down the red carpet rolled out for them,
collected their goodie bags, and lined up to have their
photographs taken and their Hobbit books and photos
signed by the pair.
The New Zealand actors, who accepted an invitation from the
Youth Booth to support Wakatipu youngsters, also answered
They revealed their dwarf prosthetics took almost two hours
to apply, with an extra 30 minutes for hair and up to 30
minutes to get into costume.
Mr Brophy confirmed it did feel ''weird'' playing a dwarf
when everyone was the same height as them, ''but they made
our costumes to make us look a lot wider.
''We have very big headpieces, to make our heads look bigger,
and big boots and big prosthetic hands, so we looked shorter.
''Quite often, when we were working with Ian McKellen
[Gandalf], or real-sized people, they would be on a rostrum,
so they're up higher than us, or we would work with a guy
called Tall Paul [Randall] who is seven-foot, and they dress
him up as women, men, or children, and he would act from the
back, with us in the front, to make us look shorter.''
Mr Kircher said the cast who play the 13 dwarves trained for
nearly three months before shooting began.
The river chase sequence in Desolation was the most
fun they had on the entire shoot, Mr Brophy said.
The barrels in which each dwarf escaped down the rapids had a
rubber tyre and steel keel built in, so they could not sink.
The actors were also hot most of the time, ''getting into a
deep, beautiful, cool green river was magical'', Mr Kircher