Luke Evans interview: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Luke Evans Interview: ‘The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug’ And What’s Next

Luke Evans has not taken the traditional path to stardom, and as a result, he blossomed later than is usual. Many of today’s popular actors get a head start in their younger years, but the Welsh actor didn’t hit it big until he was in his thirties and he hasn’t looked back since.

His big break came when he was spotted by a talent agent in a musical in London, where he made a living for 10 years prior to becoming an actor on the big screen.

The discovery led to him be cast as the Greek god Apollo in Clash Of The Titans reboot in 2010

That was the beginning of the Welshman’s meteoric rise to fame and notoriety for which he has received almost universal praise.

Steadily, Luke Evans is becoming one of the most sought after actors in the world and his likeness is beginning to appear on the covers of popular magazines in the US and around the globe.

Following Clash Of The Titans, he has starred in the rom-com Tamara Drewe, period pieces The Three Musketeers and The Raven, another Greek mythology film Immortals as Zeus, and the soon to be released Peter Jackson fantasy film, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug.

Earlier this year, he broke the mold and starred as the Bond-like villain Owen Shaw in the mega-blockbuster Fast And Furious 6.

After his co-star Paul Walker’s tragic accident, Luke Evans expressed shock at his untimely death on Twitter and later, in a very touching gesture, dedicated his performance as Bard the Bowman in Desolation of Smaug to the late actor.

Luke Evans has explored many genres based on literary characters. Let’s begin our interview by asking him how he prepares for the different roles he undertakes.

“I research the role and if it’s a literary character, I read the book and if it’s an historical figure, I research documents and biographies. If it’s a fictional character, I work off the script.” Luke Evans told The Inquisitr exclusively.

He has made it a point of not being type cast, which is apparent by looking at his filmography.

However, when asked whether he has a favorite part of all the roles he has played so far, he says very diplomatically, “I don’t have a favorite. I have had fun and satisfaction playing all the different roles and characters.”

Peter Jackson had one of the longest movie shoots of Luke Evans career. The first leg of the production lasted about a year, which the Welsh actor spent in New Zealand, together with the impressive ensemble cast that makes up the new trilogy.

Playing Bard the Bowman, who is part of the only group of humans in the film, was challenging for Luke Evans as he had to work with green screen.

“The most difficult part about playing Bard was having to imagine things that weren’t physically there, like ‘big reptilian things’ as a result of the CGI and green screen elements.”

Unfortunately, that meant he didn’t get the opportunity to act alongside other very talented British actors who make up the cast of The Hobbit, like Richard Armitage, who plays the leader of the dwarves, Thorin Oakenshield.

“He’s a great actor, but unfortunately as a result of the ‘scale’ issue, since he’s a dwarf and I’m a normal sized person, we never actually worked alongside one another during filming.”

How would he convince someone who hasn’t read the J.R.R. Tolkien novels, which serve as the source for The Hobbit, to go see the second installment in the trilogy?

“The Desolation of Smaug stands alone as an action/adventure epic movie. It’s visually stunning and the 3D is incredible. Plus, it’s directed by Peter Jackson and he’s extraordinary.” Luke Evans told us.

Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman Poster

Warner Bros. is currently in a full-fledged promotion campaign for Desolation Of Smaug, which opens in theaters this coming Friday, December 13.

Since finishing production for Dracula Untold, his first leading role as the title character, Evans has gone from Ireland to the US and back to Europe for more interviews. Luke will also attend the Desolation Of Smaug European premieres in Berlin and Madrid.

What are his plans after that?

“I’ll be doing a lot of promotion for The Hobbit, then a much needed vacation and then pre-production and prep on The Crow” which begins in early 2014.”

Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman