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Get your Hobbit On

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Wellington. Has. Gone. Mad.

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Serious. Don’t tell anyone, but PEOPLE HERE ARE CONVINCED THAT WELLINGTON IS MIDDLE EARTH.

Yes, it may be the site of Camperdown Studios – the sprawling cinematic ‘birthplace’ of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

Yes, it is where the Hobbit premiered a few days ago, red carpet and all.

Yes, Peter Jackson comes from here.

 

BUT I’M PRETTY SURE THAT STILL DOESN’T AUTOMATICALLY GRANT IT MIDDLE EARTH STATUS.

Despite being surrounded by badly dressed hobbits and hairy wizards, the whole Hobbit-hype has actually been quite entertaining. A larger-than-life-size Gandalf and an equally enormous Hobbit hole have been hoisted above the Embassy cinema, where the premiere takes place. A Hobbit Artisan Market appeared (and in fact disappeared) as if by magic (ho ho ho) complete with stalls selling genuine replica middle-earth trinkets, midday sack races and musical statues, and a nightly showing of each of the LOTR films. Brownie points for effort.

The Market – kind of self-explanatory, really

Giant Gandalf at The Embassy Cinema (giant statues are all the rage.. obvs)

Wednesday, however, was the height of all madness as all the Middle Earth superstars descended on the city. Thousands flocked to the city where a red carpet ran the length of the centre, ready for stylish tootsies to grace it with their owner’s other world-ly presence. Although Celyn and I didn’t manage to find each other in the throng (due to mismatched work timetables and the like), separately we did quite well on the old celeb spotting. Before we get to the photographic evidence (WE WERE THERE) I must make a confession; ┬ámy knowledge of Hobbit/Lord of the Rings cast lists is a little hazy, hence there is a number of photos which contain red carpet strutters who could-be-famous-but-might-not-be-I-just-took-the-photo-anyway-because-that-seemed-like-the-right-thing-to-do-at-the-time-and-every-one-else-was-doing-it. If anyone can name the ‘stars’ in the pictures, I will be eternally grateful (and then will gloat that I’ve seen them and you haven’t).

Look closely at the wee guy signing the autographs.. can you guess?

Look closely at the little guy near the front with his head bent, sunglasses, and furious concentration on his autograph signing (I KNOW THIS ONE)

? again

Sorry,but ?

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Another ?

We know this one.. it's Andy Serkis (Gollum)

Gollum’s lap of honour

Again, he must be famous. Prize if you tell us who he is.

Again, he must be famous. Prize if you tell us who he is.

They look like they should be celebs. So they must be.

They look like they should be celebs. So they must be.

No celebs, sadly

No celebs, sadly

Hobbit plane. Bit weird.

Hobbit plane. Bit weird.

If you know who these dudes are, please tell us, so we can then re-tell you that we saw them LIVE IN THE FLESH.