Richard Armitage on 'Hobbit' injury, darker film: 3 highlights (Video)
Richard Armitage has his dwarf makeup to thank after he suffered a minor injury on the set of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug."
The 42-year-old actor plays Thorin II Oakenshield, a dwarf who joins main hero Bilbo Baggins on a dangerous quest. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" is the second installment in Peter Jackson's trilogy, a prequel to "The Lord of the Rings."
Check out 3 highlights from OTRC.com's interview with Richard Armitage, including his favorite part of the film process, and see his full interview in the video above.
1. He was injured on set of the film ... but it would have been worse without the dwarf prosthetics on his face.
When asked if he was injured on set beyond a stubbed toe or scratch, Armitage pointed at his face and said, "Well this little fella between my eyes, which is considerably smaller now, was me cutting myself with Orcrist [an Elven sword his character uses as a weapon]."
"It happened underneath the prosthetic," he added. "One of our on-set doctors came & and it was bleeding through the silicone and he said, 'I'm going to have to take you to the hospital and stitch this up.' He didn't realize I was wearing a silicone forehead."
2. The movie is darker than "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."
"I think musically, Pete really knows what he's doing and I mean that metaphorically, like in the beginning, the first movie there was quite a lot of comedy because I think he knows that the story spirals into a dark place, primarily because we come closer to the dragon," the actor explained. "Also, from my perspective, Thorin's mental state really goes into a place which is irrational and unreasonable and really quite scary."
3. He thinks showing off the movie to audiences is the best part of the filming process.
"It's the best part of the film...the filming process, I think, is finally presenting it to an audience and seeing what they're gonna make it of it and traveling around and seeing the fan reactions and the excitement for the film, particularly around this time of year, it's really, it's great," he said. "It feels like giving a huge present to our friends."
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" hits theaters on Dec. 13.Reporting by Cari Skillman of KABC Television, which produces the nationally syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).