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Del Toro on Hobbit, Smaug

11.06.2009

   Del Toro and Bilbo

We're still a good two years away from being able to dip back into the Shire for THE HOBBIT, so understandably Guillermo Del Toro is keeping details under lock and key. That way he can try and blow our minds just a few months before on "Hobbit Day" in IMAX theaters. Unless someone tries that beforehand to some level of indifference.*cough*

The big guy still likes to talk about his own precious though, so the folks of Total Film managed to get a few tidbits on how the process is working out, and also let him address one of the fans' main concerns: pulling off Smaug the dragon.

"In The Hobbit, the creatures speak: Smaug has beautiful lines of dialogue; the Great Goblin has beautiful lines of dialogue; many creatures do. So we had to design them with a different approach because you are not just designing things that are scary." enthuses the man. "I think one of the designs I’m the proudest of is Smaug. Early in production I came up with a very strong idea that would separate Smaug from every other dragon ever made. The problem was implementing that idea. But I think we’ve nailed it'"

Del Toro goes on to explain how the writing process was made to respect the Tolkien structure of the story except for one small change: actually showing what happens with Gandalf when he disappears. 

To read the full interview, head OVER HERE. Thanks to the Collider bunch for the heads-up.

Extra Tidbit: When our own buddy Paul Tassi played "Cast This" with Bilbo a few weeks ago, the response from you guys was: 1. Martin Freeman (24%) 2. James McAvoy (13%) 3. Simon Pegg (7%). Nobody suggested my own choice, Tom Hollander. *snif*
Source: Collider

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12:03PM on 11/09/2009

Voice of Smaug

Jeremy Irons to voice Smaug, FTW!
Jeremy Irons to voice Smaug, FTW!
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4:13PM on 11/06/2009

Indifference?

Avatar day was greeted by indifference? Really? Pehaps by the ones who didn't actually attened maybe!
Hating on Avatar is like hating on ice cream, kittens and orgasams, grow up.
Avatar day was greeted by indifference? Really? Pehaps by the ones who didn't actually attened maybe!
Hating on Avatar is like hating on ice cream, kittens and orgasams, grow up.
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3:01PM on 11/06/2009
I'm not excited for the Hobbit, but I hope that this launches Del Toro's career so that he can easily make some of the other incredibly awesome sounding films that he has talked about (namely At the Mountains of Madness).
I'm not excited for the Hobbit, but I hope that this launches Del Toro's career so that he can easily make some of the other incredibly awesome sounding films that he has talked about (namely At the Mountains of Madness).
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2:38PM on 11/06/2009

Del Toro, Hobbit is not horror

Not just scary, that's right. It's supposed to be a child's book in tone. Jackson needs to reign in Toro's monster fetishes and Toro needs to avoid Jackson's shield surfing and dinosaur stampedes.
Not just scary, that's right. It's supposed to be a child's book in tone. Jackson needs to reign in Toro's monster fetishes and Toro needs to avoid Jackson's shield surfing and dinosaur stampedes.
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12:57PM on 11/06/2009
The Lord of the Rings are my favorite movies of all-time... I remember in high school when each year they'd come out we'd all stay up and watch the ones before it, then skip school the next day to see them! It was more then a movie, it was an event!

I hope The Hobbit can do that for me again.. I think it will!
The Lord of the Rings are my favorite movies of all-time... I remember in high school when each year they'd come out we'd all stay up and watch the ones before it, then skip school the next day to see them! It was more then a movie, it was an event!

I hope The Hobbit can do that for me again.. I think it will!
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11:13AM on 11/06/2009
Definitely my all-time most anticipated movie. I am a huge Tolkien fan and an even bigger Del Toro fan. I just hope they pick Martin Freeman!
Definitely my all-time most anticipated movie. I am a huge Tolkien fan and an even bigger Del Toro fan. I just hope they pick Martin Freeman!
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10:15AM on 11/06/2009

Every time I hear about this taking shape

I get even more antsy for it. I'm definitely looking forward to them showing what happens with Gandlaf.
I get even more antsy for it. I'm definitely looking forward to them showing what happens with Gandlaf.
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5:21AM on 11/06/2009

Actually....again

The eyes on hands is from the creature in Pans Labyrinth, the eyes on wings is from death in helboy 2. Two different films, but 2 wierd creations with eyes in odd places :) Where else could Guillermo put eyes?
The eyes on hands is from the creature in Pans Labyrinth, the eyes on wings is from death in helboy 2. Two different films, but 2 wierd creations with eyes in odd places :) Where else could Guillermo put eyes?
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2:39AM on 11/06/2009

actually

the wings with eyes was hellboy 2...
I can't wait to see the design, I remember hanging out waiting to see the designs for treebeard on this very site.
the wings with eyes was hellboy 2...
I can't wait to see the design, I remember hanging out waiting to see the designs for treebeard on this very site.
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3:23AM on 11/06/2009
Yes. And Hellboy II looked like the leftovers of Pan's Labyrinth.
Yes. And Hellboy II looked like the leftovers of Pan's Labyrinth.
2:33AM on 11/06/2009

I know what Smaug will look like...

He'll have eyes on his hands, and the head will be fanned out like a Peacock with six MORE eyes on it. And he'll speak from his nostrils. Like Pan's Labyrinth!
He'll have eyes on his hands, and the head will be fanned out like a Peacock with six MORE eyes on it. And he'll speak from his nostrils. Like Pan's Labyrinth!
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