The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug European Premiere Interviews

Among the cast and crew walking the red carpet for the European premiere of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (in cinemas 13 December) were Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Aidan Turner, Adam Brown, Luke Evans, Philippa Boyens and Ed Sheeran.

It’s the second part of The Hobbit trilogy, which adapts JRR Tolkien’s popular story of hobbit Bilbo Baggins, who leaves his home with 13 dwarves to reclaim their home under the mountains. While the first movie featured the start of their journey, this time around they face the dragon who’s claimed the dwarves’ halls and treasures for himself. Encountering Elves and humans on the way, it’s an action-packed movie that never loses its lightheartedness. Check out our review of the film here.

It’s been 10 years since Berlin hosted the film crew from New Zealand for the premiere of The Return of the King in 2003. While back then The One Ring was the centre-piece of the decoration, this time the enormous head of the dragon Smaug was hidden among an even larger pile of golden coins on the red carpet.

Check out our highlights from the premiere and our individual interviews below:

Martin Freeman chats about the incredible Hobbit premiere in Berlin, his work with Benedict Cumberbatch on the movie, jokes about hating Sherlock and what fans can expect from season 3:

Andy Serkis, second unit director and Gollum actor, explains how The Hobbit has changed his life, why he’d love to collaborate with Peter Jackson again and what he thinks about working on a new Tintin movie:

Aidan Turner, dwarf Kili, spills the beans about what he loved about being a dwarf and how he enjoyed his on-screen romance with Evangeline Lilly:

Adam Brown tells us about his favourite scene as dwarf Ori and whether the other dwarves were jealous of Kili’s love story with elf Tauriel:

Luke Evans chats about his character Bard the Bowman and his significance for the third movie in The Hobbit trilogy:

Co-producer and co-writer Philippa Boyens chats about script writing on The Hobbit with Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh:

Musician Ed Sheeran tells us about how he got to write “I See Fire” for The Hobbit and his thoughts on the upcoming Star Wars movies:

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is in cinemas on 13 December.