Smiling Richard at The Hobbit Fan Event [x]
"So we made that decision that we were going to go younger, and then from that point in terms of Richard Armitage, he was the youngest actor to audition for that role. It had nothing to do with the fact that he is gorgeous (laughs), it had to do with the fact that he did a phenomenal audition and the notion that you had this dark conflicted character, but was also quite grunty, Northern, English – like a dwarf. Strangely enough, he’s six foot four, but he’s still a dwarf. He had that whole thing of being miner, of that grittiness, gruntiness, but who probably plays a good game of rugby, which felt as Professor Tolkien described the dwarves."
Philippa Boyens on casting Richard Armitage
Martin Freeman at dwarf boot camp, preparing for the filming of The Hobbit.
“He probably didn’t have to be there but he told us that he wanted to be there”. Tim Wong, dwarf (and hobbit) trainer.
Benedict and Andrew at the curtain call at NT 50th