Dáin in The Battle of the Five Armies
Can you describe your experience of working with Peter Jackson? Peter Jackson is an absolute gas to be around. Of course, he has a lot of responsibility on these movies but he also creates a very relaxed and fun environment. We shot in the most beautiful areas of New Zealand and when he isn’t directing Hobbits, Peter collects planes. So the best thing for me was being able to fly around in these old World War 2 planes with Stephen Fry!
How did you get involved in the cast of The Battle Of The Five Armies? They actually asked me – for some reason Peter Jackson thought I would be ideal to portray this hardened old warrior. It all arrived totally by surprise! I thought I better say yes because I knew Sean Connery had turned down The Lord Of The Rings a nd I didn’t want to be the second Scotsman to walk away from something so successful!
Although you are on record as saying you can’t stand Tolkien… That is absolutely true – I never was a fan of Tolkien. And I never liked the people who liked these books either! I was part of the folk scene when I was younger and there was a big distinction between the two: the Tolkiens and the nonTolkiens. I was into blues and bluegrass music and they would be into corduroy jackets and stuff! So we would always be opposed to one another – and now, of course, all of that is quite ironic. Calum Waddell