Billy Con­nolly

Dáin in The Battle of the Five Armies

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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

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