Armageddon stars in heart of Middle Earth
Drive an actor to a film set and he will act up.
Armageddon Expo organisers discovered this year’s guests could ham it up with the best of them when they were taken on a private tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set.
Vampire Diaries actor Rick Worthy was keen to be a shirtless hobbit, surprised to be asked to go on an unexpected journey, then acted Sauron possessed before exiting stage right to make way for other actors.
His acting antics at Hobbiton were a far cry from his many roles in the likes of everything from Star Trek: Insurrection, Enterprise, Battlestar Galactica and Heroes to Supernatural and CSI.
Enter Babylon 5 star Jason Carter who was hoping to catch a would–be director’s eye by reenacting the scene from The Hobbit when Bilbo Baggins flees Hobbiton to catch the dwarves.
Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch peered out through a hobbit hole like the wizard Luna Lovegood she played to fellow Potter actor Robbie Jarvis (young James Potter) who egged her on.
The pair then discovered acting had its ups and downs on a hobbit-sized see-saw beneath Hobbiton’s famous party tree.
But the writer of the 2010 A-Team movie Brian Bloom, who also starred as its bad guy Pike, was happy to stand back and watch others take the limelight. As did voice actor Gregg Berger, who has voiced characters in the Transformers animated series and Disney’s Eeyore.
It was an afternoon of fun and frolicks for the actors, fresh off the plane for this weekend’s Armageddon Expo at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland.
Carter, who voiced Glorfindel in the 2006 Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth II video game, was visibly moved by the beauty of the set. ‘‘Beautiful’’, he said. He seemed envious that Middle Earth actors got to work in such a location, while his fiveyear stint on Bablyon 5 was confined to a studio.
‘‘We were inside and everything was computer generated.’’
Lynch echoed his sentiments. ‘‘On Harry Potter everything was filmed inside.
‘‘The detail in Potter was in the inside sets.’’
The original A-Team television series’ Howling Mad Murdoch, actor Dwight Schultz, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show actor Barry Bostwick, perhaps anticipating the hijinks, joined a standard Hobbiton tour earlier in the day and merged with the crowds.
‘‘This is so marvellous,’’ Schultz, also known to Star Trek: The Next Generation and Voyager fans as the hapless Reg Barclay, said.
‘‘I am a huge fan of the movies. It’s fabulous to see it. Coming here makes me realise [the slight of hand Peter Jackson pulled].
‘‘The filming must have been tortuously slow.’’
Seeing Hobbiton made Bostwick consider a Middle Earth marathon since he had not seen any of Jackson’s films set in Middle Earth.
‘‘I have to go and see it now,’’ he said.