Ar­maged­don stars in heart of Mid­dle Earth

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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.

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