Campus caught up with Bard the Bowman, AKA Luke Evans, to hear his thoughts on the final installment of The Hobbit, his upcoming projects and why he thinks variety is the spice of life.
So Luke, are you looking forward to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies coming out?
“Yeah, very much so. It's the final film in a 3-picture installment. It’s been a massive part of my life.”
Will you be sad to see it go?
“It’s bittersweet. In a way, I'm very excited to see the final film because it will pull together all the stories that have been developing. My character has his biggest moment in the third movie. It's very exciting, but it's very sad as well. There'll be nothing else to look forward to from middle earth for a long time.”
Did you ever think this franchise would take off as much as it did?
“Oh yeah! It had a huge following from The Lord Of The Rings. Peter Jackson himself has a massive following as a film-maker. I think a lot of people wanted to see The Hobbit being made. It's nice to see that it was embraced so lovingly by the fans and by new fans of the book. Maybe the younger audiences who might not have remembered Lord Of The Rings will start with The Hobbit and be able to go back to the three films which were made ten years ago and then follow on the storyline.”
If people liked the other movies, how will they react to this one?
“Well you'll love the third one! It's humungous.”
You were also just on our screens for another big movie, Dracula Untold. What attracted you to that film?
“It was a story that I didn't know about. It wasn't the Dracula story that you're expecting. It's about the origins. It's about the historical, real man who walked this earth in the 1400's and his story and his journey and how he becomes the most famous vampire ever.”
Do you think it's about time people started showing a different side to the whole vampire saga?
“Yeah, maybe. It's about a man. It's triggered by this immense love he has for his wife and his child and the responsibility he has to his people. You see this real human. It's not about the vampire at the beginning of the story. You're following a real human with raw emotion and it means that he's really relatable which sometimes might not be how Dracula has been portrayed before. So yeah, it's a different take.”
Would you relate to him?
“A little bit. I understand the good side to him. I see that he's trying to do the right thing and he's a man with very little options left to him. I sort of understand that. He's a man fighting for what is right and it makes you think how far you'll go for your loved ones and what you'll do.”
You filmed Dracula Untold here in Ireland, how was that?
“I loved it! I've just shot another movie over here too, High Rise.”
What's that about?
“Well it's a J.G. Ballard novel. It's a very dark, intriguing story about basically his observation of social hierarchy based in the future but written in 1975. It's a very interesting story. It's a film that doesn't get made nowadays. Films like this just don't get made so audiences will get to see something very brave, very different, very shocking and quite brilliant at the same time.”
Sounds very different to your role in The Hobbit and Dracula. Do you try to keep varying the roles that you play?
“I think you have to. It's a bit like life, isn't it? You've got to keep it interesting. You only get to live once and I only get this one career so I may as well try out all these different jobs and roles and sizes and genres. It's about keeping things interesting, not just for yourself but for people who come and watch movies.”
The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies hits our screens, December 12th.
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