Well, these took approximately a million years. But hey, they’re done now, and I learned a lot long the way. Unfortunately, I also lost the original order I wanted to put them in after they were paired up.. Oh well, first and last are still the same.
"One of the things we knew the character needed to have was innate strength. That’s what we saw in Richard. He came in and read and it was one of those moments where you go ‘Thorin Oakenshield just turned up’."
"The most important thing was to find someone who would fit with Aidan, because Aidan was already cast… Dean was the first person that Peter said to specifically check the availability on."
"Aidan Turner first read for an elf. He literally went on the board but we didn’t know who he was going to play. But he felt so right, for the world of Middle Earth."