‘The Hobbit’ Final Battle Is ‘Bigger, Better, Crazier’

Luke Evans teases 'There And Back Again,' plus watch an exclusive featurette.

Another installment of Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” trilogy is hitting Blu-ray and DVD next week (April 8), and that means two things. We get to look back at another awesome adventure in Middle-earth, and a new movie not that far out of sight.

Appropriately, to celebrate “The Desolation of Smaug” hitting store shelves, we have an exclusive look at a behind-the-scenes featurette with Orlando Bloom as Legolas practicing a fight scene, and I spoke with Luke Evans (Bard the Bowman) about what’s coming next in “There and Back Again.”

Check both out below!

MTV: It must have been exciting to finally get to show up in a “Hobbit” movie after waiting through “An Unexpected Journey.”
Luke Evans: It was lovely. It was really nice. Obviously, I had watched the first film come out and it do really well and everybody talking about the characters but nobody had really thought about Bard the Bowman. I had to wait patiently. It was great to see him come to life, and he does play such an important role in the film that it was like finally seeing Bard’s character and also Lake-town because it’s such a fantastic backdrop. It’s also exciting knowing how much of Bard’s story there’s left to be told.

MTV: Well, you almost made it into the first movie, right? I read that Bard was supposed to be the last shot when “The Hobbit” was just two movies.

LE: I have no idea. [Laughs]

MTV: Well, you’ve got a big movie ahead of you with “There and Back Again.”
LE: Oh, totally. We’ve only just touched on Bard’s real storyline. It’s exciting. That’s why I’m so excited about it.

MTV: Fans of the book will be looking forward to a very big scene. What can you tell us about those days on set?
LE: There’s a lot I can’t talk about obviously because I’m going to have to talk about this again in December when the film actually does come out. There are some amazing moments in the third film. All I can say is that it was very powerful, incredibly emotional and physically some of the hardest stuff I’ve ever done.

And obviously, there’s an enormous fight coming, which Bard plays a role in. How does The Battle of Five Armies stack up to what we’ve seen in “The Lord of the Rings”?
LE: Peter wanted to do something bigger, better, even crazier than what he did in “The Lord of the Rings.” That’s a feat in and of itself. We all know what the battles were like in “The Lord of the Rings.” They’re going to be treated to something spectacular, I’m sure.

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” hits Blu-ray and DVD on April 8.

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