Born in 1983 Irishman Aidan Turner briefly appeared in the series The Tudors, but he became widely known through the BBC-series Being Human where he played a vampire. In Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of The Hobbit, he plays the dwarf Kili, the younger brother of Fili and nephew of Thorin Oakenshield. NAUTILUS reporter Alexander Huiskes could do an exclusive interview with Aidan Turner.
Hello, Mr. Turner.
Call me Aidan, Mr. Turner sounds too formal.
How did you get this role?
This is pretty much the first question everybody asks me. Do you really want to hear all stages of the decision process? Such a casting develops over a long time and each one is different. During the Castings a thousand things run through your head, but I was relieved and in awe when I was cast. Peter Jackson made film history with The Lord of the Rings and suddenly I was part of this universe, which is based on stories that were created long before my birth. I was very very happy. And curious how Kili would feel during the filming.
When you knew that you were cast as a dwarf …
(Interrupts) … although I’m pretty much the average human size …
… How did you prepare for that?
When the decision was made, I had twelve weeks of intensive training, fitness training, sword fighting, fight choreography, dress rehearsals, and of course I had to read the script and the novel The Hobbit.
What does it feel like when you play a dwarf and deal with objects and backgrounds, which are scaled differently?
Aren’t we all somehow dwarves – some bigger, the other smaller? (Laughs) No, most of the work was really done by the camera people with different perspectives. You get used to the rest pretty quickly.
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