1、 Fantasy lovers remember your wonderful performance in the film THE FALL and the cult series PUSHING DAISIES… it like the most when you play in the fantastic city, as you again in THE HOBBIT ?（法国汤粉翻）
I do not know if you know, but Tarsem had made some Fall postproduction in your country, in Paris … On the Fantasy, I’ve always loved this genre which gives “carte blanche” to the imagination. It has been three years since I participated in the filming and postproduction of the Hobbit, and I must say it was a unique, truly extraordinary experience. Peter Jackson is one of the most exciting directors I've met. It can give you inspiration and make you excel. This is a bold extremely talented artist , constantly progressing and taking risks . And he knows how it should tell a story to successfully captivate people of all ages and all cultures around the world. I think we do not always realize the extraordinary achievement that is … As for me, I took a lot of pleasure to embody Thranduil , as it is a being who has many facets, and high intelligence. This is an elf with a very complex personality … It has a dark , sad nature … and it is very very very old ! (laughs) I learned a lot playing Thranduil , who is also the first character elf written by Tolkien.
我不知道你是不是了解，但是塔西姆（电影导演）在巴黎做过 《坠入》的部分后期制作……我一向非常热爱奇幻题材，这种形式的作品能将想象力发挥到极致。参与 《霍比特人》的拍摄和后期制作已经三年了，我必须得说这真的是一次十分独特且无比非凡的经历。彼得·杰克逊是我见过的最能调动人心的导演之一。和他一起工作能给你很大启发，并且让你更进一步。他是一个大胆的天才艺术家，一直都走在尝试和冒险的路上。他知道怎样讲故事才会吸引全世界所有年龄层和来自不同文化的人的目光。我觉得我们不一定会意识到这些杰出的成就……于我而言，出演瑟兰迪尔带给我非常多的乐趣，因为他是一个多面性的，超凡智慧的角色。他是个性格复杂的精灵……有着深沉哀伤的天性……他还非常非常非常的老！（笑）瑟兰迪尔是托尔金最早创造出的精灵角色之一，饰演他让我学到了很多。
2、 Peter Jackson said that your performance in The Fall was engraved in his memory. He even said that with this film, you had always been his first choice and only choice to play Thranduil … Does that mean you did not have to audition for the role ? （法国汤粉翻）
No, no . Although this is extremely flattering and very nice from Peter , I still had to audition in New York. We read some scenes and talked about the character , especially with Philippa Boyens who knows everything of Tolkien's work . I explained to him what were the specific details that I knew about this character . But what I missed this time, it was an overview of Thranduil and his motives. And that Philippa could describe me . We know that in the original novel , he never leaves his kingdom of Middle Earth to go west , to the Elven land of Valinor. He prefers to stay where it is and continue to enjoy his immortality in his huge palace - fortress.
3、 Can you talk about the motivations of Thranduil and his goals for his people and for himself? （法国汤粉翻）
I must say that playing this role, I have come to agree with the opinions of Thranduil , for several reasons. If you remember the prologue of the first episode, there is a scene where you see me with the grandfather of Thorin , and where we exchange a glance as Smaug just attacked Erebor , and the dwarves would need the help of the elves to defend themselves against this huge dragon. However Thranduil goes his way with his soldiers, without intervening. To me, what that look means is “You dwarf , you played with fire. You have amassed a huge treasure, phenomenal wealth, and you attracted trouble with such greed. And now what happens to you is your problem, not ours. You drew the dragon and you will all be roasted . I saw so many centuries I do know that I can do absolutely nothing to take you from there … I warned you that this would happen. But you did not hear me because you thought you were smarter than me. ”
In that scene and others, we understand how the elves are totally different from other peoples of Middle-earth . By their immortality, they are the sentinels of history, archivists of the past. They mock small hazards of life , people who amass fortunes and lose by greed , those who complain about what they have or do not have … What interests them are timeless concepts . Elves are forces of nature , such as very old trees that have seen so many lives , so many wars , and are still there. They have the serenity of a lion that dominates all the animals of the savanna. Thranduil is like that, always leaving some distance between himself and other people . This is the reason why he did not intervene when Smaug attack Erebor . And of course, when he sees these thirteen dwarves go on his land, because they have the draft to wake up and tackle this fearsome dragon , he can not let them do : it must absolutely stop them! It makes sense to tell them , “Now that's enough! You ‘ve done enough stupid things like that! “
4、Does he protect his people from the damage that the awakening of the dragon could cause ?（法国汤粉翻）
Yes, I think this is one reason why it is so. Although elves are immortal , they can die if they are seriously injured . Their long lives are extremely valuable , and Thranduil don't imagine putting them at risk lightly. In any case, certainly not to give a future king what he wants … This is what I find interesting about this character. His wisdom dictates a very logical behavior. And yet , Thranduil is a warrior whose courage , strength and intelligence are legendary in Middle-earth. He survived the battle of the last alliance, where his father was killed. Acts of war of his family are numerous and glorious, and dating back to the dawn of time . He is a king elf whose aura and life are legendary. He understands how things go and how to act since ages, and he hopes to leave a impeccable legacy to his successors . He is sure of his strength and when it should not be used. And I think this way of restricting himself listening only his wisdom is fascinating.
5、What did Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson say to you about the King of the Elves to guide you in your interpretation? （法国汤粉翻）
One of the pleasures we had in shooting this film was an opportunity to continue to talk about these characters with the team for dinner. This allowed us to learn more about Tolkien’s vision , in parts of the lives of the protagonists that are not addressed in the book, but to better understand these characters. Philippa Boyens knows every detail of these stories and can answer any questions you may have. Talking with Peter also helps to know what he wanted to tell about your character, and it helps you to interpret him by passing feelings and interesting information. These exchanges have helped me to know what were the expressions, postures and approach that best suited Thranduil . His way to raise eyebrows too (Ps: I didn't add this sentence, this is really Lee Pace who said that !!!! :D). Thus we know what Peter has in mind when he tells this story.
6、Have you been inspired by real politicians, leaders and kings when you started to work how to play Thranduil ? （法国汤粉翻）
Yes, I was . As well as other elves from major fantasy stories , as Oberon or the fisher King keeper of the Holy Grail . But I do not lose sight of that Thranduil is not acting as a human king . It is very different from us , as are the spirits of the woods described in Norwegian folklore , which are mischievous beings who do not mind playing tricks on men. When I was in New Zealand , I went to hike for three days around a beautiful lake . The only camera I had was my iPhone. The first night I tried my laptop to take pictures, and I could not find it anywhere , even after seeing searched all my stuff from top to bottom : either in my backpack or in my tent. The next morning , tucking all my stuff , I tried again , to no avail. Same thing the next day and the day after. The third night , I woke up suddenly, because I felt a hard object in my back. It was my IPhone , which had been stuck in the folds of my sleeping bag all this time. And I felt that the elves had played me a trick because I was walking in a very old forest, with ancient trees , with beautiful forms. It was as if they wanted to say ” we live here, and we do not like to see you come up with your modern machinery to take pictures. So we'll take it away , to get you better watch with your own eyes, and keep it in your own memory. ” That is malice that Thranduil can show !
7、What did you suggest for makeup, costume and accessories of your character? (lee-pace.net 翻)
This whole process was very collaborative. I naturally wanted Thranduil to have the appearance of a king. I loved the first dress that we have came up with, and you’ll see in the first scene of the second film. This is a golden tunic embroidered with goldornamentation on which is placed a voluminous cape, almost as wide as the portrait of King Louis XIV, in which his fur-lined cloak takes up so much space. I told Ann Maskrey, our costume designer, I wanted to give him a very impressive appearance. Meaning it was necessary that one feels immediately that when he says something, people listen and obey immediately. Thranduil did not need to argue. He does not seek anyone's approval. And if we resist it, then it's a problem that is quickly resolved in his favor!
8、We saw in the previous episode of the HOBBIT as Thranduil refused to help the dwarves when Smaug attacked and robbed them of their kingdom palaces and vast treasure ... Can you explain how this tense relationship between elves and dwarves evolves in DESOLATION Smaug? （google翻）
Indeed, there is a big dispute between our two peoples! (Laughs) But as it focuses on a very specific point, the refusal of Thranduil stop when Smaug attacked Erebor, it's not as if it were a kind of banal tension between the two suspicious people one another. Thranduil and Thorin have a problem to solve, and the events that will take place will cause them to treat it much faster than they thought.
9、We have seen that Thranduil knew to be a very tough leader in episode one … What other aspects of his personality will we discover in this sequel ? For example, what kinds of relationships Thranduil he has with his son Legolas and Tauriel , the new elf created by the writer of the film ? （法国汤粉翻）
As we know from the Lord of the Rings , Legolas will join the Fellowship of the Ring and will participate in the great struggle against the actions of the forces of evil. However, Thranduil chooses to barricade the fortress in order to protect his people. This means that there are great differences of opinion between father and son. And two completely opposing attitudes on how to manage his wealth and immortality. When you receive such a gift , what do you choose to do? Do you protect the treasure or will you risk losing everything you stand for what you think is right? On this point, Thranduil and Legolas did not agree , but as elves , family love that unites them is deeper than humans, because they have had more time in their very long lives to understand how this feeling is essential. It's the same for their understanding of death, good and evil. The elves are sentient beings, very intuitive. When I talk about sensitivity, it is not sentimentality : I mean that all their senses are extraordinarily sharp . Thranduil can feel the movement of each sheet rippling in the wind in the large forest of Mirkwood .
10、And what about his relationship with Tauriel? （google翻）
Again, it is complex, since they have very different points of view. Thranduil is intrigued by Tauriel, not because of a romantic attraction, but because he respects his courage and opinions. Tauriel is part of the people of the Elves, Thranduil and to protect them. He knows that Tauriel is an outstanding fighter, capable of killing anyone. And he likes what he sees in the depths of his soul, looking into his eyes.
11、Peter Jackson seems to be open to suggestions director. Have you submitted him ideas he learned about your character? （google翻）
Yes. Including an idea that should lead to a beautiful time of the second episode, but I do not want to ruin you in the front revealing than you've ever seen! Without giving too much away, she came to me thinking that Thranduil has such experience he has already had the opportunity to kill dragons in the past. He knows how. And he also knows the horrible things that dragons can do to people.
12、Will we have the opportunity to see the héroïde side of Thranduil in this album? He participates in the battle against Smaug in Laketown? （google翻）
Mmmm .... I do not want to say too much. (Laughs) So far we have seen Thranduil refrain from fighting wisely. We will actually see the fight, and when he will fight, it will be amazing.
13、Have you seen the previews of your scenes to help them rehearse before filming? And including the Battle of Laketown, with the destruction caused by Smaug? （google翻）
No. We started early in the preparation of these fights scenes, before we are shown previz sequences. I repeated and memorized my stunts and my fights, and then we filmed directly after, along with the "normal" scenes. The shoot was organized very flexibly to adapt to daily changes in the script, and also the fact that both films originally planned became three episodes. All this was very creative, very organic, and allowed me to learn a lot about my character during these three years of collaboration with the film crew.
14、In the appendices of the Lord of the Rings, Tolkien says that Thranduil and elves helped to destroy the evil fortress of Dol Guldur and cleanse the forest of Mirkwood by ridding it of harmful will of Sauron. Will we see these scenes in this second episode of HOBBIT? （google翻）
Without saying too much, Thanduil feels everything that happens in the forest, and Mirkwood and Dol Guldur are very close to Green-wood the great king ... This is a reflection of the land of his kingdom, as the character of the King fisherman responsible for ensuring the Holy Grail, and whose war wounds have an impact on his land, which weaken and become infertile ... There is such a symbiosis between Thranduil and forest he can not ignore a Get sneaky evil spreads. As his once pure forest, Thranduil was a little spoiled, and felt the effects of the dark forces. He is the witness of the coming of evil in Middle-earth.
15、What were the most difficult to play because of the technical procedures for preparing visual effects scenes? （google翻）
Reports of sizes between the different types of characters are always difficult to manage. This is complicating the shooting scenes with dwarf warriors. Players like to feel the reassuring presence of the director when they play because they know that if they are wrong, he can tell them right away. But when a production of this magnitude is filmed, it is also sometimes found himself in front of the green funds to turn this or that plan to be integrated into the visual effects of a larger sequence, and then you have to manage in remembering indications of game that you have been before.
What are your favourite moments of your character in the film? (lee-pace.net 翻)
One that immediately comes to mind is the scene where I welcome Thorin and the dwarves in my fortified palace after the capture. This is a very hard, very tense confrontation between two kings. There is one side a king who reigns, and the other a deposed king from his throne and the land of his ancestors, who seeks to reclaim it. I loved working with Richard Armitage. It turns out that this is the first scene in Hobbit when I show, and I remember that I thought “What a great start!” (Laughs)
What were the most challenging aspects of working on THE HOBBIT? (lee-pace.net 翻)
The hardest thing is to achieve assimilate all the abounding information and nuances of this rich universe and to think long to play his character more precisely, most sincerely… We know that these films will be seen by tens of millions of people around the world, and we want to present their flawless performance, solid, which we have seen absolutely every aspect. This is what we must do to treat the public with the respect it deserves. We can not just leave such a project by saying that no one has perhaps done his job 120%, and it does not matter if you forgot to deal with some this thing started. In any case, I do not work like that! I wanted to know everything about Thranduil, and being directed by Peter Jackson, I was in good hands. Same for Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh. I was surrounded by sympathetic allies who helped me to embody this character the best they knew everything. You know, I think if THE LORD OF THE RINGS and the first episode of HOBBIT have been so successful is because the public has seen that it was not the “Popcorn” films, as we say the United States. These are fantastic stories, certainly, but with a real human depth, and find resonance in each viewer.
Have you kept any accessories or prostheses from your character at the end of filming? (lee-pace.net 翻)
I kept my prosthetic elf ears and put them in a book, a bit like flowers are dried.
What are the most unusual memories you have from the Hobbit ?(lee-pace.net 翻)
Oh, probably filming battle scenes, because if you knew how many times I fell off the artificial momentum that I had to pretend to ride, you’d call me unworthy to play King of the Elves! I am terrified of use will be made of these overwhelming images in the bonus film when it comes out on DVD and Blu Ray! I waved my sword over my head like a valiant warrior, and I lost balance and I fell. And straightening me through my crown was on my head… It was heartbreaking. (laughs)
20、You chevauchiez an animatronic Elan? （google翻）
Yes, a lively momentum. But in other ways, I was playing on a horse named Moose, who was the lining of the momentum that has been achieved in computer graphics. Moose will be terribly disappointed not to see in the film.