Luke Evans plays archer Bard the Bowman, a non-magical human n Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" trilogy, whose second film, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," was released on Dec. 13 -- Friday the 13th.Spoiler alert!
In the movie, main hero Bilbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman, continues his quest to try to defeat the dragon Smaug, voiced by Freeman's "Sherlock" co-star Benedict Cumberbatch. Ian McKellen reprises his role as the wizard Gandalf -- a part he also played in Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" films. He and a group of dwarves, including leader Thorin, played by Richard Armitage, accompany Baggins and Bard finds himself helping the them.
Evans, a 34-year-old Welsh actor, also reprises the role in the third movie, "The Hobbit: There and Back Again," which has already been filmed and hits theaters in December 2014. He talked to OTRC.com about his role in a recent interview. Check out 3 highlights from the interview below and watch the full version by clicking on the videos, above (also includes a clip from the second "Hobbit" film with Evans and Armitage).
1. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" is dark and like "an action movie".
The first "Hobbit" movie, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," was released in 2012. Evans says the second film is darker.
"That's what separates it from the first movie," he said. "All of a sudden now, there's politics, there's deception, there's darkness, there's a threat and that's why there is this pace to the second film. It's much like an action movie than it is a fairy tale, fantasy film."
2. He likes going to "The Hobbit" premieres.
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" marks one of Evans' most prominent film roles. He made his major big screen debut in the 2010 remake of "Clash of the Titans," in which he played Apollo. He later portrayed Aramis in the 2011 film "The Three Musketeers" -- which also starred "The Hobbit" actor Orlando Bloom -- and Shaw in "Fast & Furious 6." He will soon play lead character Eric Draven in the upcoming reboot of "The Crow."
Over the past few weeks, Evans and other "Hobbit" cast members have traveled to places such as Berlin, Madrid and Los Angeles to promote the second film.
"The press junkets are a bit hard because you have to talk all day long and you get sick of listening to your own voice but the premieres are wonderful because it's the first time people you don't now are watching the movie so their reaction is really instantaneous and that's always wonderful to experience and listen and feel the energy in the room," he told OTRC.com.
3. His "Hobbit" character gets more physical in the third film.
"Bard is here to save the day," Evans told OTRC.com.
"There was quite a lot in the third movie, physically, that was very, very demanding," Evans said. "There's some incredibly strenuous things ... Peter got me to do. Peter likes it to be physical. If he can see that you're capable of doing it, he keeps pushing the boundaries as far as he can, which is great."Reporting by Cari Skillman of KABC Television, which produces the nationally syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).