Did you have to retrain much for this? Is it all like getting on an old bike, and it just comes back?
No, I did. I came in early and it was a pleasurable thing to do. It's a really great character to be in the middle of. I got back in to some of the Elven movement things and the physicality of the character which is very different from… Ten years on your human body, how your human body behaves. And it was useful for me to go back and look at the Elven dialect and movement and to go back and do the archery and get my eye back in for all of those things. It was a really great enjoyable part of embracing the character again for this, so yeah.
Do you get the other actors, the newer actors in the cast come to you for insight or advice, being that you're one of the veterans of these films?
To be honest we've got some formidable actors on this movie, all of whom have actually been here a lot longer than I have in truth. They were shooting the dwarves and all of those things, that world was shooting a lot longer, so they were all much more comfortable with being on set and stuff. There's always that period before you ever go on to a movie where you just want to get one in the can, and once you got one in the can, then you're like, "Okay, I'm good to go." So I wouldn't say that's been the case, and it's also very different.
I have almost the exact opposite of that question. Have you had any scenes with some of the original cast members from the original trilogy, for example Ian McKellen, have you been working with him at all?
Not as yet. But I believe there are plans afoot, so yeah, but not as yet, no.
Any dwarf tossing like in the last trilogy?
There's some fun other dwarf moments coming up. I don’t want to give too much away, but there will be some fun interaction. It is different though, because as it was pointed out earlier, the relationship… the friendship that grew out of the relationship between Legolas and Gimli grew over a three movie period. I'm more seeing the dwarves as I would have seen them prior to going in to the Council of Elrond, which is full of disdain for what I, fundamentally as an Elf, believe their purpose is in life. There's not the same sort of thing, but there's definitely some jibes and moments that are good.
Even sillier question: have you seen The Avengers yet, and did you like the Legolas shout out in there? [Note: this interview took place in May 2012, just shortly after the release of The Avengers]
Oh, man, I have not seen it! I was going to see it last night, funnily enough. I didn't get to see it. There's a Legolas shout out? That's amazing. I really want to see it. I hear it's very, very good. It's amazing. Oh, that's cool, really? That's awesome. Good.