The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has opened in theaters all around the world, from Mongolia to Paraguay, Serbia to Venezuela. Basically, Bilbo and his band of brave dwarves are everywhere. This means we can at long last get some idea of what it was like for the natives of New Zealand during the 266 days it took to shoot Peter Jackson's latest J.R.R. Tolkien-inspired trilogy. Reportedly enlisting a small army of set builders, actors, visual effects specialists, and production assistants, the nation was practically overrun by all things Hobbit last year.
The kiwi band Claude Rains had a bit of fun with some of the film's cast in a special Hobbit Version music video for their sweet song "You Say." As band mates Murray Hewitt, Heather Weir, and Andrew Bain play guitar, tambourine and bass respectively, they are surrounded by off-duty dwarves James Nesbitt (Bofur), Stephen Hunter (Bombur), Graham McTavish (Dwalin), Jed Brophy (Nori), Adam Brown (Ori), and Mark Hadlow (Dori). Check it out below, thanks to a tip from The Mary Sue:
Released last summer while The Hobbit trilogy was still in production, the music video's caption reads:
"It's impossible to go anywhere in Wellington at the moment, even if it's an old skatepark in Avalon, Lower Hutt, and not have actors from The Hobbit trying to upstage us..."
Of course it's all in good fun, even when one dwarf gets uncomfortably close to the beautiful Weir. And after the bad press the nation unfairly earned yesterday because of one politician's bizarre demand that millions in subsidies be returned, it's nice to see some New Zealanders relishing in the attention the fantasy franchise has brought to the beautiful country.
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