Any new Middle-earth film is exciting not just for the fact that, well, it’s a new Middle-earth film, but for the new characters it brings into the Hobbit mythology.
One of the new characters introduced in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is Dain II Ironfoot, the Dwarf king of Erebor, played by cult stand-up and actor Billy Connolly, and the 71-year-old Scot has been talking to Yahoo about his time on the Peter Jackson-directed fantasy epic.
Connolly confirmed that he’ll be keeping his distinct Glaswegian accent for the movie, and talked about the makeup-heavy look of his character.
"It’s like wearing a Volkswagen," he says. "[It took] three hours a day [to apply]. Can you imagine, having your face stuck on? It’s extraordinary the way I look. My eyebrows have got braids in them, jewellery in my beard, tattoos on my forehead. If you’re standing and you’ve got iron boots on and a big axe, it gives you a certain cachet. You’re not going to say, ‘excuse me, can you tell me the time, please?’"
He also says he never used to have much time for J.R.R. Tolkien obsessives, something we hope he’s got over since then.
"When I was younger I used to meet Lord Of The Rings people and I always disliked them," he admits. "Always talking about ginks and gonks and googlewooglies – get the f*** out of the my face!"