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2013: 25 Great Behind-The-Scenes Photos
Pulling back the curtain on the biggest movies of the year

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As Empire’s Big-Massive-End-Of-Year-Shindig-Review-Thing heads towards the bit where Samuel L. Jackson turns up and everyone cheers, it’s time to take a look at the stories behind the stories. In a gallery of behind-the-scenes images so compelling, curious and revelatory we recommend you don’t drive or operate heavy machinery immediately after looking at them, here’s the movie year in on-set photos. Welcome to our, if you will, shoot-enanny.

WORDS PHIL DE SEMLYEN

 
THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

The Desolation Of Smaug, A.K.A. Bilbo And His Pintsize Pals Learn How To Spell ‘Wyrm’, returned Ian McKellen to New Zealand for more wizarding adventures. This time he was dwarfed, on screen at least, by Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt, the even lankier skin-changing bear-chap Beorn. Not that he was letting that bother him, since he had Radagast to hang out with. “I feel very proud to be part of the first buddy-wizard movie,” he enthused in Empire. “I hope Christopher Lee isn’t too upset. We got down and boogied in the first film, after all…”

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