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The Men Behind The Make-Up: The Dwarves Of The Hobbit
A handy guide to Middle-earth's new company

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Dean O'Gorman
Dean O'Gorman's a New Zealander. How do we know? Well, sure, he was born in Auckland, but we really know because he's acted in Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules and Farscape, a far better test of Kiwi citizenship than any mere birth record. He's also apparently a karate black belt, which could make him an interesting dwarf to fight.

Aidan Turner
Aidan Turner, meanwhile, is best known on these shores as the vampiric star of Being Human, aka John Mitchell. Irish born and raised, trained at the Gaiety and generally so hot right now, Turner has only appeared in one feature film before, but a wealth of costume dramas and such should see him right in this mega-production. And hey! Peter Jackson got Orlando Bloom off to a good start: Turner could see his career go stratospheric from here, judging by the fact that the costume designers have succeeded in making Fili a wildly attractiveTolkien dwarf. Gimli eat your heart out.

About The Characters...
Fili and Kili are brothers, the youngest of the dwarves on the mission and probably the most fun. Both sport yellow beards and blue hoods in the book, but here they've gone for a more individual and vastly cooler look - these are, if you will, rockstar dwarves. And that's appropriate: these two are forever sent out scouting, their keen young eyesight getting the group out of any end of trouble and their initiative helping in any number of circumstances. They're also closer to Bilbo than any of the other dwarves except, perhaps, Balin, and are with him when he makes one of his key discoveries in the book. No, not the bit where he finds a certain Precious. One of the other ones. You won't be seeing it until 2013, so don't stress about it yet.

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Have Your Say
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Your Comments
1 RE: Bofur
Posted on Tuesday August 2, 2011, 15:53 by ktscarf
Sorry if this is a silly question but have they papped Rob Kasinsky (formerly off of Eastenders) from the cast then? I thought he featured at the press conference Empire covered in 'The Slate' a couple of months ago as one of the dwarves. Read More

2 Bofur
Posted on Monday August 1, 2011, 15:25 by Enzino
They'll probably give Bofur more to do in the film as James Nesbitt is playing him. Read More

3 Kili -- a sexy dwarf?!
Posted on Monday August 1, 2011, 15:14 by Enzino
Who knew dwarves could be sexy? But judging from this picture of Kili I have to agree. Glad there's going to be some eye candy for the ladies and gay guys. Read More

4 Oh, and favorite dwarf?
Posted on Friday July 29, 2011, 15:25 by trinsghost
They all look fantastic. A great amount of detail went into each individual dwarf in the storyline. As for favorites though, Fili would be my first pick (go Deano!) followed by Thorin (Richard). I'm sure the latter gent will prove he is no Klingon (already evident by the lack of forehead protrusions). And Fili just looks kickass with his weapons (I see three there) and his mischievous smile. Read More

5 Switch the youngin's names
Posted on Friday July 29, 2011, 15:20 by trinsghost
Dean is Fili, and Aidan is Kili. You've got them in reverse. ;-) Read More

6 Dwarf or Klingon?
Posted on Friday July 29, 2011, 15:19 by markswood
Thorin could walk straight onto the Star Trek set as a Klingon warrior! Maybe he could be called Klingloin. Read More

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