In a recent interview, actor Billy Connolly, who plays Dain Ironfoot in the films, said he didn't particularly like The Hobbit films.
Connolly will be playing the part of Dain II Ironfoot in The Hobbit: There and Back Again.
The actor admitted to not being a fan of Tolkien's epic trilogy on the Conan O'Brien's late night show. But then he went on to clarify suggesting that he liked the movies very much but had never actually read the books.
When Jackson approached Connolly for the part he asked him if he was familiar with the source material. Connolly curtly responded saying that he hadn't and he didn't like people who had. But Jackson didn't take it the wrong way and burst out laughing at Connolly's response.
The comedian also spoke with O'Brien about his makeup and the process of transforming him into one of the dwarves of the film. Connolly has Parkinson's but his condition has improved drastically.
In a recent interview with Hypable, Jackson spoke about his decision to break the story into three parts, making it a trilogy, suggesting he wanted to give it a similar structure as he gave The Lord of the Rings.
"You want the narrative to be told either through the dialogue or the actions, so that's really why we ended up with the depth and exploring the character depth that we had done on The Lord of the Rings," he said.
The director went on to speak about needing three parts to engage the complexity of the story.
"I was also acutely aware that there was going to be, ultimately, when this cycle of releasing a movie each year is done, you're going to end up with six films. The Unexpected Journey being the beginning and the Return of the King being the end. I did want to have a unity. I didn't want to make The Hobbit feel any more simple. We wanted it to feel like it was the same," he said.
The Hobbit: There and Back Again will hit theaters on December 18.
Watch the interview here: