The cast of the new Hobbit movie was given a warm welcome for its European premiere in Berlin.
A week after its world premiere in Los Angeles, the second part of Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ continues its worldwide release.
The New Zealand director, who shot to international fame with his ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, was overwhelmed by the fans’ enthusiasm:
“It feels great. I mean, it is just great to see them (fans). It is like seeing brothers or sisters. It is very much reuniting a family,” said Peter Jackson.
British actor Luke Evans, who plays Bard the Bowman, was also impressed by the reception the film was given in Berlin.
“It’s extraordinary. I mean I am very happy to be in Berlin doing this. It’s one of those cities, they really know how to put on a premiere and it’s so great to be here for the European premiere,” said the actor.
On worldwide release now, ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ has already made 79 million dollars on its opening weekend in the US and is expected to break all records.
In other cinema news, the cast of ‘Saving Mr Banks’ hit the red carpet for its Los Angeles premiere.
Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney and Emma Thompson is Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers in this fictionalised account of the novel’s Disney adaptation.
Travers strongly disapproved of the 1964 Disney adaptation of her novel, which she felt diluted her character. She was opposed to the music and the use of animation.
The film won five Oscars including Best Actress for Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins.