I borrowed some quotes by Richard from dear Ali at Richard Armitage Net pertaining to his transformation into Thorin Oakenshield.
“I started to have Thorin’s dreams, I had dreams of entering Erebor for the first time because that’s what he dreams about — so I had dreams of that.”~~Richard Armitage
Once again, Richard became totally immersed in his character, to the point of dreaming Thorin’s dreams, just as he once dreamed John Porter’s.
“The first time I was ever created into a dwarf, it was quite shocking. I remember they did like a time-lapse photography of the process and it took something in the region of 4 1/2 hours,” Armitage — who stands 6-foot-2-inches in real life, but was shrunken through movie magic for the film — told UPI at a recent New York news conference.
“I actually kept my eyes shut because I didn’t want to see how it worked and just opened my eyes at the end. It’s very strange when you don’t recognize yourself. And, actually, at that point, it was quite extreme. But they went through a process of sculpting many different kinds of face. I had an amazing sculptor …. who I used to visit at WETA, so he could look at my face and it would help him with his work.
“They eventually found something, which was invisible, but it was still there, still dwarf. And that is down to how amazing WETA is and also Tami Lane, who is an Oscar-winning prosthetics artist, her work is completely invisible. In terms of getting into character, it’s always brilliant when you look in the mirror and don’t really recognize yourself. So, I really enjoyed that side of the process,” said Armitage, who plays dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield.