Thorin Thursday: Richard facing fears, getting ‘giffy’ in a wine barrel


Excerpt from the above interview with RA responding to query about what he is anticipating most seeing in DOS:

“I think the barrel sequence [in which the dwarves escape their elf captors by river, hidden in wine barrels],” he answered when posed the question by TotalFilm, “which we all thought was going to be the finale of the first film, is going to be incredible. I’ve seen all the various pieces: the aerial shots of waterfalls with barrels going down them, the very fast-moving river set where we were submerged under water, the wild river we’re floating down towards the end of the sequence… I think it’ll be one of the most thrilling parts of the second film.”

And I couldn’t help but think once more about Richard’s fears regarding water. Once again he’s not just in the water, he’s under it for a portion of the sequence, getting soaked to the skin, no doubt taking in some of it on this “fast-moving” river set. It must have been slightly terrifying and totally exhilarating all at the same time.  But hey, he was relaxed enough to play fish toss with Adam Brown. And chill with the fellow dwarves afterwards . . .


Click on the following three GIFs to see Thorin in action:




I can only think it’s going to be a very exciting sequence, indeed, complete with wet, roaring, angsty Thorin. Doesn’t get better than that!

And once again, I am impressed by Richard’s dedication to his craft and his willingness to feel the fear, to face it and to do whatever it takes to get things right. (Is it really nine months until we see him on the big screen again?! )

15 responses »

  1. His willingness to face his fears has always impressed me to no end, considering I now know the story behind his fear of water. That is dedication, in my book, and you have to admire him for it–among all the other things we have to admire him for.

    • I feel really dumb for asking, and I’m so sorry, but what is RA’s reason for his fear of water? I never knew there was a story behind it.

      • When he was a young child, he fell into a pond and it left him with a lasting phobia re “dark water.” He can swim but says he will never be a “water baby.”

      • You aren’t dumb at all, I only learned of this very recently myself. Apparently when he was a toddler, he was strapped into a pram, which somehow wound up in a pond or lake or something like that–there wasn’t a great deal of detail, but I guess he was old enough that the trauma stayed with him. He can swim, he just doesn’t (a comment he’s made several times himself), and he just isn’t a water baby. Which makes it all the more admirable (especially in the case of the “Captain America” sequence) and amazing that he does what he does.

  2. And he’s done it again and again–playing Lee, the waterboarding sequences in two different shows, the underwater sub in Captain America, now this. I do admire his dedication and professionalism here and in so many other ways–he’s really someone I truly look up to, aside from appreciating his talent and admiring his beauty.

  3. He’s so brave and wonderful, and his skill has no limits-he’s only going to get better with age and experience… *sigh* Wet, roaring Thorin is so… erm… attractive, too ;P

  4. HOW IN DURIN’S NAME DID I MISS THIS POST!???? Oh my goodness the fish toss? CRIKEY, is it wrong I just want to climb in that barrel right along with him!?

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