Richard Armitage: interview

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Michelle Starr is the tiger force at the core of all things. She also writes about cool stuff and apps as CNET Australia's Crave editor. But mostly the tiger force thing.

CNET Australia caught up with The Hobbit's Richard Armitage to talk CGI, Tolkien, fat suits — and sustainable energy.

Peter Jackson's latest epic in the Tolkien saga, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, arrived in stores on Blu-ray and DVD just this week. Richard Armitage, who plays Thorin Oakenshield, king of the dwarves, caught up with CNET Australia to give us the down-low on green screen acting, how to look like a dwarf and his passion for sustainable energy.

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JohnH7 posted a comment   

So after seeing Samsung ads four times and no video, I gave up. Cnet is a tech site, right? lol


sangore posted a comment   

Nice interview, thank you. However, I cannot agree with Ms. Starr's view on sustainable energy. I have myself been an customer with "Greenpeace Energy" (Germany) for some 8 years now. And that was long before Fukushima happened, and the (pre-planned) "human chain" protest next day here in my area (greater Stuttgart area - from the Neckarwestheim Nuclear Power Station to the centre of Stuttgart and the seat of regional government - some 45 km) with a turnout of over 32,000 people (far exceeding the originally expected 10,000). Berlin got the message, and decided on phasing out nuclear - although they are now struggling with the cost of switching to sustainable and the implications for the economy. But they'll stick to it - they have to now. Besides, Germany still produces so much extra energy - despite turning off a number of nuclear power stations already, and regular "horror-power shortage" claims by the energy lobby - that they sell much of it over the border to France, and others (who DO still largely depend on nuclear power and should really be able to supply their own).
So - I've been happy with my power supplier ever since, and the are one of the very few doing the job right and investing into new plants and developments ( So - sustainable energy DOES work.

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