In an interview with HitFix Richard, who plays the dwarf Thorin Oakenshield, says,
“Being in those bloody barrels, it was like being at the fun fair for three days,” he tells us. “In an unsinkable barrel getting dumped on with tons of water, it was just relentless, and kind of frustrating, but fun at the same time. And I was like, ‘We will never have another day like that on a film set.’ It was like being a child on a constant rollercoaster that you just didn’t get off all day. So that was pretty amazing.
“Because you are moving around so much, we were absolutely baking hot and really desperate to go to the loo,” he says. “But they wouldn’t let us get out of the barrels to go to the loo, so we were trying to work out who did it in the wetsuit and who didn’t. I resisted for the sake of Wardrobe. I didn’t want them wringing out my wetsuit at the end of the night.”
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Richard also talks about the prosthetics. He says,
“I think I’ve aged about ten years, because having two hundred and fifty of those [dwarf] prosthetics put on your face every day and taken off, I might need a bit of surgery when this is over.”
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is in cinemas from 13 December, 2013.