America, stand aside; it's time for New Zealand to hog the limelight when it comes to movie news for a change. The Hobbit Premiered over there last night, which for them was Wednesday evening.
Peter Jackson - the director, who decided The Hobbit was worthy of a trilogy despite being a pretty short story - gave a brief interview as he made his way down the 500-metre red carpet. "New Zealand is a very small country, it is a very young country and we like to celebrate when we punch above our weight. We sometimes do quite well at sports and now we are doing okay at movie making too," he said, according to The Wall Street Journal. Martin Freeman, who plays Bilbo Baggins, also stopped for a brief chat about being the Hobbit himself. "I love his vulnerability but I also love his strength of character. I love the fact that he feels the fear and does it anyway. I love the fact that he likes corduroy and food," he said.
Overall, it was a lovely affair, with fans even camping outside to get a glimpse of the stars as they arrived for the premiere. Samuel, age 14, though, had a different agenda "I've been here since early this morning, but I don't want to see actors, I want to see Peter Jackson," he said. A future director? We think so.