"I'm standing at a bus stop next to a massive flag of Thorin, and I'm standing there thinking, 'Everyone's looking at this flag and yeah, you don't realise that the man on that flag is standing in the bus stop with you'." British actor Richard Armitage's makeover for his role as dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit movies made him unrecognisable to onlookers.