After a minute-long pause of all of us just staring at each other, Peter Jackson and Anderson Cooper confirmed that everyone watching on the internet was officially “offline.” Peter Jackson spoke for a few minutes about what we were about to see: the music video for “I See Fire,” followed by twenty minutes of film from The Desolation of Smaug. While he assumed that most of us had blogs, he politely asked that we not give too many spoilers away, and then, he instilled the fear of Sauron in us if we tried to record any of it. On that note, I will try not to give away too much in terms of spoilers, but if you have not read the book, this will definitely contain spoilers for you.
So, I really don’t need to rehash verbatim what went on during the Q&A. Luckily, if you want to see every word that was spoken, TheOneRing.net transcribed the Q&A in its entirety.
Anderson Cooper started things off in New York, introducing Orlando Bloom (Legolas) and Richard Armitage (Thorin) before calling upon Edith Bowman in London. She introduced Luke Evans (Bard), Lee Pace (Thranduil), and Andy Serkis (formerly, Gollum/Smeagol, and the second unit director of The Hobbit trilogy) along with all of the excited fans in London. Anderson then looks to Los Angeles where Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican is standing by with Evangeline Lilly (Tauriel). “Don’t hate… don’t hate,” Evangeline said, and, according to Anthony, she’s threatened to kick the ass of anyone in LA who doesn’t like her character. Good girl. Right off the bat, you can’t not like her; she’s beautiful, and intimidating, AND speaks Elvish—try to find a nerd who can stand up to all of that. Sorry, guys; she’s awesome. Then, everyone starts geek-ing out when Anderson introduces Jed Brophy (Nori) who is live from Wellington, New Zealand with Peter Jackson.