Costume is a massive thing. I think costume makes you stand differently.

It's just hard to get an independent film made.

I come from the countryside. I come from a bunch of horticulture family members. My best friend was a farmer's boy.

I'm not one of those superstitious people.

In all honesty, I should have given up this acting lark years ago.

I don't need to be super-ripped all year round. That's a pretty miserable way to live your life.

I've dabbled in period films in my career, and I've enjoyed each one.

Vampires were always able to transform into creatures of the night. The dark creatures like bats have always been associated with vampires and using the darkness to their own advantage.

Most of the time, you do films and they can be big films, but you are rarely aware of the fan base that comes with it.

I was often looked at as a leper by kids at school because I was a Jehovah's Witness. They didn't like it - you were 'weird'. And on Saturday mornings, you'd be knocking at their doors. I remember standing there with my mum and dad, thinking, 'Oh my God, I know whose door this is, and I'll have to see them on Monday.' It was terrible.

I think starting a cinema career late in life has more advantages than disadvantages.

It was very weird because for a long time no one really recognised me from my films, but 'The Hobbit' has totally changed that, and I've had some really special moments, especially with youngsters.

It was never really part of my plan to be in films; it was really sort of a dream.

I guess maybe directors see a face that seems to have been lived in. I know that my face has been lived in, yeah.

Every time you get in shape for a role, there's a different way to do it so it doesn't get boring.

In theater, you sometimes can only do one or two jobs a year because they're long periods. In film, you can shoot so many. It's quite interesting.

There are certain tuxes you can get away with a black tie, but with others, you'd be dishonoring the workmanship if you didn't wear a full bow tie.

I'd like to make a film musical. That's really my dream.

I don't comment on other people's opinion.

People want to hear your stories about these wonderful experiences you have, and that's what press tours are for.

A longbow takes a massive draw for the arrow to go anywhere.

I felt alive when I read a script and acted out a scene, or sang a song. It was my dream. I'm just very lucky that I'm still doing it and able to earn a living from it.

I research the role, and if it's a literary character, I read the book, and if it's an historical figure, I research documents and biographies. If it's a fictional character, I work off the script.

'The Desolation of Smaug' stands alone as an action/adventure epic movie. It's visually stunning, and the 3D is incredible. Plus, it's directed by Peter Jackson, and he's extraordinary.

There are certain films you want to see on the big screen.

I've always had quite long canines. It's a very strange thing. My parents don't have them.

In 10 years, I'd love to live near the sea, in a warmer climate. I could see myself with three dogs... and it'd be great to share them with someone else.

In the future, I would like to do more films with contemporary themes. Perhaps comedy, which is something I have done in theater but not in cinema.

If you decide you want to work in the film industry, you just have to bite the bullet and take other jobs until the proper jobs come in.

I'm this dude that can play a farmhand and a handyman and sometimes a Greek god.

I have seen 'Fast Six,' and it's awesome.

I think every role you take on, you should take on the responsibility of doing the best representation of that person or that character or that role. When it is a human being that has actually existed, and it is a person that people know of, yeah, you feel an even more amount of pressure to do a good job.

I guess once you've been acting for a long time, you glean the great bits of good directors and the bad bits from other directors, and you know the way that you would like to be directed.

Peter Jackson is a wonderful man. He's a great director. He's found his niche in life.

You don't want to play the same roles or do the same genre.

The fascination for the Great Train Robbery has never diminished.

You can read 50 great things about yourself, but the one bad thing will be what you remember most.

Living in New Zealand, it's like a different world - it is a different world. It's very, very cool.

I understand, certain scenes have to have a lot of takes. As an actor, I think it's quite nice to have a handful of takes, because you don't want to do it once or twice; I think once or twice sometimes is quite terrifying because you don't really feel like you've given them what you want.

Sometimes I eat at, like, 9:30 at night and then go to bed at 10:30 and wake up at 4:00.

You have to give everything to every job you do.

I've got two cows licks; when I was a kid, all the boys in school used to have curtains, and my hair never used to do that, ever! I always used to try, and I always looked like the geek.

I don't see enough theatre.

When I was focusing on theater, I would go on for months without any work and could hardly pay the rent.

Most men have an insecurity of some sort. But we're brought up to believe that we can't show them.

I had a very difficult upbringing.

I'm basically turning my apartment into an armory.

I always wanted to get into proper shape.

I just love the sound of a black woman's voice.