hobbit Commonly referred to as the ‘extravagantly bearded ginger dwarf’ of the thirteen wee warriors in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit series, Stephen Hunter in real-life is far removed from his onscreen character Bombur. Taller and at least three Goblins lighter than his alter-ego, the actor is at his core a massive Lord of the Rings fan – which is why being a part of Middle Earth is “the job of a lifetime”. The most obvious thing that strikes you about Hunter is his almost childish enthusiasm for anything movie-related. When talk veers towards his Five Star Film and cinematic classics, his eyes light up and he leans forward in his chair. Busy on The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug promotion trail, the Kiwi performer sat down with Graffiti to talk his favourite flicks.

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“Gee, there’s so many I can’t name just one. I love the classics: I love The Godfather and anything that Marlon Brando has done I just adore. Orson Welles is a complete genius and – James Dean too – guys like that who are ahead of their time. When a lot of actors were very theatrical, they had a natural style that really stood out.

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My favourite movies at the moment though are anything with Will Ferrell. I think he’s a genius. I love comedy. I think the original Anchorman is one of my favourite movies of all time and I saw the sequel the other day – it was different – but there’s nothing that he has done that I haven’t liked. There’s always tid-bits of his stuff that’s gold. Even Land Of The Lost with him and Danny McBride is one of my favourites because it’s so corny and so ridiculous.”

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Maria Lewis - follow Maria on Twitter here: @moviemazz or on top-rating film podcast Pod Save Our Screen, available now on iTunes.

Sydney, Australia. Getting her start as a police reporter, her writing on pop culture has appeared in publications such as the New York Post, Guardian, Penthouse, The Daily Mail, Empire Magazine, Gizmodo, Huffington Post, The Daily and Sunday Telegraph, i09, Junkee and many more. Previously seen as a presenter on SBS Viceland’s nightly news program The Feed and as the host of Cleverfan on ABC, she has been a journalist for over 15 years.

Her best-selling debut novel Who's Afraid? was published in 2016, followed by its sequel Who’s Afraid Too? in 2017, which was nominated for Best Horror Novel at the Aurealis Awards in 2018. Who’s Afraid? is being developed for television by the Emmy and BAFTA award-winning Hoodlum Entertainment. Her Young Adult debut, It Came From The Deep, was released globally on October 31, Halloween, 2017 and is a twist on The Little Mermaid meets Creature From The Black Lagoon.

Her fourth book, The Witch Who Courted Death, was released on Halloween, 2018 and nominated for Best Fantasy Novel at the Aurealis Awards in 2019. Her fifth novel set within the share supernatural universe is due for release in October, 2019.