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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