Filming on “The Hobbit” trilogy is slowly coming to an end, and director Peter Jackson is doing something special to say goodbye to each of the actors that worked with him on “The Lord of the Rings” movies and now these ones.
First he took a very sad photograph with Ian McKellen, and then he did something a bit more humorous with Orlando Bloom. Spoofing the Legolas viral video “They’re Taking The Hobbits To Isengard,” Bloom made his own rendition of the song that’s earned millions of hits on YouTube.
Jackson and Bloom’s version had over 5.6 million views at press time after being posted on June 29. What caused them to make the video? What other than “a couple of beers,” of course.
“A day after saying goodbye to Gandalf and Tauriel, it was time to farewell Legolas. What a great day it was, with Orlando battling a serious Orc for all 12 hours of shooting — part of the Battle of the 5 Armies for the third Hobbit movie,” Jackson writes in the video’s YouTube description. “When we finally got the day done, we said goodbye to Orlando, had a couple of beers … and couldn’t resist doing this!”
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” comes out on Dec. 13. “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” the final film in “The Hobbit” trilogy, is slated for release on Dec. 17, 2014. Watch the original video below.