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Nad 12-02-2012 11:43 AM

Bombur/Stephen Hunter Appreciation #1
Bombur was one of the twelve companions with Thorin and Bilbo on the Quest of Erebor. The cousin of Bifur and brother of Bofur, he was not descended from Durin.

Stephen Hunter is a New Zealand actor and voice over artist, currently based in Sydney, Australia. His resume can be found here.

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your creation 12-02-2012 03:16 PM

I cannot wait to meet him, thanks for the thread!

Nad 12-03-2012 11:18 PM

Here's a short interview with Stephen Hunter - follow the link as the video can't be embedded :)


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Interview - Stephen Hunter
Read more at The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Interview - Stephen Hunter - Trailer Addict

your creation 12-04-2012 03:08 PM

Ooh thanks!

Nad 12-07-2012 08:47 AM

Empire Online are publishing an interview with each of the Dwarves each day up until the premiere on December 13:


The Hobbit Interviews: Stephen Hunter On Bombur
'He just hits whatever gets in the road...'

Should there ever be a Dwarvish MasterChef, Bombur would be the one flambéing things and sweating nervously while Gregg and John pick over his lembas cheesecake and petty-dwarf consommé. He’s the chef in Thorin’s company, as well as a fearsome fighter and a source of much comic relief, stemming, says New Zealander Stephen Hunter, from the fact that “he’s a bit clumsy”. Orcs better run for cover, Bombur coming...

Tell us about Bombur...
It’s quite surprising how similar a lot of our characters are to ourselves. I mean Bombur, he obviously eats a lot and he’s a big character, but there’s a whole lot of other things that come along with him as well. He’s the chef and fond of his family – he’s very close with Bofur and Bifur - and I cooking in real life and love food. I cooked a feast for the boys on one of the early weekends. This little BBQ for all the other dwarves.

You seem like a tight unit.
The relationships I’ve formed with the guys off set is the real basis to what we’re doing on set, because we’ve become really close and I can see how some of the personalities are shining through in the characters and vice versa – which is a credit to Peter and Fran (screenwriter/ producer Walsh) and Phil (screenwriter/ producer Boyens) for their casting.

Did you know you were up to play Bombur beforehand?
Not really, though I had a sneaking suspicion that Bombur could be the role I’d got. It certainly crossed my mind but not consciously. I’m based in Sydney, so I flew to Auckland for the audition and then three months later got a phone call from my agent telling me I’d been cast as Bombur. It was insane. I knew there was a lot of comical things about him and physical comedy, too.

What stage was the production at when you auditioned? Was it Peter directing at that point?
No, it wasn’t official. Reading between the lines, you could presume that that would be the case but no-one really knew. There were auditions and then the process was stopped for a bit, and then they started auditioning other characters. Even after we got the call for the job there were a lot of things up in the air, which thankfully have all got sorted and here we are.

Have you got your head around the fact that you’re going to be doing this for a year, if not longer?
Not really. You know you’re going to be here for a long time and my family has moved over and it’s exciting, but once the movie is released... well, I’ve never been exposed to any of that before. But I enjoy the whole Middle-earth story, and Tolkien, and I know people are very passionate about it. If that makes people happy, then doing the conventions is going to be exciting.

Tell us more about Bombur. He is kind of the clown in a class of clowns.
I don’t think he means to be. That comes down to the physical side of him – just him walking or doing things, and the fact that he’s immense and he is so passionate about food. That just makes him comical. He’s a bit clumsy. There are a few surprises that will come up as well.

He has very distinctive look.
Pete, Fran and Phil had a really clear view of what Bom was going to look like. The first time I saw it, it was quite a shock, but it was good, because he was so different to the others. You knew he wouldn’t get lost in the rest of the thirteen. I mean, Bom will never get lost because he’s so big, but I really liked the idea of having a distinctive beard and hair.

Does he have a distinctive fighting method?
He’s a very good fighter. I mean, Bofur, Bifur and Bofur are more scrappers, not your traditional style – we’d grab anything, tree-trunks or a big ladle or whatever you can fight with. He’s not too technical, doesn’t really move, just hits whatever gets in the road.

The Hobbit’s tone is slightly different from Lord Of The Rings, isn’t it?
The storyline’s a lot simpler. The dwarves give you so much scope to explore. I mean, you had Gimli [in Lord Of The Rings] but it didn’t really get into the world of dwarves. So it’s going to be exciting for people to see what life is like as a dwarf, because there’s so much variation.

What is the dwarf state of mind?
I guess going to Lonely Mountain means different things for all of us. I mean our guys (Bofur, Bifur, Bombur ) are more scrappers, we’re not from the line of Durin, so we’re maybe in it for the money, or we need the money to look after our family – so it’s not so much about the royal thing.

Do you think small?
No, we just roll.

your creation 12-07-2012 10:12 AM

I am getting so excited:D

Nad 12-09-2012 10:25 AM

I think Bombur is going to be one of my favorite dwarves :nod:

your creation 12-09-2012 02:51 PM

He seems like a lot of fun!

ride the lightning 12-09-2012 03:40 PM


Do you think small?
No, we just roll.
:rotfl: Love it.

your creation 12-10-2012 05:29 AM

See, hilarious:lol:

Nad 12-15-2012 11:57 AM


‘Hobbit’: Stephen Hunter on Bombur’s blubber, dwarf boot camp
Dec. 10, 2012 | 10:15 a.m.

One of the most memorable dwarfs in “The Hobbit” is Bombur, described by J.R.R. Tolkien as “immensely fat and heavy.” The role was big in more ways than one for Stephen Hunter, the Sydney-based actor who brings the character to life in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” which opens in theaters Friday. The Peter Jackson-directed trilogy is the first major feature film for Hunter, whose previous work includes parts in Australian television series. Hero Complex spoke with Hunter about landing the role, working with the brotherhood of dwarfs and grappling with his character’s enormous girth.

HC: Can you tell us a little bit about auditioning? How did you get the role?

SH: I actually auditioned for “The Lord of the Rings” right at the very start. … I just did a general audition a long time ago, and it was really when I’d just started out acting. I followed the films, and I was sitting on my computer in Sydney on the blog when they won all of the awards for “The Return of the King,” and I saw all of the special features, so I was a really big follower. So then when I knew they were doing “The Hobbit,” I got in touch with my old New Zealand agent — I live in Australia now — and I said, “Look, I think we should hook up again. They’re doing ‘The Hobbit,’ you know, and obviously I was a bit early last time with ‘Lord of the Rings,’ but I really want to do this.” And this was 2 1/2 years out from auditions. … And then suddenly an audition came up, and I did a lot of preparation and then did the audition.

HC: What was that like?

SH: I auditioned with Liz Mullane, she was casting it, and I auditioned with Miranda Rivers. A friend of mine told me I should do some exercise before and just pump myself up, because it’s quite a high-energy sort of style, and I remember almost getting out of breath before I went in. I think I did two takes and that was it. She did make the comment that I did look like a dwarf. There was a commercial on at the time where I sort of take my shirt off, and I’m screaming down this big flying fox, and it actually did really well. It won a couple of awards in New Zealand, and it was quite comical as well. She did make the comment that she saw that and thought I’d make a good dwarf. I kind of figured if I couldn’t get a job as a dwarf looking as I do, I should just give up acting.

HC: Did you have to wait a long time before you found out if you had the part?

SH: I then heard nothing for close to three months, and we were expecting Rosie, our little girl, and my wife Laura was 6 1/2 months pregnant, and suddenly I got the phone call. “You’ve been offered the role of Bombur.” I’ll never forget the moment. It was pretty incredible. And of course Laura was excited, but then it suddenly dawned on her that we’re about to have our first child, and she’s going to be whisked away to another country.

HC: That must have been difficult.

SH: I think it was obviously a lot more difficult for her having to leave her family and friends and bring up a child somewhere she’d never lived before. For me, it was coming home, especially to Wellington. I was born in Wellington. That’s my hometown. My brother and my mum and dad, they were all born in Wellington, so we’re all pretty much born-and-bred Wellingtonians, so it was great coming home. As it turned out, we were there for like a year and half, and my girls really miss the place. They loved Wellington. It was such a great place to have a family.

HC: One of Bombur’s most distinguishing characteristics in Tolkien’s book is his size and appetite. Did you have to gain weight for the role?

SH: I didn’t have to gain weight. I had a fat suit. Pretty much the fat suit and the prosthetics took care of the look. Everyone told me when I had the fittings, “Oh, you’ll lose so much weight wearing this, because of the heat, and when you’re on location down in the South Island, it’s summertime. You’ll lose weight.” But they didn’t tell me about the catering. Billie [Lusk] was the caterer, and the food was just ridiculous, it was so good. … I had to carry the suit, and I had the costume, and then sometimes we were carrying big packs of stuff, and there might be armor or whatever we were carrying. And there was a lot of weight training every day, so I actually did bulk up a little bit and got a lot stronger probably than when I started the job. A couple of times I had a few comments indirectly told to me, like “Make sure he doesn’t lose too much weight.” I’d say no to a piece of cheese, and people would say, “No, no, no, you go ahead.” They weren’t trying to fatten me up, but that was all part of the fun. Because I was feeling a bit big and a bit overweight, it probably helped with the character as well, because he was quite cumbersome. Being that size as a dwarf is a lot different than in real life. It’s probably quite a cool thing.

HC: Did you find the prosthetics limiting?

SH: It takes getting used to. If anything, I had to be more theatrical, a little bit more over the top to get through the prosthetics. So I could be having these great moments on camera, looking at this or thinking or doing whatever, and then I’d look at the playback and it’d just be blank. And Peter was obviously very aware. He’d say, “Make sure you get some movement in your face.” You have to sort of play it a bit bigger than you usually would for film to work through the prosthetics.

HC: In the book, Bombur’s a bit clumsy, always falling over and that sort of thing. Did you try to play that up in your performance?

SH: I sort of go the other way. Because he’s got such a great physical presence, I don’t really have to do very much with him. It could have been very easy to overplay that and to try and do too much. Even with the other guys, we’d been there almost a year, I’d walk out, and they’d still shake their head. It’s just such a great look, from the costume with the prosthetics and the hair, and they just did such a great job. I really had a gift with him because he’s so much bigger than the other guys in girth. Peter was really keen to make each of the dwarfs very unique and quite memorable in their own right, and so I was really lucky that I had that to use. Bombur, he’s reasonably confident, but he’s one of the younger dwarfs, so a lot of the time I’d just sit and listen and take it all in. Bombur was quite interested and quite naive in a way.

HC: Where did you find inspiration for your character?

SH: I really love Tolkien’s writing … I found it fascinating reading more about dwarfs and Dwarvish and where my kin could possibly have come from. For me, I need to know why I’m doing what I’m doing. And a lot of it we sort of make up, because in the book, there’s not a huge profile of all the things that we do, and our character breakdown. So Peter and Fran [Walsh] really left it to us to add our own personalities to the character, and I’m sure that was on purpose. … I think everyone has been so well cast. And while it’s obviously magnified, there’s certainly quite a bit of each actor’s personality in these dwarfs, and then you sort of magnify it.

HC: How is your own personality like Bombur’s?

SH: I love food. I’m a complete foodie. I love to cook. I find it very hard to say no to food. I get grumpy if I don’t get food. I’ve really had an affinity with that. He’s also got a sense of adventure. And I think something that I brought, too, was like a respect. For me, I knew that as an actor who hadn’t really done anything like this before, I was coming in here, and there were a lot of very accomplished actors. So as much as I tried to fit in, and I’m a bit of a joker, there was a lot of sitting back and watching how the other guys do it. I think there’s a lot of that with Bombur as well. He’s a dwarf, and it means a lot to get the kingdom back, but there’s also a hierarchy. ‘Cause me and Bofur and Bifur aren’t from the royal line of Durin. We’re sort of the country folk and the scrappers, really. So there are others that this means a lot more to. I think he was really respectful of that as well. … Just seeing where we fit into it all. Like why did I go into the battle? For me, Bombur, I basically followed Bofur, who’s my brother, and the more I got to know Jimmy [Nesbitt] … he’s someone I really look up to, and we got pretty friendly, so it was easy for me to follow him.

HC: How did you go about building a brotherhood as dwarfs?

SH: It started really when we first arrived, and there were a few delays. We got there in mid-January, and we didn’t start filming until March or April, so we got to spend a lot of time with all the other guys. We did our dwarf boot camp, which was all our movement training and our fight training, and they’d send us to the gym for our fitness. For me, the way I related to all the dwarfs was almost identical to how I related to the other actors. I remember in Bag End sitting down, and a lot of that was just taking in what people say and how they say it, because at the start of the story at Bag End, there are all these dwarfs. Some of them have met each other, quite a lot of them haven’t really spent much time with each other, and now they’re starting this massive journey. And that was exactly what we were doing as actors. So it was perfect that as the characters got to know each other within the story, we got to know each other a lot better as actors.

HC: What was your favorite scene to film?

SH: I think the first one in Bag End. That was our first day of shooting. Sir Ian McKellen walks out dressed as Gandalf, and it’s like, “Wow, I’m actually in this.” And I’m in there sitting next to Adam Brown, because he was in a similar boat to me — we really hadn’t done any big movies or anything. And we were just pinching ourselves and sort of waiting for someone to tap us on the shoulder and say, “Sorry, we’ve actually got the wrong person.” But Bag End was special. It was just so familiar from the last movies, and meeting some of the guys who had been there before — like Orlando [Bloom] and Elijah [Wood] and Andy [Serkis]. In Bag End, there was a lot of eating going on, and that was some of the funniest stuff we did. I think I must have consumed at least a dozen boiled eggs during that shoot, and it will probably take about 15 seconds of the film.

HC: What was your reaction when you found out “The Hobbit” would be three movies instead of two?

SH: I was stoked. I mean, I think it was hard for some of the guys, because it meant there’d be a bit more time away from home. People always go back to how small “The Hobbit” is, the book, but I guess what a lot of people don’t understand is that there was so much written. When Tolkien wrote “The Lord of the Rings,” he filled in all of the gaps. There’s just so much story. So I was glad from an actor’s perspective. There were these great things that my character goes through that I know now [with three movies] probably will get saved from being cut out. It meant we were able to really flesh stuff out.

HC: What’s next for you and your career?

SH: I’d like to do a bit of comedy. … I think I have to be open to the fact that nothing will ever top this, which is fine. We’ve still got two more movies, we still have to go and do pickups for movies 2 and 3. There’s still quite a bit to go. And we have these conventions lined up, and I know this will never end, which is kind of cool. But the exciting thing is, hopefully I’ll get opportunities to do work that I wouldn’t have otherwise got the opportunity to do if I hadn’t worked on this film. For me, as an actor, just to keep acting and to keep being able to work and to do different roles and challenging roles, that’s something I’d love to do. And the guys that we met and we worked with, the other dwarfs, a lot of those guys will be friends for life.

– Noelene Clark

your creation 12-16-2012 04:49 AM

Bombur sounds so lovable!

*OldHollywoodStarlet* 01-05-2013 06:46 PM

Add me please! :flowers:

your creation 01-06-2013 03:34 AM

Welcome to the thread:D

So much love for Bombur, he was great!

ride the lightning 01-06-2013 04:23 AM

I love when he fell through the bench :lmao:

your creation 01-06-2013 06:07 AM

That was hilarious!

Jassy05 01-06-2013 11:06 AM

ride the lightning 01-06-2013 03:35 PM

:rotfl: Awesome.

Jassy05 01-07-2013 01:11 AM

I´m the coolest dwarf on earth

ride the lightning 01-07-2013 03:50 PM

:rotfl: Bombur has swag.

Jassy05 01-08-2013 12:48 AM

your creation 01-08-2013 10:38 AM

Oh Bombur:lmao:

Jassy05 01-08-2013 12:02 PM


Originally Posted by effie (Post 67111890)
Oh Bombur:lmao:

"There's No Business Like Show Business" :lmao:

Nad 01-08-2013 01:31 PM

OMG, I so can't wait for all the behind-the-scenes stuff, it's going to be hilarious judging by all those images :cool:

ride the lightning 01-08-2013 03:28 PM

:rotfl: He cracks me up.

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