By Kirsty Blake Knox
In the Hobbit films he’s one of 13 dwarves that help Bilbo Baggins on his quest, but Aidan Turner was the only star to turn out for the Dublin premiere of the last instalment in the series.
The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, released next week, is director Perter Jackson’s final foray into the World of JRR Tolkien.
And Dubliner Aidan, who is already looking forward to his next project, says that after five years of work, the cast were “ready for it to end”.
“It was emotional finishing the movies but not in a melancholy way,” he said.
“It was more of a celebration. We were all ready for it to end. We’ve been working on it for five years.
“It’s nice to end on a high note and to be in Ireland for the premiere.”
Aidan (31), who plays the part of dashing dwarf Kili in the Hobbit trilogy, also spoke of his next project – Irish director Jim Sheridan’s upcoming movie, The Secret Scripture.
The film adaptation of Sebastian Barry’s 2008 novel is due to go into production in January and features an all-star cast, including Jack Reynor and actress Rooney Mara (of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo fame).
The Hulk star Eric Bana and Oscar winner Vanessa Redgrave will also appear in the film, which revolves around a woman’s extended stay at a mental hospital.
“It’s got a good few heads in it so it should be exciting,” Turner told the Herald.