Peter Jackson Gives Up The Goods On Smaug

By December 7, 2013


“My armor is like tenfold shields, my teeth are swords, my claws spears, the shock of my tail a thunderbolt, my wings a hurricane, and my breath death!”

Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien are already aware what a greedy, vain, and dangerous dragon Smaug truly is but for those of you just getting your feet wet in this world, we’ll see that the new Smaug is more dastardly than the old animated film Smaug we grew up with when the next installment, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, hits theaters in a few days.


In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jackson said he and his co-writing partners Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens started by viewing Smaug as “a paranoid psychopath” with a “lust for gold, but it’s a lust that he can’t explain. He’s not like a normal person who wants wealth for all the trappings of fast cars and yachts. Smaug doesn’t have any of that, the poor guy. For 200 years, he’s been there on this pile of gold waiting for someone to come, just sitting there doing crossword puzzles and catching up on Breaking Bad seasons on Netflix. He hasn’t got much else to do.”

Yeah, all that boredom would probably make me wanna mess with some humans, too, so when Bilbo makes it to Smaug’s lair, that’s when the magic happens – and Jackson’s pretty excited for that.


 “Smaug is super intelligent. Unlike Gollum who’s a messy, scattered kind of character, Smaug is smarter than Bilbo is. He’s very, very cunning. He plays psychological games with Bilbo. He’s really the Hannibal Lecter of the dragon world. All of that is to some degree in Tolkien’s book, but we really focused it razor-sharp for the movie.”

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Pretty sweet, right? We’re getting a big ass dragon!

Jackson also told EW, “The very simple thing I had in my head was to make him a hell of a lot bigger than what people would be imagining. I thought, ‘The one thing that would surprise me is if he lifts his head out of the gold and, instead of his head being two or three feet long, his head is the size of a bus and his body is the size of a 747. That would be pretty scary.’ So I thought, ‘OK, we’ll go with size.’ “

But the thing that’s making me (carefully) gleeful is this: “I think anybody who’s waiting to see Smaug is not going to be disappointed. I promise you’ll feel like you’ve had your delivery of Smaug, 100 percent.”

I am as giddy as a little schoolgirl and CAN’T WAIT to judge for myself when The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug opens December 13th!

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