Also, this is one of the best interviews I’ve read with Richard Armitage for The Hobbit.
There was another series that I was involved in called “Strike Back”, which unfortunately I had to walk away from. The prospect of sitting in a cinema watching another actor play Thorin when I’d been offered the role - I mean sometimes that happens, sometimes you do have to walk away from roles or you can’t make it work with dates - I couldn’t have lived with myself seeing someone else play him. I would rather have given up my career for that. And actually I said to Pete when I got down there, “if this is that last piece of work I ever do, I’ll be a happy man and a happy actor.” I still feel that. If I never work again, I’ve had the most fulfilling experience an actor can have with this role.