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Aidan in Interviews

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Hello! We’re The Aidan Turner Extrelix, at your service…

As expected it’s a bit hard keeping up with Aidan these days. I’ll be posting some interviews over the next few days as I attempt to catch up!

Some of my favorite interviews with him are when he’s with his fellow Irishmen. They tend to talk more familiarly together and given the context the result appears to put Aidan squarely in his comfort zone. In the interview below he answers why he doesn’t have his natural Irish accent in The Hobbit. He also explains why he likens the Wellington red carpet premiere to an Irish Saint Paddy’s parade. Did any of you watch the live streaming of that event? (Oh, I did! Me, I did!). (Clearly, I was excited). Were any of you there? (Then, jealousy!)

Enough of by blathering, right? Let’s get to the good stuff:

 

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Lookin’ good in the green there, Mr. Turner…. [Insert playful winking here].

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Aidan on the Big Screen

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Having seen The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey it is now time for a review-post, of sorts. Let’s face it. If you have found yourself on this site you are not looking for me to tell you whether or not the film was any good. You’re not looking for a balance of pros and cons or anything that sounds like it was written by a hipster.

You are here because: Aidan Turner.

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So either you have been a fan of Aidan Turner or you have (been blessed to) just discover him after watching An Unexpected Journey. Come one, come all. I’m happy to take a second to sing Mr. Turner’s praises. I was also happy to hear him sing a bit too, actually.

So, Aidan on the Big Screen!

Naturally there wasn’t enough scenes with him. That’s usually the case though, isn’t it? (For those of us who can’t get enough). But I’m pretty sure the contract said one-fourteenth of screen time… (Winking here). Well, regardless of that, Aidan Turner’s portrayal of Kili comes across as a young, idealistic Dwarf looking to prove himself (and have a bit of fun in the meantime). Generally, quite lovable!

The scenes that do feature Kili are brief but endearing. We get a sense of his love of life, his bravery, his skills with blade and bow, and an intense moment standing before the Goblin King with his dwarven pride glaring out from dark eyes. Another time, I felt my heart skip a beat at Kili’s reaction to being separated from his brother Fili on the mountainside. And Thorin screaming his name… You get an understanding of the family connection here without them hitting you over the head with it.

Basically, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is just a sampling, a troll’s hours d’oeuvres – if you will, of what is yet to come. So if you are new to the Aidan Turner Fan(tastic) Community: Welcome! The Extrelix is a great source to learn more about the talented Aidan Turner, now commonly referred to as “The Sexy Dwarf.”

Toby Whithouse jokingly says “Peter Jackson, all the fault is his…”

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Being a new Aidan Turner and Being Human fan you could say that I’m a little late to the party. Thanks to some really cool and interesting friends I’ve accumulated via twitter, I was introduced to the show little less than a month ago. Immediately, I was hooked! Loving the wonderful world of Netflix, I watched back to back episodes; Season 1, Season 2 and lastly Season 3, barely blinking. As most of you already know… Aidan Turner playing the role of Mitchell is staked by his best friend, George. *tears* I wanted to know WHY?

Searching the internet I found this interview of Toby Whithouse (the shows creator and writer) by SFX,  and it all began to add up. Aidan was moving on to film The Hobbit. Here are a few things Toby told SFX about Aidan’s departure from the show.

“We always knew that we didn’t own Aidan Turner, we had just borrowed him from films,” he told us. “We always knew at some point he was going to go off and become a multi-million pound movie star. Consequently we weren’t in the least surprised when he got cast in The Hobbit. We were just delighted and felt we were incredibly lucky to have had him as long as we had.

“Ultimately this guy’s got movie star written all over him and there’s only so long you can have him in an ensemble of three, which is not to denigrate our great cast. His ascendancy is inevitable. In fact Aidan encouraged us to kill him because he knew that it would give his character a much better, more dramatic ending to finish off. Aidan actively encouraged us to write in that way.

“Aidan was always going to become a movie star, whether that was in The Hobbit or something else. We always knew he was going to leave at some point. So I think I probably started writing him out subconsciously from the moment we conceived of the Box Tunnel 20 – in our show there are always consequences, nothing is ever forgotten. It could have taken another five years for the payoff but ultimately from that moment we were moving him towards an exit, whether that had been in one series or three series time.

“Aidan was cast in the latter half of the filming of series three and the turnaround time means I’m always writing the last few episodes at that point anyway so it was fairly easy to move it. Aidan was encouraging us to give him a good exit. If he’d wanted to stay we’d have found a way to put him into series four, but he was going off to do three movies, he was in New Zealand which isn’t a great commute, and so we knew this was an opportunity to give him a good send-off.”

Whithouse pauses to emphasize the point: “As I say, this was with Aidan’s blessing I can’t underline that enough.

“There was discussion about leaving it open-ended just in case he returned but I think we knew in our heart of hearts that the chances of getting him back were very remote. Besides the nature of Being Human means if one day we did get him back we could do a flashback. I know I’m going to get it in the neck about killing Mitchell off but it was something beyond our control.

“I’m aware that the fans are going to be brokenhearted,” he said. “I did a Q&A with some fans recently and they were asking ‘why are you killing off Aidan’ and I was thinking (a) ‘how do you know that for sure when we’ve only just done it,’ and (b) as ‘if it were our choice to have him go’.”

Jokingly he added: “What is our choice is how he leaves but ultimately if you want to write hate mail to anyone write it to Peter Jackson, all the fault is his…”

     I’m still kinda holding a grudge that we will never see Aidan as Mitchell any more, but ultimately I’m completely stoked to see what the talented actor will bring to the big screen as the dwarf Kili in The Hobbit (Dec. 2012).

How do you feel about Aidan’s departure from Being Human? What was your initial reaction? ‘Long Live The King!’

Peter Jackson’s Production Video #4!!! ‘The Hobbit’

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Is it terrible that I’m so excited for a production/movie that isn’t even coming out till Dec of 2012? That’s a whole year! I’m going to be wound tighter than a rubber band ball the day it premieres! 🙂