'Lost' star Evangeline Lilly is probably used to flak from fans who hated the cult show's series finale, but she's really dreading how 'Hobbit' diehards will react to her original character in 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.' While out chatting up her new boxing-robot movie 'Real Steel,' Lilly revealed she's worried fans will see her as a "black mark" in the Peter Jackson epic.
In the 'Lord of the Rings' prequel, Lilly has been cast as Tauriel the Elf, an original Jackson creation. As she told SFX:
I am very concerned to this day that people will watch the film and I'll be the black mark on the film. I know how adamant the purists are and I'm one of them! That said, upon reading 'The Hobbit' again, as an adult, I can see why additional characters were needed to round out the story as an adaptation – especially female characters! 'The Hobbit' didn't include female characters at all and was a very linear story, a book for children, really. What Peter, Fran (Walsh) and Philippa (Boyens) have done is all in perfect keeping with Tolkien's world, while adding a third dimension to an otherwise very two-dimensional story."Lilly says that signing on was "a no-brainer because I have been a fan of those books since I was 13-years-old." Like most of the cast, she'll be in New Zealand for one year to make the two 'Hobbit' films. "Right now I'm studying Elvish and having conversations with people about learning how to be an archer, a swordsperson and how to fight like an elf instead of a gritty convict."
Oh, and all that talk about her wanting to retire from acting after 'Lost' wrapped? Turns out she she was just exhausted from playing a character who was "constantly running in fear, crying in sorrow or screaming in terror," so dealing with boxing 'bots or killer Orcs is a breeze by comparison.
Interestingly, Lilly is also writing her own children's books, and says she's looking forward to doing more writing and spending time with her new son during the lengthy 'Hobbit' shoot.
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