Richard Armitage, who plays Thorin Oakenshield in the JRR Tolkien/Peter Jackson-adapted ‘The Hobbit’, revealed to the lengths it took to transform him into the King Under The Mountain.

'The Hobbit'
'The Hobbit'. PIc/Santa Banta

“Well it’s my beard, which I’m growing back in time for the next lot of filming, the hair is a wig which strangely a lot of people don’t realise, but the forehead the eyebrows and the nose are all prosthetics,” he said.

He said that it takes about three hours to get ready - about an hour and a half for the face and 45 minutes for the hair. ┬áIf they started shooting at eight o’clock they would have to be in the chair at 4.30am.