ByAllanah Faherty, writer at Creators.co
Senior staff writer | Movie Pilot's resident Walking Dead expert | Twitter: @bananallanah | Email: [email protected]
Allanah Faherty

On 28th January 2012 my friends and I queued for two and a half hours so I could attend an open casting call for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Over 3000 showed up but then...things got kinda gnarly...

Only 800 people were seen by the casting directors before police were called in to shut it down!

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Months later I got the call to be an extra as a female dwarf.

This was a set outside while we shot indoors
This was a set outside while we shot indoors

I'm 5'9" so it was hard to believe it wasn't a joke but nonetheless I showed up on set for my custom costume fittings ahead of filming day.

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It took three hours for costume - including prosthetic ears and nose, hair and beard - to be completed.

After we looked the part we had to wait in the catering hall until they were ready for us to shoot, so we did what dwarves do best - ate!

It was totally surreal to sit, dressed as a dwarf, eating in a film set canteen with famous actors around....Also, the prosthetic nose was a pain in the ass!

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After 10 - 15 retakes, our 'dwarves running in panic' scene was completed!

This is ME!! (I don't have a beard IRL, I promise)
This is ME!! (I don't have a beard IRL, I promise)

When we finally got on set in the late afternoon we were told our scene involved us running whilst looking distraught and were given our places. It took hours, but finally, Peter Jackson's voice boomed over the speakers telling us he had what he needed, we were finished.

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The movie - and the DWARVES - were as good as I'd hoped they would be...

After months of waiting for it to be released I finally saw the movie and lo and behold, at the 7.21 mark there I was fleeing for my life from the Lonely Mountain (Erebor) as Smaug the dragon decimated all in his path.

Ending up in the final cut of the film was an awesome end to a once in a lifetime experience.

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[Sources: The Hobbit, stuff.co.nz, robotsnowfiles]

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