The makeup and prosthetics behind film franchises such as The Hobbit are truly amazing. Taking a regular person and managing to transform them into creatures or beings from Middle Earth is a huge talent, and something that definitely needs more recognition.
The cast of The Hobbit had to undergo hours of hair, make up and prosthetics every day before shooting, to really get that authentic Middle-Earth look (and believe me, although a lot of the background and setting was done in post-production, most of the characters make up and costume was all made in real life). But even though they're most memorable to us with their huge, misshapen dwarf noses and long beards, or their hairy Hobbit feet, in real life they couldn't look more different!
Have a look at what Bilbo and the Dwarves look like under that makeup:
Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins
Fun fact: Actors including Shia LaBeouf, Daniel Radcliffe and Tobey Maguire were considered for the role of Bilbo. However Peter Jackson has stated that his first choice was Martin Freeman, and even rescheduled shooting around Freeman's series [Sherlock](series:201416) to ensure he was available for the role.
Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield
Fun fact: Thorin's wig was the only one of the Dwarf wigs to be made entirely of human hair!
Dean O'Gorman as Fili
Fun fact: Originally Robert Kazinsky was cast as Fili, and even filmed a few scenes, however after about a month he left the film to return to England and Dean O'Gorman was then brought in as his replacement.
Aidan Turner as Kili
Fun fact: Turner was cast by Peter Jackson after he saw him in the BBC series [Being Human](series:721015), Turner then quit the series in order to be in The Hobbit.
Ken Stott as Balin
Fun fact: The character of Balin is also seen in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, well almost. Balin's tomb is visited by the Fellowship in Moria in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
Graham McTavish as Dwalin
Fun fact: Actor Graham McTavish made the suggestion that each of Dwalin's axes be named after Emily Bronte's dogs, "Grasper" and "Keeper." Jackson liked the idea and the named were engraved with the names in Dwarvish runes. Dwalin's knuckledusters were named "Insult" and "Injury," pretty perfect really!
John Callen as Oin
Fun fact: John Callen originally auditioned for the roles of Radagast the Brown and the voice of Smaug.
Peter Hambleton as Gloin
Fun fact: Gloin is the father of Gimli who appeared in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. In the films Gloin can be seen wearing the same bronze helmet as Gimli, as well as the same axe.
Mark Hadlow as Dori
Fun fact: When the group enters Beorn's house in The Desolation of Smaug Dori tells Ori "It's not natural. None of it." This same line was uttered by Samwise Gamgee to Frodo Baggins after climbing down the Elvish rope at the beginning of Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
Jed Brophy as Nori
Fun fact: As well as appearing in all three Hobbit films, Jed Brophy also played various Orcs in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King! His son, Sadwyn Brophy was also in The Return of the King, where he appeared as Eldarion, the son of Aragorn and Arwen.
Adam Brown as Ori
Fun fact: During The Desolation of Smaug real fish were dumped into the barrels to hide Bilbo and the dwarves. Adam Brown hates fish and had to fight his phobia while he was emerged and then wait for crew members to pull them off him.
William Kircher as Bifur
Fun fact: Due to his axe injury, Bifur can only speak Khudzul, the secret language of the Dwarves, despite this, William Kircher and Stephen Hunter (Bombur) still learned how to speak in a Northern Irish accent to match James Nebsitt's (Bofur) accent.
James Nesbitt as Bofur
Fun fact: Throughout the entire film, Bofur's hat never leaves his head, quite a feat when you're having such wild adventures!
Stephen Hunter as Bombur
Fun fact: Despite being one of the core cast for all three of the films, Bombur does not actually say any full lines! Instead the rotund character only grunts, yells or blows a horn...When he's not stuffing his face!
Which is your favorite Hobbit film?