Evangeline Lilly Agreed to Do 'The Hobbit' Because She Was Told There Would Be No Love Triangle
So far, while crushing it at the box office, Peter Jackson's [The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies](movie:512312) has met with, well...let's just same some mixed reviews from critics and fans alike. One of the things that had people scratching their head was the continuation of the weird, wedged-in-out-of-nowhere love story between Evangeline Lilly's elven Tauriel and Aidan Turner's dwarf Kili.
As it turns out, it felt wedged in because it was exactly that. And if it was a surprise for you, it was an even bigger one for Lilly. You might remember back during her Lost days, her character, Kate, had a bit of a hot love triangle thing going on between herself, Sawyer, and Jack. So when she was approached to do the Hobbit trilogy, she told Access Hollywood, she agreed to do it on the condition she wouldn't be in another dramatic love triangle.
For the record, when I took this job, in 2011, I made one stipulation. That's it. I just said… I swear to God, I said, 'I will not do this film if you will not guarantee me one thing. You have to guarantee me there will be no love triangle'.
And there wasn't. For the whole time I shot. For a year of shooting there was no love triangle… And then, I came back for re-shoots in 2012 and they were like, 'Well, we made a couple of alterations to some scenes and we added a couple more scenes'.
And all of a sudden manifested a love triangle before my very eyes and the film was shot, and I'm in and there's no getting out and there was no escaping it.
That's something a lot of audiences either don't know or don't remember - yes, there's a script, but what's in the original shooting script and what ends up in the final cut are sometimes two very, very different movies. Films are often shot out of order, and actors and actresses are only given the script they need to shoot a particular scene. Story changes? Reshoots? Those all happen after the actress signs on the dotted line.
So you might, say, go in thinking you're going to be a badass Elven warrior who is the moral conscience of your people, and come out of it being a badass Elven warrior who is the moral conscience of your people, except for the part where that's all completely overshadowed by the fact your character's most important job is to be on the receiving end of an ill-fated love triangle.
All of this just makes me even more eager to see how they'll handle the story and relationship between her and Paul Rudd in the upcoming [Ant-Man](movie:9048). What about you?