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Thursday 17 April 2014

Fry: I've never read The Hobbit

Stephen Fry plays The Master of Laketown in The Hobbit

Stephen Fry has admitted he's never read The Hobbit - despite starring in second instalment The Desolation of Smaug.

The actor told Richard Herring's Leicester Square Podcast that he had only skim-read the parts of JRR Tolkien's novel that included his character and had no idea of what the role involved when he flew out to New Zealand for filming.

Stephen, 55, said: "I usually read scripts. But The Hobbit, I'm not sure I should say this, but I've never read The Hobbit. And on the plane to New Zealand, which is a long flight, you'd have thought I'd have time."

The masterminded QI host revealed he used his iPad to do some last minute cramming on his character The Master of Laketown.

He said: "It's something about a hole in the ground where a hobbit lived. My character was called The Master of Laketown, so I thought, there's a lot of this. There's a search function, so I just put in 'The Master' and it went to all the bits I was in.

"I thought, 'That seems like a reasonable part', put the iPad down and read another book. So to this day I haven't read it, but I am really looking forward to seeing how it all turns out."

Stephen can be seen in the second part of the trilogy The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug when it is released in cinemas on December 13.

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