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Luke Evans couldn't handle Hobbit make-up

Luke Evans is glad he didn't have to spend hours in hair and make-up when he was filming The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

The Welsh actor takes on one of the lead roles in the final instalment of the popular Middle Earth series but as he played a human, he didn't need much help from the make-up department.

While the franchise is full of mystical beings which all required hours of getting made up, he was able to come and go quite quickly - something he thinks his co-stars were envious off.

"Yes. I think they did, yeah. I mean, they got over it but I think there was a while, especially on a Friday, you know, when we're all desperate to get out of costume and leave, I'd be saying farewell and they'd still have their noses being peeled off and their heads removed and their fat suits and you know..." he laughed to BBC Radio 1.

"But they never complained, these boys, and I always admired that and I don't know whether I'd have been as accepting of those many hours in the chairs. Especially in the morning; that's really hard. But a lot of them would fall asleep in the chairs when they were having their prosthetics put on."

While he may not have needed fake beards or feet for the film, he did have to get into shape.

He and Orlando Bloom worked out together, and the 35-year-old also had to put in extra hours for his next movie project.

"I used to go to an amazing gym called Les Mills and I used to have a trainer. Orly and I, Orlando and I, used to share a trainer when we were there and that was fun. But yeah, that's what I did on the weekends, and sometimes if I had a late call, I'd go in the mornings and sometimes during the pickup sessions, which we did for ten weeks.

"I was in full training for Dracula so I took my trainer from the UK with me and he stayed in a hotel for ten weeks and trained me every night after work, and I was doing [The Hobbit] The Battle of the Five Armies and I was drained," he admitted.

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