Turner was under director’s orders to keep fit and work out. He says, “My character in particular has a lot of sword fighting and a lot of running so there was nothing for it. Hangovers don’t work on set so well with Peter Jackson.”
The cast of Lord of the Rings famously became lifelong friends starring together in the epic production, and something similar has happened to the cast and crew of The Hobbit, working for so long in such close quarters.
“When you’re part of an ensemble and share the screen with so many people you become close to them because you’re hanging out all the time. Obviously you have your ups and downs but that kind of brings you closer in many ways,” he says.
“I’m trying not to sound cheesy with this. It was like a big family. Not everyone immediately clicks but you’re kind of forced to get on.
“You spend a lot of time together and you get into some surreal situations that you have to share. We weren’t close enough to get tattoos, but we’re doing the press now and having a laugh and pull each other through it.”
What’s on Turner’s mind now, after the premieres in London’s Leicester Square and Dublin’s Imax Theater, is Christmas and his very Hobbit like desire to put his feet up.
“I fly home today! First I have London and then the Dublin premiere. It’ll be nice to go home and then that’s me for Christmas. I plan to hang out and rest up until the New Year,” he says.
It’ll also be time to catch up with the growing number of Irish actors who are becoming international screen stars (including his new pals from Mortal Instruments: City of Bones). Although he grew up in Clondalkin, he lives on the Grand Canal Dock in Dublin now, befitting a young star about to break big.
“That was quite crazy starring in that with the three Irish lads. I didn’t have a lot of scenes with Johnny but Robbie and I became quite close. He’s a lovely lad,” says Turner.
“And I just met Jack Raynor over here who stars in the brilliant Irish movie What Richard Did. There’s quite a few of us making our way around the world now.”
Turner speculates that a lot of the reason why Irish actors are breaking though internationally is their theater training. It gives them an edge, he suspects.
“To make a career as an Irish actor, generally it’s the case that you move to London. When you make that move you do tend to stand out. So that question has come up before and I’ve thought about it. And a lot of us are getting to play Irish now too which is terrific,” Turner says.
For the next two years Turner will line up to promote The Hobbit, and he couldn’t be happier about it. It’s his big screen debut after all.
“I’ll be doing this for a while but it’s fun and I’ll be able to catch up with the other cast members again. It’s a nice little reunion,” he says.
Catch the trailer for 'The Hobbit' here: