CMM220: Week 7

DB Post

The YouTube video of the interview (nzherald.co.nz, 2012) has been transcribed and all of Peter Jackson’s quotes recited at askmen’s website (Watts, 2012b) which is reprinted verbatim by The Courier Mail (Watts, 2012a). The Australian used a variety of quotes, notably the one from Cate Blanchett about the “swinging goiter” and on Barry Humphrey’s expectation of what “motion capture” was. This article was also reprinted word-for-word in Pakistan Today (2012). Jackson’s quote about needing an Australian to play an uncouth character also made it into the “Quotes of 2012” list by 3News in New Zealand (2012).

I believe the quote about uncouth Australians proved popular, not just for its humour but because of the naturally self-deprecating culture of the Australia Pacific region.

References

3news.co.nz, (2015). Quotes of 2012. [online] Available at: http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/quotes-of-2012-2012122407#axzz3XSeeUhb5 [Accessed 16 Apr. 2015].

nzherald.co.nz, (2012). The Hobbit: Stars have media laughing. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSzuW3hJTMk [Accessed 16 Apr. 2015].

Pakistantoday.com.pk, (2012). Only an Aussie could be that uncouth, says Peter Jackson. [online] Available at: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2012/11/28/entertainment/only-an-aussie-could-be-that-uncouth-says-peter-jackson/ [Accessed 16 Apr. 2015].

TheAustralian, (2015). Only an Aussie could be that uncouth, says Peter Jackson. [online] Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/film/only-an-aussie-could-be-that-uncouth-jackson/story-e6frg8pf-1226526103816 [Accessed 16 Apr. 2015].

Watt, J. (2012a). Aussies make best goblins, says Hobbit directer Peter Jackson. [online] The Courier Mail. Available at: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/aussies-make-best-goblins-jackson/story-fnek2kwj-1226533246511 [Accessed 16 Apr. 2015].

Watt, J. (2012b). Peter Jackson: “When Casting An Uncouth Character With Bad Hygiene, I Turned To Australia.”. [online] AskMen. Available at: http://au.askmen.com/entertainment/entertainment-news/peter-jackson-interview.html [Accessed 16 Apr. 2015].


DB Response

Jessica Myer

Publication 1: 

“It was interesting trying to cast that role because the character was very uncouth, with very bad personal hygiene issues and his vocabulary is very small. So obviously Australia seemed the best place to go first”

“And of all the Australians available to us, Barry Humphries was ideal.”

Freeman had the best gag of the day, though. When asked if he preferred a quiet life, like his character, he replied: “If I do, I’m f***ed.”

Source: News.com 2012. Need a bloated, foul creature for the hobbit? Cast an Australian. (Online) Available at http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/movies/need-a-bloated-foul-creature-for-the-hobbit-cast-an-australian/story-e6frfmvr-1226525647557 [Accessed 15 April 2015]

 

Publication 2:

“a healthy Australian vulgarity”

“It was thrilling to work on this film and when see my extraordinary interpretation you realise why I immediately fell into the arms of Jenny Craig, and minor cosmetic surgery,” he said.

“I always thought motion capture was something you did when you were taking a specimen at the doctor.”

“It’s not the sort of thing you normally do on a film, but I’m incredibly pleased we did it, it’s the best thing that ever happened.”

“Which was a pretty radical thing to do,” Jackson said.

“It’s not the sort of thing you normally do on a film, but I’m incredibly pleased we did it, it’s the best thing that ever happened.”

“I don’t know how similar I am to Bilbo. I’ve got the same nose.”

“there was something inevitable about coming back to do The Hobbit”.

Source: New Zealand Herald. 2012. Jackson mocks Australians at Hobbit presser. (Online) Available at http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10850576 [Accessed 15 April 2015]

 Publication 3: 

“We made a film we’re incredibly proud of and it will take more than that to spoil the event.”

Source: News.com.2012 Hobbit fever hits wellington ahead of world premiere. (Online) Available at http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/movies/hobbit-fever-hits-wellington-ahead-of-world-premiere/story-e6frfmvr-1226525547322 [Accessed 15 April 2015]

Upon listening to the press conference, it is clear to see that journalists do indeed select the most newsworthy statements. In order to get newsworthy statements however, it is important for the media to ask the right questions in order to receive a desired response. I think the media asked a range of insightful and interesting questions. Particularly questions that require a talent or interviewee giving their personal opinion. This is always a winner as it is  is of great ideally what the audience is really wanting to know.


Hi Jessica

I think that the interview video was particularly interesting because it showed a faltering start (with one actor pretending to get up and leave). The first question was asked by a panelist and the very first question asked by a journalist was humourous (the comparison of the Great Goblin to a former NZ Prime Minister. I believe it was this initial break from the usual interview patter that allowed the panelists to relax and enjoy the moment, as evidenced by their responses.
Reference
nzherald.co.nz, (2012). The Hobbit: Stars have media laughing. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSzuW3hJTMk [Accessed 16 Apr. 2015].

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