Peter Jackson and Lee Pace attend the premiere of 'The Hobbit' in Toronto

By Sarah Kelsey

Cold temperatures and blustery winds weren’t enough to keep the fans away from the Toronto premiere of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on Saturday (Dec. 6). Fans dressed as elves and even hobbits lined St. Thomas Street in front of the Windsor Arms Hotel to catch a glimpse of the film’s famed director, Peter Jackson, and star Lee Pace.

The duo walked the red carpet for the movie’s after-party and signed autographs for dozens of fans before chatting with media about the new film.

“I wanted to make movies at eight years old, so [the time spent on these films] hasn’t been a sacrifice,” said 53-year-old Peter. “If you dream of becoming a filmmaker and making fantasy films, the J.R.R. Tolkien movies are [a dream come true]. Our legacy is really a six-part story.”

Photo: George Pimentel Photography

Lee, who portrays blond elf Thranduil, couldn’t have agreed more. “The fans have been so supportive and enthusiastic about the movies, so I’m pretty excited about it,” he said. “I had a great time playing this character… [And working with Peter] every day. He’s worked so hard for so many years. “

This movie is the epic conclusion to the adventures of Bilbo Baggins as he and the Dwarves attempt to save Middle Earth from Smaug.

The film’s other stars, including Martin Freeman, Evangeline Lilly and Orlando Bloom, were unable to attend the premiere because of scheduling conflicts. For fans, however, seeing Peter and Lee was enough.

“Every time you do a movie you live with it privately, this is yours, and then you go and send it out into the world. You get to the point where you want [people to see it],” said the New Zealand-born director. “I’m looking forward to what’s next and recalling the amazingness that was this series.”

Photo: George Pimentel Photography

The husband and father of two even provided an upbeat perspective on what it would be like to no longer work on the films.

“I’m not really [sad] because I’m proud of what we’ve done, and sad is a negative thing to some degree. I just feel happy. I feel happy that we’ve delivered the six movies and completed the series, and I’m very proud of the results.”

Lee couldn’t pinpoint just one moment from the film’s shoots that were his favourite, but he did reference two very important pieces of memorabilia he nabbed from the set. “I actually kept my [character’s] sword. I also got Peter to sign a copy of The Hobbit.”

What’s up next for each gent come 2015? The 35-year-old actor will continue his role on AMC's Halt and Catch Fire. Peter plans to take a holiday, one that could be movie-filled.

“To me, films are for escapism; I go to movies to escape and just to get away from the world and to get lost in something.”

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is in theatres now.

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