Guillermo del Toro championed the creation of she-elf Tauriel in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

"He was a very strong supporter"

Guillermo del Toro was responsible for championing the creation of female elf Tauriel in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug.

During his time working on the Hobbit films, the Mexican filmmaker became concerned by the lack of female characters in the narrative.

That led to the creation of the elf played by Evangeline Lilly, the only main character in the film not to be taken from the pages of JRR Tolkien’s book.

Co-writer Philippa Boyens revealed Del Toro’s contribution to the film while out promoting The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug this week.

“He was there when we decided [on] the female character,” Boyens says. “And he was very much a strong supporter of that.

“What was nice about it is that you’re taking a risk. You’re messing with somebody else’s story, and you have to kind of do it the right way. And [del Toro] was someone who was, like, ‘Yes, we should do this!’”

Funnily enough, Evangeline Lilly herself wasn’t aware of del Toro’s input in the creation of her character until after she'd wrapped.

“I never met Guillermo,” she says. “I never spoke to Guillermo. I never had the good grace of meeting him myself, so I just assumed it was Pete [Jackson], Fran [Walsh] and Phil that came up with her.”

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug is out in cinemas now.


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    • Mattsimus

      Dec 13th 2013, 16:39

      Great but apparently she gets it on with Kili?.... oh poor pretty Legolas, down with the dwarf!!!!

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    • Mattsimus

      Dec 13th 2013, 18:20

      @Theigh.... your aunt also got £2.50 from a double session with me last night!

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    • Ali1748

      Dec 13th 2013, 19:58

      The first movie lacked some Schwing, well for me anyway so Taurial is a very welcome addition IMO.

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    • Mattsimus

      Dec 14th 2013, 17:30

      Lacked Scwhing? What?......... Did you not see the trolls? mmmmm FIT!

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    • Ali1748

      Dec 14th 2013, 17:54


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    • christinegolden

      Dec 15th 2013, 15:59

      So what if del Toro originally came up with the idea? Jackson took over the project in its formative stage and could have easily cut the part if he didn't like it. Surely Boyens isn't claiming that Jackson did not have artistic control over a script he wrote, a movie he produced, and a film he directed? I suspect that everyone involved thought this was a great idea until DOS opened and the general public said, "wtf?". Now, it's seems to be every man and elf for themselves.

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    • Hadouken76

      Dec 15th 2013, 19:48

      This sh/ts all over Christopher Tolkiens' face. Ha!

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