Stars of The Hobbit, including Martin Freeman and James Nesbitt, took part in a press conference in New Zealand where they discussed the forthcoming movies and said that they cannot wait for filming to begin. You can view some footage of the press conference at, and at There’s a 38 minute video of the press conference at

Peter Jackson was unable to join in, but released a statement saying that he could not attend “because he was under a “medical form of house arrest” while recovering from surgery on a perforated stomach ulcer”.

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