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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

I’m departing from the usual Horror pic this month for a special one-off and one that is particularly of note. One, it’s unlike any BTS pic I’ve ever posted in that it’s not for a movie you’ve seen. I can guarantee it. Know why? Because it’s a movie that hasn’t finished shooting yet.

It’s also a BtSPotD first in that it is a photo taken by me and featuring me… well, a part of me anyway.

I’m going to show you the pic and then come back afterwards to announce something very, very cool. Click to embiggen!




I am currently in New Zealand on the set of The Hobbit and I will be reporting biweekly from the set. I’m embedded with the crew as they run around the North and South Islands of New Zealand for the next two months on their location shoot and will be bringing you guys reports as we go along.

I said above that today’s pic features me and it does. I got to play a Hobbit while in Matamata, the location where Peter Jackson and his crew shot the Hobbiton stuff from the Rings Trilogy. I have much more detail on that coming soon, believe you me, but today’s pic has my Hobbit feet kicked back as relaxed and hobbity as I could manage… lounging on the grass as the sun set above a series of Hobbit holes.

I’m anticipating the first article to hit sometime Friday, so keep your eyes peeled.

Tomorrow’s pic returns to horror with a walking bandaid.

-Eric Vespe
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Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page One

Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page Two

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  • Oct. 27, 2011, 5 a.m. CST

    Hobbit News at Last

    by Longtime Lurker

    Awesome :)

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 5:03 a.m. CST


    by Denty420

    When the film hits the cinemas, point yerself out so we can see you.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 5:03 a.m. CST

    Oh and By the Way

    by Longtime Lurker

    BTS Compilation Pages are a great idea. Thanks Quint :)

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 5:05 a.m. CST

    They made your feet smaller?


    Weta Wizards!

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 5:05 a.m. CST

    And Congrats on Achieving Hobbit Status :)

    by Longtime Lurker

    I am consumed with jealousy and I should hate you, but I don't. :)

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 5:08 a.m. CST

    Headgeek--I don't mean to hijack the thread but....

    by Longtime Lurker

    How did it go with Tarzan and Arab? Will we see vids or pics? :)

  • *urp*

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 5:09 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    They're not totally up-to-date, probably about a month's worth that I need to add on, but can't do that until this adventure is done with. Harry, I know, right? I felt like a Chinese peasant girl with my enormous feet crammed in those sumbitches!

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 5:11 a.m. CST

    Quint---All in good's all good. Have fun in NZ :)

    by Longtime Lurker

    Jealous....yes we are my preciousssssss.... :)

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 5:15 a.m. CST

    You Lucky Bastard!!

    by The_Mad_Groper

    The subject line says it all!!! Can't wait for the article Quint! And if you will, please tell Peter Jackson thank you from all of us!!! :)

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 5:21 a.m. CST

    does NZ feel like being on an island?

    by antonphd

    my wife wants to do graduate work there in anthropology, but i worry we'll get cabin fever like we did when we went to hawaii.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 5:22 a.m. CST

    Your feet are dirty,need washing mate.

    by KilliK

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 5:23 a.m. CST

    oh and Quint: you lucky,lucky,bastard.

    by KilliK

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 5:29 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    Not at all. As Chief Brody famously said, it's only an island if you look at it from the water.

  • Can you give us BTS video of the Hobbit production - that would be cool! I loved PJ's coverage of King Kong and it would have been cool if he could have given us more than 3 BTS videos so far. I know he's busy so not so much him but someone on the production should give us some love! I love watching his team in action! If you can provide... my hat off to you :-)

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 5:44 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    Word on the street is a new one's hitting soon.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 6:05 a.m. CST

    That's awesome, Quint!

    by MrWug

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 6:09 a.m. CST

    Very nice

    by t_allen

    Best column on this site, very cool Quint!

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 6:09 a.m. CST

    Can't Wait for the AICN Reviews of The Hobbit

    by SamuelLappDance

    They'll be completely fair, reliable, and unbiased.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 6:10 a.m. CST

    How about you finish your twilight zone reviews???

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    geez quint, it's been like 2 years since you did one, and even when you said they were returning, they never did. Whats the hold up?

  • But that's just me. Hobbit balls.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Nice one Eric - I'm supremely jealous!

    by cactusjack1972

    Just keep the reports real and let us know what you can, when you can. Pictures and words will be very much appreciated.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Does not get much cooler

    by Jesse Kroh

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Good for you, Quint! Great pic!

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    ...but got some serious cankles, bro ;) j/k! Have a blast!

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Jesus, no wonder those Hobbits love the pipe weed...

    by Fawst

    That is gorgeous. How could you NOT just kick back and get keyed with a sunset like that every night? Good for you, Quint! Enjoy it, that is an amazing opportunity!

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Good lord.

    by JediWuddayaknow

    God that place is beautiful.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 8 a.m. CST


    by InFlamesJames

    Shut the fuck up you boring cunt.

  • How's that working out for you?

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 8:51 a.m. CST


    by Mr Soze

    Do you get a character name???

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Sounds like incredible fun

    by ufoclub1977

    Being on the set, running around watching, being an extra or minor appearance, joining for meals... without the heavy pressure or responsibility of being a key crew member or actor on the film! That's the way to spend some days.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 8:58 a.m. CST

    creepythinmanlives... lamest talkbacker ever.

    by brokentusk


  • Oct. 27, 2011, 9 a.m. CST

    Anyway, Quint, you're a lucky man.

    by brokentusk

    I'd love to be in your shoes, so to speak. Looking forward to the reports!

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Can we get that pic in landscape?

    by Horgy

    Rather than portrait orientation? That could be my new desktop forever.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 9:12 a.m. CST

    You know what they say about men with big feet, right?

    by Fremen

    I wonder if it's true about Hobbits. ;) | Very cool news, Quint. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to your upcoming reports. | Btw, are those doors in the hillside in the background just props, or are there actual holes in the hill?

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 9:25 a.m. CST

    If Jackson is looking for his trolls, tell him they're all here

    by maninblack

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 9:34 a.m. CST


    by Mo_Rephus

    Congrats, Eric!! That would be seriously cool. I love the pic, but you know what would make it even better? If it were horizontal instead of vertical so I could use it as a wallpaper. I'd love to have a landscape image of that and Photoshop it to give it a sort of animated style look. Then transfer it to my PS3 for a wallpaper.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Hobbiton does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Wow, a 'behind the scenes pic' taken by yourself.. and of Hobbiton... and wearing Hobbit feet!! Color me green with geek envy. Congrats Eric, have a brilliant time in NZ, looking forward to reading the report. ps. In this months EMPIRE there's a big piece on LOTR and they mention that the next generation Hobbit feet (which I guess you're wearing) are a whole lot superior to the old versions. Did you hear this from the costume dept when they stuck them on? And also will you be allowed to keep 'em?

  • Somebody photoshop that

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 10:47 a.m. CST

    How come you think kong or bones is shit?

    by UltraTron

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 10:47 a.m. CST


    by UltraMeerkat


  • Oct. 27, 2011, 10:48 a.m. CST


    by UltraTron

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Site some reasons. We're all ears.

    by UltraTron

  • It can have flaws or subplots that go nowhere and still not be shit. Shit is a moniker reserved for a movie like the day the earth stood still remake or catwoman

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah

    by PickingNits

    I love the smell of hobbit feet in the morning. And a nice view. Thanks Quint!

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 11:12 a.m. CST

    antonphd ...

    by mdk

    ...Well, technically, every landmass is actually and island. Sorry, that's not helping, is it?

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 11:22 a.m. CST

    LESS video blogs... They ruined the surprises on 'KONG'.

    by workshed

    i.e. We knew it was gonna be a pile of ____ long before unsuspecting cinema audiences had any idea. Jackson overworked to the point to where creative decisions were compromised through sleep deprivation e.g.the sacking of Howard Shore; the decision to cast Jack Black. Did they manage to rouse Christopher Lee from his coffin then..? Was his payment virgin's blood..?

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 11:22 a.m. CST


    by jimmy_009

    Do you really think that loyalty needed buying? Seriously, after three amazing LOTR's movies, you think a bunch of geeks need to be bought to get excited or praise a film version of the Hobbit? Bitch, bitch, bitch, you're just jealous it wasn't you.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 11:56 a.m. CST


    by DrMorbius

    Was the fact that you didn't need any make-up a factor in you getting the part of a hobbit? I have proof. I still have a pic of you when you hosted a panel at Comic-Con a few years back. Hah, I kill me! Congrats on such a sweet gig, you bucky lastard!

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 11:57 a.m. CST

    I could not possibly be more jealous

    by chuckmoose

    Quint, good for you man! Enjoy.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, noon CST

    Wow Quint! That's so epically awesome!

    by sweeneydave

    I've actually got tears in my eyes. These stories mean so much to me. It's been a dream of mine just to be in Hobbiton where you are. I'm so jealous, yet I'm so grateful for this picture so I can imagine I'm in that exact spot. Sorry for getting all gushy (but not in an Ellen Page/Boltie kinda way).

  • Oct. 27, 2011, noon CST

    all sorts of awesome, Quint

    by Tigger Tales

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 1:04 p.m. CST


    by ZodNotGod

    Fucking hobbits. *sigh

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST

    I was right there in 2006

    by heks

    Unfortunately the place had been stripped down, so the gardens weren't there and the doors to the hobbit holes weren't painted, etc. Nonetheless, it was totally awesome.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Awesome place.but....

    by mjgtexas

    5 dollars for a fucking Coke. WTF, aye?

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Awesome, Quint!

    by pushthebuttonmax

    I wish you could report every day! Little tidbits on twitter, even.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST

    does NZ feel like an island?!

    by Waka_Flocka

    possibly one of the stupidest fucking user comments in the history of this site.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST

    I am at a loss of snark...

    by 2soon2eat

    Can't think of a single nasty, sophmoric or bitter thing to say about this. Cool beans.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Hey Quint, post some...uh...Footage!

    by JAGUART

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 2:27 p.m. CST

    speaking role?

    by force_fed

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 2:44 p.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Quint, as usual...

    by DocPazuzu are the fucking MAN. Can't wait to read your reports. I'm so pleased that you're the AICN guy who got the gig. Unfortunately, the current crop of pathetic haters, trolls and retards will no doubt try to harsh your pipeweed buzz. Don't let the fuckers bring you down!

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 4:28 p.m. CST

    That's awesome.

    by SeanFlanagan

    I'm extremely jealous, but excited to be getting reports. Tell Pete I said hi.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Grandmother what big, hairy and smelly feet you have

    by Sprinky

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 5:29 p.m. CST

    can we get a little pipe smoke in the frame?

    by IndianaPeach

    you lucky bastard

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Holy cow crap.

    by Yelsaeb

    Quint, you lucky little bastard. Did you smoke any pipe weed?

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 5:46 p.m. CST

    You mean "another" horror movie, right Creepy?

    by Grasscutter

    Because Jackson's made a couple. You know that, right?

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Admit it

    by Quackfu

    there was no makeup work done to those feet. That is exactly how you look daily.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST


    by Quackfu

    yeah totally green with envy. Enjoy the whole time ya bum.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 5:59 p.m. CST

    The Mighty Quint!

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Nice to know that someone is still working good copy around here. Looking forward to your reports... lucky bastard! Goddamn I want that gig. Fuck it. I'm moving to New Zealand.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 7:10 p.m. CST

    These will beat LOTR, but in quality and at the box office

    by performingmonkey

    Personally I think we ain't seen nothing yet from Peter Jackson. Maybe he won't beat stuff like the siege of Minas Tirith with the fell beasts swooping down, or the whole of the Helm's Deep fight, but I think we're gonna see much better produced flicks overall.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 8:46 p.m. CST

    You're the man Quint

    by Roger Moon

    Congrats on a killer assignment. Look forward to the reports...

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 9:06 p.m. CST

    You bastardy bastard Quint. So... envious....

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    cannot... put... sentences..... RAAAAAAAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! seriously though..... I hate your guts you bastage.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 9:29 p.m. CST


    by celebritydave

    we're not that small dude! Im in auckland, its 100 miles to matamata from here. Auckland to Wellington is 400 miles. Its not like you can drive around the island in a few hours.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Hey Quint - welcome to NZ

    by celebritydave

    Did you arrive in time to catch the end of the rugby world cup? Enjoy your stay!

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Bah, I've seen a few New Zealand holes in my time.


    They're usually dirtier and more verdant.

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 1:30 a.m. CST

    Mr. Nice Gaius!

    by DocPazuzu

    Long time no see! Howzit?

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Nice one Quint. I'm totally jelous. Kong was brilliant but

    by Ecto-1

    I could do without that brontosaur pile-up scene which I always thought was pretty silly. Apart from that, its a great flick.

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 5:28 a.m. CST

    That is right and proper badass.

    by Bulvai


  • Oct. 28, 2011, 7:14 a.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Long time, indeed! Good to see you, sir. Things are alright - steady is as steady goes. How's life on your end?

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 7:53 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    performingmonkey, yes Helms Deep and Pelennor Fields battles set a really high bar but I think THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES could potentially top them. The book sets the battle up in fairly loosely sketched style but on film and with PJ doing it (who rates ZULU amongst his fave movies) I think there will be more detail lavished on making this battle a massive event. Plus some time has passed with FX which should also hopefully be in its favor. If he can dileniate the terrain and the protagonists and the build-up then I reckon this sequence, along with Smaug burning up Lake Town should be one of the greatest 30 minutes ever commited to celluloid. BRING IT ON.

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 7:54 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Only gripe is that we'll probably have to wait an extra year for the second HOBBIT movie to see it...

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Rex Ryan's favorite BTS pic yet!

    by Blanket-Man

    Very cool, Quint!

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Quint, Feel The Undying Whiny Envy Of -- DOOM!

    by V. von Doom

    Congratulations, you lucky son-of-a-hobbit. DOOM will now sweep majestically into the Pout Room in Castle Latveria and mope.

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Looks like a regular day in my hometown

    by alexander

    Pretty excited to see how Martin Freeman will play Bilbo

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Yep as it predicted...Aicn is turning into a Foot Fetish/BDSM/nun porn portal

    by Wilford_Brimleys_Diabetes_Rage

    Great Pic Quint..whats next Harry in leather gear with a ball gag in his mouth & a foot long dildo

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    from hairy feet in pov to what wilford describes above

    by alexander

    you know it

  • pics of my father and auntie hogtying and double teaming me while my mother teabags the balls of a midget dressed up as the stay puft man in my mouth and nostils!?

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 4:45 p.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    Not bad. Don't post here very much any more. Kind of lost interest in the Other Place as well (got a bit too snarky, even for me). Still, I can't pass up the opportunity to post in a Hobbit thread. How you liking the production diaries so far? I foresee massive carnage in the talkbacks ahead. Fell deeds await!

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 6:42 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Fell deeds, indeed! Threads for THE HOBBIT are a given for me (LOTR was how I found AICN and THE HOBBIT may very well be my "swansong") and there is a good chance that they will return Talkback to its former glory...even if only for a little while. As for the diaries, I've been loving them. Especially the last one with the final-second cameo by Christopher Lee. I was literally grinning from ear to ear. It's crazy how well put together they are, too. I don't post much these days but I still pop in every once in awhile. Been wondering if Harry will ever get around to making those much ballyhooed site changes before I officially retire. What's up with the Other Place? I've checked it out...I can't really get a feel for the vibe. Seems like there's a lot of talk about old movies mixed in with a lot negativity. I know they hate this place...but they sure do talk about it a lot! Kinda strange because most of those guys seem really cool...and their TB-fu was strong here.

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Best behind the scenes pic yet!

    by Dreamfasting

    Nostalgia is great, but the future looks cool indeed :)

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 8:06 p.m. CST

    What the FUCK is wrong with your feet?

    by Mel

  • Been in the same spot in Mata Mata, with the sheep-shearing demo in the barn and all that. It was great and I'm sure it still looks the same.

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 11:52 p.m. CST


    by Fineus Fog

    It will be the biggest and best battle ever committed to R3D 5K data at 48fps

  • Oct. 29, 2011, 3:13 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    fineus, ha! Very true, very true.

  • Oct. 29, 2011, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Quint's a lucky bastard alright.


    Must be great being in that Hobbit set.

  • Oct. 29, 2011, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Hey creepythinman....Kong was GREAT!


    Thought it wouldn't be long before the vocal 'minority' of Kong haters came out of the woodwork.

  • Oct. 29, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Peter Jackson disgusts me, ever since August.

    by JackPumpkinhead

    Why? That's why: <p> <p> <p> If you don't know what it's about... <p> <p> <p>

  • Oct. 30, 2011, 2:07 a.m. CST

    @jackpumpkinhead It's bloodthirsty Americans like you who are truly disgusting.

    by highfunctioningsociopath

    Why don't go eat some babies. After you've fucked them.

  • Oct. 30, 2011, 7:55 a.m. CST

    I don`t understand the point of this ?

    by higgledyhiggles

    The Hobbit will sell itself. It doesn`t need buzz and certainly not from internet review sites and reviewers. Lucky guy gets to go on holiday, but seriously, what can Quint or anyone else contribute to this. PJ is already showing BTS stuff in his blogs far more in-depth than any fan or reviewer will get a scoop for. In fact I think you`ll be hard pushed not to be aware when it hits. So... Why ? Colour me puzzled by todays media.

  • during it's production and Peter Jackson being overworked. Just in case you guys didn't know. King Kong is an awesome movie that normal people really enjoyed.

  • Oct. 31, 2011, 5:34 a.m. CST

    Quint - you are allowed to post the photo??

    by jake the muss

    Lucky you (the tips, I mean). We visited the Hobbiton set a few weeks ago - it was a rainy day, but everything was looking great nonetheless. Great fun. The tour guide went on in quasi-wanna-be scary legalese about not posting photos of our trip on the web "or else". I assume you have the necessary permission to break this explicit rule?

  • Oct. 31, 2011, 5:36 a.m. CST

    non-disclosure agreements

    by jake the muss

    Just as a follow up to my post above, essentially it was "The first rule of Hobbiton is you do not talk about Hobbiton"

  • Oct. 31, 2011, 7:57 a.m. CST

    SIR peter jackson?!?

    by JAMF

    when the fuck did that happen? also, set visits... please, any critic worth his salt would turn down that kind of shit, oh wait, there aren't any critics on aicn, they're all 'fans' and thus can do whatever they like. the flipside of that is their opinion means fuck all, which renders much of their 'work' on this site completely useless.

  • Oct. 31, 2011, 7:17 p.m. CST


    by poop

    Stunning performance!

  • Nov. 2, 2011, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Wait, so PJ's King Kong is good now?

    by Jason

    Clearly I'm not keeping up. Last I checked it was an overlong, overwritten special effects reel that did little more than highlight how well the original still holds up. Can't wait for The Hobbit though.

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 2:30 a.m. CST


    by proevad

    No. It still sucks. Watched the first four hours of it last night and passed out waiting for them to get to the fucking island.