Evangeline Lilly on 'The Hobbit': It 'changed my mind about acting'

December 11, 2014 2:26 PM

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One of the most controversial decisions "The Hobbit" filmmakers made was the addition of Silvan elf warrior Tauriel, an entirely new character not present in J.R.R. Tolkien's story. And perhaps nobody was more suspicious of changes than Evangeline Lilly, the "Lost" alumna who portrayed the new character in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" and "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," in theaters next week.

"I was adamant that I wouldn't see ('The Lord of the Rings') films because there was no way that anybody was going to be able to re-create what I had imagined in my mind on the screen," the self-described Tolkien purist told Hero Complex last year.

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