Taika Waititi stole pieces of 'The Hobbit' set to use for 'What We Do in the Shadows'
In The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, New Zealand filmmaker and actor Taika Waititi revealed a Hobbit-sized secret about New Zealand director Peter Jackson's popular film series on Wednesday night.
"When I was shooting What We Do in the Shadows, when Jermaine and I were shooting that, we didn't have a lot of money to do that movie," Waititi said. "The Hobbit was just finished. And so, our production designer - man, I don't know if I should tell this. OK, but I'll do it. Our production designer took his crew to Hobbit Studios in the middle of the night and stole all the dismantled broken green screens and took all the wood and we built a house."
According to Waititi, in his 2014 film What We Do in the Shadows, the house was built using the wood and green canvas from The Hobbit. There was roughly a $200 million budget difference between Waititi's What We Do in the Shadows and Jackson's second Hobbit film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013), which Waititi pointed out was already completed, and Jackson probably didn't care. Although, according to the director of Thor: Love and Thunder, Jackson probably doesn't know either.
"I never spoke to Peter Jackson about it. I don't know if he knows. I like to tell it at parties, this story. But I don't know if he really knows," admitted Waititi.
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