As all of you have heard by now, this man's name really suits him. He was very gracious and smiling, and could go to "Shakespearean Actor Mode" (S.A.M. - *G*) in 2 seconds flat! Apparently he spent many years in the theatre - and loved it - and then decided to go into TV and film - and loves it, too. He also spends some time teaching acting, which, as he says, keeps him "honest" - *G*. The "tomato-squishing" bit in ROTK was partly from him, partly from PJ. He'd done several different bits, and when PJ saw this, he asked him to play it up even more - tear at the chicken, etc. And, yes, he says he was not exaggerating the story about when Billy first sang Pippin's song; the room had been full of people working, moving, and PJ asked Billy if he wanted to try the song out first as rehearsal, and as soon as he started, the room grew so quiet you could hear a pin drop. *shivers*
As to Denethor, John - not surprisingly - said that he didn't see him as a villain. Denethor had been holding together a country that was constantly beseiged by Mordor, he'd lost his wife, he'd lost a son, he'd been exposed to the lies of the Palantir; he was a once-noble man who had lost hope. On a lighter note, he was asked which of his fellow LOTR actors he'd want to be stranded with on a deserted island - *G*. He replied that it would be one of the women, of course, but that he couldn't be asked to choose among them! If it was one of the guys, though, it'd be between Viggo (a "man's man" - *G*) and Billy - Viggo to build the shelter, catch the food, and basically make for a comfortable survival; or Billy, to make him laugh. *S* I'll let you guess what this answer did to my admiration for John - *L*!
So, some photos of the more-handsome-than-expected John Noble:
Cliff Broadway, first:
And a link to the full album (my apologies for skin tones that are all over the map; having trouble with my color cast correction): http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=9AbsWjFy1at1G¬ag=1