"This is the craziest film ever made.
It's the most ambitious film ever made anywhere in the world, technically. On any one day
there are four camera crews with Jackson, dashing around the sets. He's absolutely calm.
If you want to know what a hobbit is like, meet Peter Jackson."
"NZers should also be proud because the
bulk of the people working on the film are 'born and bred here ... if the film works, it
will be because it is a NZ film and not because it was shot here."
Asked if he feels an affinity with Gandalf,
he says: "Well, I like travelling, he likes travelling, he likes walking and getting
about. He likes people and he certainly likes hobbits. I think he also likes the settled
life, the cosy life...so I'm for that. He's ordinary and, at times, rather frail. He loses
his temper and he smokes, which he probably shouldn't. I go for that side of the