Fact: The Hobbit star Richard Armitage is close to signing on to tackle classic Arthur Miller play The Crucible on the London stage in his first major theatre role in 12 years. The British actor is poised to star opposite newcomer Samantha Colley in director Yael Farber's summer (14) production at The Old Vic, according to the Daily Mail. His last big theatre job was in a 2002 production of Annie Lee.
Quote: "I'm standing at a bus stop next to a massive flag of Thorin, and I'm standing there thinking, 'Everyone's looking at this flag and yeah, you don't realise that the man on that flag is standing in the bus stop with you'." British actor Richard Armitage's makeover for his role as dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit movies made him unrecognisable to onlookers.