Fast five with Luke Evans

Fast five with Luke Evans
LUKE EVANS at the Worldwide Fan Event in London celebrating the upcoming release of New Line Cinema's and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's fantasy adventure "THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

SINGAPORE- From tackling Greek gods to slaying dragons with bow-and-arrow, this Welsh hottie's career is on the rise.

1 LATE BLOOMER

He had his first film audition at 30, considered old in Hollywood, but this theatre-trained actor got a fast track to stardom - thanks to a miniskirt or two.

After a decade on London's West End, Evans had his first taste of film-making playing Greek god Apollo in Clash Of The Titans. A year later, he was showing off his legs again as Greek god Zeus in Immortals.

2 DRAGON SLAYER

Evans scored a role in Peter Jackson's upcoming The Hobbit sequel, The Desolation of Smaug, opening here on Dec 12. In it, Bilbo Baggins' (Martin Freeman) journey to reclaim their lost kingdom from the dragon Smaug leads them through the elven forest of Mirkwood. Evans is Bard the Bowman, in a fight with Smaug.

3 ROBIN HOOD TYPE

His Bard is an unlikely hero, with Jackson making him more engaging as compared to the rigid sharpshooter described in JRR Tolkien's book. Evans told Empire: "He's a bit of a rogue, a Robin Hood type... his only agenda is to keep his family safe."

4 EXCITING TIMES

Calling Bard his most iconic role, Evans told website HitFix: "When you've seen The Lord Of The Rings trilogy... and ... you're actually on set and (Ian McKellen's) looking at you... It's brilliant."

5 NO SELFIES

You probably won't see Evans Instagramming pictures of himself. The actor, who came out of the closet a decade ago, doesn't care much about public opinions. He told Men's Health: "For your own self-respect and sanity... you have to be careful that you don't rely too much on other people's opinions of what you do..."


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