After spending months and months acting opposite a green screen, it makes sense that actors woud get tired of it and want to act opposite real people in real settings. Richard Armitage, who plays Thorin Oakenshield in the Hobbit films, was recently interviewed by the Independent and spoke of his desire to act in movies without any special effects.
He said, "I've spent the past two years in a special FX environment for The Hobbit. I also need to find something where I'm not fighting or inflicting violence on someone, as a lot of the roles I've had, such as Lucas North in Spooks and Guy of Gisborne in Robin Hood, have involved that. I don't know why that's been the case!"
Armitage also talks about publicity for 'The Hobbit', saying, "I was travelling and doing junkets around the world, being asked the same questions every day for three weeks. Then at the end of the working day I'd have to get down the red carpet. It's pretty hard work. I much prefer being in front of a camera."
It's a sentiment that many actors share, saying that they prefer to be working on set than doing promotion. Armitage's role in the Hobbit sequels is pretty integral, so he still has plenty of promotion to go. He will next be seen in Black Sky, and then of course, 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' in December. Then, 'The Hobbit: There and Back Again' will be coming out towards the end of 2014.