F*** magazine (which stands for Film, Fame, Fact, so get your mind out of the gutter) has a set of complimentary interviews with Richard Armitage and Lee Pace wherein they reveal the complexities of, and challenges facing their respective characters. As a dwarf fan, getting to read the perspective of “the other side” was very interesting, and Lee Pace makes some persuasive arguments for Thranduil’s inaction at Erebor.
*Warning: There be spoilers*
(Richard Armitage interview via richardarmitagenet.com, Lee Pace interview via liyung0248.tumblr.com)
There is an additional interview where Armitage and Pace discuss Thorin and Thranduil’s conflict, while Orlando Bloom talks about returning to the role of Legolas, and how he perceives Tauriel.