‘Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’: Richard Armitage on Thorin’s madness, Gina McIntyre, A long and detailed interview about playing Thorin; Los Angeles Times, 15th December 2013
On what playing Thorin has meant to him:
"I think it’s really made me re-engage with what I want from my career. It’s not fame and fortune certainly. It’s the ability to investigate a character in this way, but at the same time it’s going to be really difficult to surpass this experience. I’ve got to maybe give up the idea of finding another character like this. But I had said that before. I played another character where I said, I’ll never find another character like that and then this one came along. It was John Thornton in “North and South,” which is something I did maybe eight years ago. But it was a book I loved and a great writer and a great director, just a small BBC four-part series but it had a real impact on me and again changed me as an actor. So I found this one eight years later. I hope it doesn’t take eight years. I know I will find it somehow. We’ll see."