Stephen Fry undergoes an epic transformation on the set of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The British writer, actor and presenter plays the master of Lake-town in the second film from Peter Jackson's franchise

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Behold the power of hair and make-up. On the left is the Stephen Fry we know and love: arms folded, jovial smile. But on the right, he appears as the master of Lake-town in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – the second film in Peter Jackson’s trilogy. 

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Fry – who also appears in the franchise’s conclusion, The Battle of the Five Armies – dons some seriously scraggly hair to play the politician whom Jackson describes in the video below as “sleazy and manipulating and lying and looking out for themselves”. 

The film also features Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ian McKellen, Luke Evans and Richard Armitage who all return for the final film when it’s released next month. 

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition is released on Blu-ray 3D and DVD on Monday