Guillermo del Toro - RT's Dinner and the Movies Interview
The visionary director spends an hour talking to us about his career.
Part 6 of 12: On why characters like Bilbo appeal...
Highlights from the video:
Continue on to part 7, as we discuss del Toro's ambitions and he tells details the projects he couldn't that have come and gone.
War either creates an affirmation of ethics and morality or destroys them. It has that effect, there's nothing in between. For example in Pan's Labyrinth
the girl becomes so absolutely certain of her internal reality that she does not mind her physical death. She conquers death by absolutely just saying, "I'm in a throne room with my family, I'm happy." It's a conquest, but she dies. In my mind that's not a failure.
In Bilbo's case, the easiest thing for him to do would be to stay loyal to the dwarves and, frankly, to take a different stance on Smaug. Who knows what the easier choices were - many of them - but he takes the hardest choice.