$1.6m worth of make up goes into making 'The Hobbit' dwarf

Melbourne, May 2 (ANI): To make a man look like a dwarf, it takes three hours in the make-up chair, ten test faces, a wig, a beard, some body padding, eight weeks of dwarf-walk training and 1.6 million dollars worth of prosthetics.

Richard Armitage, who plays Thorin Oakenshield in the JRR Tolkien/Peter Jackson-adapted 'The Hobbit', revealed to News.com.au the lengths it took to transform him into the King Under The Mountain.

"Well it's my beard, which I'm growing back in time for the next lot of filming, the hair is a wig which strangely a lot of people don't realise, but the forehead the eyebrows and the nose are all prosthetics," he said.

He said that it takes about three hours to get ready - about an hour and a half for the face and 45 minutes for the hair.

If they started shooting at eight o'clock they would have to be in the chair at 4.30am. (ANI)