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'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Actor Richard Armitage Fires Back At Critics

Richard Armitage has defended "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" from critics who claim that the movie does not have enough plot line.

"I can't believe someone has said not enough is happening," Armitage told Australian Associated Press, as cited by Daily Mail.

"There is so much happening," Armitage said adding that "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" director Peter Jackson is "really obsessive about war" and he knows the maps the director made and the research he did "for studying what happens on a battlefield."

Jackson also co-wrote the screenplay with Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro based on the 1937 youth novel by J.R.R. Tolkien.  The story picks up where the 2013 film "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" ends.

According to Armitage, he had to see the movie for a third time because he "couldn't quite take in everything that was happening."

In October, Jackson told Hero Complex that "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" is "very much like a thriller."

"I'm not letting that tone go for a second. It gives me a chance to feel like I'm making a different movie, not something that has the familiar elements that we've had in the past," Jackson explained.

"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" has earned more than $90 million since it opened on Dec. 17 putting "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" and "Annie" in second and third place respectively at the box office, Wall Street Journal reported.

The film stars Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Ian Holm as old Bilbo, Ken Stott as Balin, Graham McTavish asDwalin, Luke Evans as Bard, Stephen Fry as Master of Laketown, William Kircher as Bifur and James Nesbitt as Bofur, among others.

"Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch also voiced the character Smaug/Necromancer. 

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