Actor Topher Grace, who is probably most well-known for playing Eric Forman in That 70s Show as well as the first big screen version of Venom, has once again put his editing skills to good use. Grace has taken the Hobbit trilogy which in total clocks in at over 460 minutes, and edited it down to about two hours. Grace recently spoke with Indiewire and talked about how the editing process is soothing for him.
“I don’t know what other guys do. Go fishing? For me, this is just a great way to relax. There’s something really zen about it. It’s not that I ever want to edit professionally. It’s like doing woodwork in my garage.”
Grace said that the idea of art over profits is one reason he did the Hobbit edit.
“I think that maybe The Hobbit should’ve been one movie, and many people would agree. Money drives a lot of those franchises. It’s better when the art leads. All these franchises started from a real, genuine, artistic place. Then they made a lot of money. They say success has many fathers.”
Grace first got into editing back in 2012 when he took the three Star Wars prequel films, and edited them down to one 85-minute film. And while he did screen his Star Wars edit privately, to the best of my knowledge it is not viewable online.
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