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'Hobbit' star Richard Armitage recalls time on set of 'Star Wars: Phantom Menace'

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' may be the biggest role of British actor Richard Armitage's career, but it's not the biggest film - that would be another prequel, 'Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace'.

Before cutting his acting teeth with roles in British TV shows like 'Spooks' and 'Robin Hood', Armitage was one of many future stars to appear in George Lucas' first prequel.

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"Walking onto that set," he recalls, "I remember thinking, 'Why didn't they finish building the rest of the set? Are they behind? They must be out of money.'"

Armitage spoke of his experiences whilst promoting the first 'Hobbit' film, in which he has a much bigger (but also smaller) role as grizzled dwarf Thorin Oakenshield.

In the uncredited role of "Naboo Fighter Pilot", Armitage shared the screen with a very young Keira Knightley and 'Lost in Translation' director Sofia Coppola, both of whom were part of the queen's posse.

"I certainly turned up and filmed a day, but I can't find myself in the movie!" he continued. "I think I ended up as a droid. I thought I was a fighter pilot. I can't find where I am. I had a line to Ewan McGregor: 'No one's on board, sir.'"