QUESTION: Can you talk about when you first met Peter Jackson and his collaborators, and how you came to write the song I See Fire for the film?
ED SHEERAN: I first met Peter in March. I did a show in Wellington and his daughter, Katie, came down. Then I was invited around for lunch the next day, we hung out, and it was fun. About six months later, I got a call asking if I wanted to be involved in the end credit song. So I instantly got a plane to New Zealand, met everyone that was involved in the film and watched the film. Then I wrote the song.
Here's a rough transcript of the Hangout that Peter Jackson (PJ), Richard Armitage (RA), and Evangeline Lilly (EL) were in a few minutes ago. The quotes are not exact quotes, but rather, summaries. There is also a transcript of the new clip that was shown, the beginning of the barrel rider scene.
Q: Any pranks on set?
PJ: Ian McKellen loves napping, so I once sneaked up on him while he was napping between takes and yelled "And...Action!" causing Ian to jump up in surprise and straighten up as if he had to act.