HOBBIT actor Aidan Turner was shocked when he came face to- face with his very own Lego mini-me.
“It's weird, Hobbit Lego figures have just come out and we were given one of them,” the 29-year-old Dublin actor said. “It's pretty surreal.”
But novelty Lego figurines are just the tip of the iceberg.
“I think I'm also on a hot chocolate mug in Germany,” said Turner who plays the part of young dwarf Kili in Peter Jackson’s trilogy.
The actor said he knew he had hit the big time when he saw his face plastered across a diner's menu in the United States.
“You know you've made it when there's a menu in Denny's that has your picture on it.”
Hobbit fever is sweeping the world and Aidan said that while he used to consider himself a Tolkien fan he's not so sure now.
“It's hard to say you're a fan when you're out talking about Tolkien, because the fans are fans, and are so loyal and so committed.
“And you suddenly say you're a fan and you get all these crazy questions and they realise, you're not one of them, you don't have little elf ears that you stick on at night time.”
Regardless of whether he's a die-hard fan or not, Aidan certainly impressed the Hobbit producers as his character’s story was one of the few that was expanded for the film.
But the Clondalkin native remained modest about his increased role.
“It expanded slightly. It's not really covered in the first movie, it's the second one really that they sort of ever so slightly fabricated something, a relationship with an elf.”
He attended the Dublin premiere of The Hobbit on Sunday night with his girlfriend, theatre actress Sarah Greene.
The evening seemed a little tame in comparison to the premiere in Wellington, where the stars walked the world's longest red carpet.
But Aidan says he was pleased with the low key reception.
“Wellington was crazy so it's nice to have something on this scale back home with so many friends and family here.”
As well as starring in the Hobbit trilogy, he has just finished filming Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones – a sci-fi series based on Cassandra Clare's best selling books.
Aidan, who previously acted in RTE's The Clinic, will star alongside Love/Hate's Robert Sheehan and The Tudors star Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the upcoming vampire flick.