Azog was killed years before during the War of the Dwarves and Orcs. Why is he such a heavy presence in the first Hobbit movie?

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    Because Peter Jackson – BBlake Dec 17 '14 at 12:54
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    VTC'ers - before pulling the trigger, consider whether or not the answer to this may be on a DVD commentary or in one of the DVD extras. – user8719 Dec 17 '14 at 13:44
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    Um, how is this primarily opinion based. A)Azgog is 100% in the Hobbit movie and is the antagonist. B)Azgog most certainly DID die during the War of the Dwarves and Orcs. So, anyone want to explain to me where the opinion is? – Robert Dec 17 '14 at 13:57
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    Think of it from a movie perspective. Peter Jackson is a director(and a fine director at that), not a writer. He knows what needs to be done to capture an audience for a film, and one of these things is to have a heroic figure to root for. Is that Bilbo? Sure, but Bilbo isn't about to slay orcs and fight dragons. What he does is commendable, but the audience needs something more. Thorin is this character, but Thorin isn't about to go fighting Smaug toe to toe realistically either. Azog being put into the movie gives Thorin a main enemy to fight, and allows the audience to get behind Thorin. – Demarini Dec 17 '14 at 16:28