One Orc among many files Lord of the rings The films are designed to resemble Harvey Weinstein as “kind of fuck you” the infamous producer Elijah Wood, who played the Hobbit Frodo on the series, told a Hollywood podcast.
“That’s funny” Wood Tell Actor Dax Shepard’s podcast, armchair expert. “This was talked about recently because Dom [Monaghan] And Bill [Boyd, who played hobbits Merry and Pippin] … they were talking to Sean Astin [Samwise] About his first memory of arriving in New Zealand [where the series was filmed].
“He’s seen these orc masks. And one of the orc masks – and I remember this vividly – was designed to look like Harvey Weinstein Kind of fuck you.
“I think it’s okay to talk about it now,” Wood said. “The fucking guy is imprisoned. Fuck him.”
In the first major case of the #MeToo era, in which a woman spoke out about abuse by powerful men, Weinstein was accused of sexual assault by several women. convicted Rape in February 2020 and He was sentenced to 23 years in prison, faces further charges in California, which he faced Not guilty.
Wood said director Peter Jackson made the decision to model the orc on Weinstein After facing difficulties With him on his way to making The Lord of the Rings films.
According to Wood, Jackson began developing films at Miramax, which Weinstein co-founded with his brother. Jackson wanted to produce at least two films to adapt JRR Tolkein’s novels, but Weinstein asked the director to adapt the three books into one film.
Wood said Weinstein also threatened to replace Jackson with Quentin Tarantino or John Madden, the director of Shakespeare in Love.
When Jackson asked Weinstein for permission to find a different producer, Wood said, Weinstein agreed but only gave him one weekend to do so and ordered that any producer must work on all films or none.
“The window of time was crazy,” Wood said. “They shopped all over town. Peter made an impressive ad video, which was taken to a variety of places. Most people were dismissive of the idea of doing more than one movie. The popular opinion was: No, you have to see how [the initial movie] Then you invest the rest of your money.”
Wood said Weinstein agreed to make at least two films, but limited the budget to $75 million, a move he hid from Jackson. The Jackson team leaked the script As a way to attract interest among other studios, the project was chosen by Bob Shay, founder of New Line Cinema, who agreed to produce three films.
“I think the idea was that they were coming in with two and it was Bob Shay who said, ‘We have to do three,’ which is crazy,” Wood said. “An incredible risk. Miramax thought there was no chance in Hell.”
Triple It grossed $2.92 billion at the box office It is now considered one of the greatest movie series of all time.