Elijah Wood has many memories of his work on “The Lord of the Rings”, the early 2000s blockbuster trilogy directed by Peter Jackson and produced by New Line Cinema.
But an anecdote reveals the production’s lingering hostility to Miramax, the company founded by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, which had first-look rights to the ambitious project and hardly let it go. It was like Harvey Weinstein was … some kind of monster?
That’s basically what Wood, who played protagonist Frodo Baggins in the trilogy, said in a new episode of Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast.
Shepard and Wood discussed how Jackson and his company snatched “Lord of the Rings” from Miramax – who wanted it as a two-movie project, or even a four-hour movie, per Polygon – and made it move to New. Line in very difficult conditions. conditions.
Miramax said of course they could have “LOTR” in the turnaround, but a deal had to be done within a weekend, under all kinds of extreme circumstances. But it worked, with New Line founder Bob Shaye saying the saga had to be shot as a trilogy, no hiatus to reconsider, unlike Miramax, who had agreed to shoot only two of the films before they went. stop to see how they behaved.
But the accessories department hasn’t entirely gone from that initial bad marriage to Miramax.
“One of the orc masks – and I remember it very well – was made to look like Harvey Weinstein, like kind of f-you,” Wood said.
In the land of the “Lord of the Rings”, orcs are dark, corrupt and brutal creatures who are loyal to the evil lord Sauron. They are, in short, ugly.
“I think it’s OK to talk about it now,” added Wood. “The guy is f- incarcerated.”
Wood also spoke about his most recent film, “No Man of God,” which traces the relationship between FBI analyst Bill Hagmaier and serial killer Ted Bundy during Bundy’s death row years.
Shepard joked that someone is going to make a movie soon about an FBI expert talking to Weinstein in prison. But Wood wouldn’t even let this joke breathe.
“We don’t need to advertise this man anymore,” Wood said, with everyone’s agreement.
Weinstein, who is serving a 23-year sentence in a New York state prison after being convicted of rape and committing a criminal sex act, has pleaded not guilty to multiple sexual assault charges in Los Angeles in July.
Court dates are scheduled for later this month and again in December at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles.