There is one particularly memorable and quotable scene from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers when an Uruk-hai kills one of his comrades and then loudly declares: “Looks like meat is back on the menu, boys!” For years, reviewers have pointed out that this line is a bit odd, given that Uruk-hai would likely have no idea what a menu is. Now three of the actors involved in the scene have shared their thoughts on it.
Nathaniel Lees, who played the Uruk-hai Ugluk who delivered the iconic line, said in an interview with Thrillist that the choice to say “menu” was meant to clarify that “the menu is simply the choice of food available.” Once Ugluk killed the orc, Snaga, his “meat was back on the menu,” according to Lees.
Stephen Ure, who played orc captain Grishnakh who suggested mutilating Pippin and Merry and eating parts of them, commented that there are a lot of things in The Lord of the Rings that don’t really make logical sense. . Putting on a costume, including full makeup and more, was a tough and difficult experience, Ure said. So raising concerns with the writers that could have delayed production and kept them in costume longer was not something he wanted to do.
“There are a lot of things that don’t really make sense. Of course, they wouldn’t know what a menu was,” he said. “You’re not going to start debating the writing, because maybe then they’ll run away and rewrite it and then you’re going to be sitting there in all these things. Really, at the end of the day. , you just want it to be over and get out of this stuff. “
Ure said he was taken aback by how the “meat back on the menu” line has become so famous. He also said it was likely written by Philippa Boyens, the Oscar-winning screenwriter who worked with Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh on the scripts for the three films.
“I had no idea that scene got so famous. There are a lot of awkward things in there. It’s Philippa Boyens. She puts all these things in there that just don’t make sense,” a- he declared.
Jeb Brophy, who played the orc who had his head chopped off, said a “modern vernacular” has crept into the Two Towers scenario. Brophy said the “menu” line could be understood when considering that Uruk-hai can be orcs raised with humans, which at least theoretically makes it possible for them to understand the concept of a menu.
“I guess when you look at Bilbo Baggins and the types of food he eats. They talk about banquets, especially in Hobbiton. So ‘menu’ [could] be a common phrase. The Uruk-hai are orcs raised with humans, so who knows where this language came from, really? He said.
The full interview at Thrillist delves much deeper into this important question and you can and should read the entire interview to get the full background.
In other Lord of the Rings news, Amazon is currently filming an expensive and ambitious Lord of the Rings TV show in New Zealand. The company was also working on a Lord of the Rings MMO, but it was canceled, apparently due to a contractual dispute. Outside of Amazon, Daedalic is making a The Lord of the Rings game focused on Gollum.