Elijah Wood has claimed that an orc from The Lord of the Rings was designed in the likeness of Harvey Weinstein after the movie mogul sparked fury from the cast and crew.
Speaking to Dax Shepard on the Armchair Expert podcast, the star, 40, who played Frodo Baggins in the franchise, revealed that the disgraced movie boss, who is currently incarcerated for sex offenses, was the inspiration behind a beast.
Orcs – fictional humanoid monsters similar to goblins – have distorted mottled faces and Elijah revealed, “One of the orc masks – and I remember it very well – was designed to look like Harvey Weinstein as a sort of of “screwing up the neck”. ”
Who is who? Elijah Wood has claimed that an orc from The Lord of the Rings was designed in the image of Harvey Weinstein after the movie mogul sparked anger among the cast and crew (Weinstein, left in 2014, Gothmog’s Orc, right in The Lord of the Rings)
Weinstein’s film company, Miramax, owned the initial rights to Lord of the Rings in the ’90s, but caused a plethora of issues with creator Peter Jackson.
When he managed to bring the films to New Line Cinema for a separate deal, the New Zealand-born filmmaker and his team found a way to put two fingers up on Weinstein in the form of the monstrous evil Orcs.
Elijah details how his co-star Sean Astin, who played Samwise Gamgee, said in another interview that he spotted the recognizable mask on set.
He explained, “He had seen those orcish masks. And one of the orc masks and I remember it very well – was made to look like Harvey Weinstein …
A new look: Although he didn’t specify which Orc was made to look like the film’s boss (left last year), Gothmog (right), the lieutenant of the Third Age Witch King of Minas Morgul, who is played by Lawrence Makoare, appears to have the most striking resemblance
‘[It was] kind of ‘f ** k you’ ”, I think it’s good to talk about it now, the guy is f ** king incarcerated. F ** k him. “
While he did not specify which Orc was made to resemble the film’s boss, Gothmog, the lieutenant of the Third Age Witch King of Minas Morgul, who is played by Lawrence Makoare, appears to have the most striking resemblance. .
Elijah’s words come just two weeks after Weinstein again pleaded not guilty to another sexual assault charge in Los Angeles court.
The back-and-forth between prosecutors and lawyers for the disgraced film producer over one of the 11 sexual assault charges he faces continued on September 20, with Weinstein pleading not guilty – a second times – to the prosecution.
Back then: Speaking to Dax Shepard on the Armchair Expert podcast, the star, who played Frodo Baggins in the franchise (pictured), revealed the news
A month ago, Judge Lisa Lench dismissed the charge – sexual assault and battery on a woman at a Beverly Hills hotel in September 2010 – after accepting lawyers’ challenge that the statute of limitations had run out for the alleged infringement.
Still, the judge allowed prosecutors to change the charge and return it to him in downtown Los Angeles Criminal Court as a new indictment for reconsideration.
They did, and Judge Lench accepted the rewritten indictment on the revised charge, to which Weinstein’s attorney, Mark Werksman, pleaded not guilty.
Changes: Weinstein’s film company Miramax owned the initial rights to Lord of the Rings in the ’90s but caused a plethora of issues with creator Peter Jackson (pictured in 2019)
But the judge also allowed Werksman to file another challenge and set a hearing for October 25 for that challenge to be heard.
On that date, Judge Lench will also hear arguments from the prosecution for a “1108 motion” which, if granted, would allow them to provide evidence of Weinstein’s past sexual misconduct at his next trial in Los Angeles. Angeles.
This could include evidence from his trial in New York, where he is serving a 23-year prison sentence after being convicted of rape and sexual assault of two women.
Weinstein – wearing brown overalls and a white mask and sitting handcuffed in a wheelchair in court – said “Yes, your honor” when Judge Lench asked him if he would waive his right to a speedy trial and accept his trial from April 7 next year.
Uh oh: Elijah details how his co-star Sean Astin (left), who played Samwise Gamgee, said in another interview that he spotted the recognizable mask on set
He has already pleaded not guilty to all 11 counts when he appeared in court in July after being extradited from New York to LA following his sexual assault convictions.
In Los Angeles, the man who unwittingly helped spark the #MeToo movement is accused of sexually assaulting five women in 11 separate incidents between 2004 and 2013. If convicted, he faces a total maximum sentence of 140 years in prison.
In addition to the sexual battery, LA charges include rape, forced oral copulation, and forced sexual penetration.
Shocking: Elijah’s words come just two weeks after Weinstein again pleaded not guilty to another sexual assault charge in Los Angeles court