It’s been 20 years since The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring first hit theaters. After a huge bet of shooting the trilogy back-to-back in New Zealand for two years, JRR Tolkien’s adaptations ended up being huge Oscar-winning hits. However, despite their lasting legacy, Merry star Dominic Monaghan has now shared that he hasn’t watched the Peter Jackson movies in about 15 years.

Speaking to GameSpot, Monaghan explained that after experiencing the creation of The Lord of the Rings, he didn’t really have a reason to review his performance in the trilogy, and he wasn’t planning on doing so anytime soon.

The 44-year-old said: “I don’t think about it a lot. I don’t know how healthy it is for me to think about it or dwell on it so much …

“Obviously when I was working on the project I loved it, and I had the experience and the experience obviously dictated huge parts of my life.

“But I haven’t seen The Lord of the Rings in probably a good fifteen years, and I don’t know when I would or what would be the reason for watching it.”

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Monaghan clarified, “Obviously I’m still good friends with a lot of guys. It’s good.

“It’s great to make a film that I’m proud of, that I find great, that I think stands the test of time.”

In 2019, Express.co.uk spoke to Gimli star John Rhys-Davies, who admitted he was not a fan of fantasy.

The 77-year-old has clarified his previous negative comments on the upcoming Lord of the Rings TV show.

Speaking to Den of Geek, John said at the time, “Why we really need Lord of the Rings as a TV series baffles me slightly.

“[It’s] so unscrupulous and greedy for money for anything – I mean the amazing money they get from online gambling and stuff like that, it’s just a shame. I mean, poor Tolkien must be turning in his grave.

However, he told Express.co.uk that he had “misspoken” himself, failing to realize that Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV series wouldn’t be another adaptation of Tolkien’s trilogy, but would be. would take place at another time and place in Middle-earth.

The actor told us, “I’m not a big fan of fantasy, I admit. I misspoke when asked because it was introduced to me as’ What do you think about this remake of Lord of the Rings? ‘ and I pulled from the hip and misspoke. It’s not really about that at all.

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John added, “There are so many other stories attached to it and this is the prehistory and the Middle Earth preset that Amazon is going to do and I wish them well.

“I think a great storyteller’s stories should all be told if they hold up.”

Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV series is set in the Second Age of Middle-earth, while the film trilogy was in the third of four.

What is expected to be the most expensive TV show ever made will begin airing on Amazon Prime on September 2, 2022.

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