At this point, 20 years after the first entry of JRR Tolkien’s Peter Jackson adaptation was released The Lord of the Rings, there are some anecdotes that everyone knows. Did you know that Viggo Mortensen had a real knife thrown at him at the end of The Fellowship of the Ring? Or that her cry of anguish after typing in a helmet The two towers Wasn’t his reaction to the alleged death of the hobbits that Aragorn, the character he played, was looking for, but to the breaking of the actor’s toe? Etc.
But earlier this week, Elijah Wood, who played Frodo, provided some new anecdotes for us nerds. At Dax Shepherd Chair expert podcast, he confirmed Sean Astin’s (Samwise Gamgee) claim on The onion of friendship, a podcast hosted by Billy Boyd (Peregrin Took) and Dominic Monaghan (Meriadoc Brandybuck), which one of the villainous shock-trooper orc masks was modeled on in the likeness of. . . Harvey Weinstein. Through Media, Wood said that “one of the orc masks – and I remember it very well – was designed to look like Harvey Weinstein like some kind of madman.”
We learned after the fall of Harvey Weinstein that his filthy and criminal sexual predation was an open secret in Hollywood. But his aggressive handling of film deals, production and development was a little more widely known to the public, discussed and felt. The the Lord of the Rings the film trilogy almost fell victim to it. Weinstein owned the adaptation rights through his studio Miramax and only wanted one movie while Jackson hoped for at least two. These “creative differences”, to use the Hollywood euphemism, have resulted in a lot of friction; Before the adaptation landed at New Line instead, Weinstein had threatened to compress the films into one and hire Quentin Tarantino (!) to direct.
Fortunately, as we all know, that didn’t happen and we were able to experience Jackson’s trilogy the way he wanted. As far as I know, however, this has yet to be confirmed who orc was based on Weinstein. MediaThe featured image seems to suggest it was Gothmog, pictured in The king’s return as one of the leaders of the evil Sauron’s assault on Minas Tirith. There is some resemblance, but I’m not sure it’s been confirmed. I am open to other suggestions.