Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

Lord Of The Rings Set Report

From: Xoanon

Super Ringer Spy Xtem sends word on the filming going on in and around Ruapehu the last few weeks. Funny man Bernard Hill, how Hugo Weaving really looks and how it is to work with Viggo Mortensen!

Something I have noticed with the whole "hush hush" part of the movie is that it seems to have rubbed off onto the thousands of extras out there. Must be a pride factor. Oh and the confidentiality agreement they sign. But most likely the pride factor. That smug look on their faces when they tell you where they have been the last couple of weeks. It's no fun for spies like me! I mean, surely there is at least one who can't keep their trap shut about such a huge project.

So I thought I'd be a bit more cunning, and send out my little trainee, one who is not known in the ranks. Using her amazing powers of psycological tactics, she talks to the extras, and rubs their egos up the wrong way, and get's all the answers.

The recent filming down in Ruapehu was indeed part of the prologue, one of those "flash-back" type of things, which will most likely happen during an interlude between Gandalf and Frodo in the first couple of minutes of movie 1. It envolved hordes of Elves, charging down a rocky hillside, running headlong into the camera style shots. Some Department Of Conservation people standing by, yelling "don't step on the 300 year old moss!". The actors couldn't give a damn. If it was a choice between avioding the slimy stuff and risking slipping and falling, or trudging all over it, they'd choose the later. Naturally.

They speak of Hugo Weaving (Elrond) being on set, and what it's like to work with a 6'4 tall person. Apparently he's not the weed he looks like in The Matrix. Tall, big build, and looks nothing like agent Smith - once he's doned hair extensions (he's grown it longer anyway) and his 'gear'. Then again, he looks remarkably short, standing next to one of New Zealand's taller people, a 7'2 Elf. And after all that sweaty stuff, the extras are invited to have a preview of the work they have just completed. Yep, they got to see what they looked like, as millions will in 1 1/2 years time.

Then Bernard Hill (Theoden), cracking jokes during the siege of Helms Deep. A shot of all the Elves trying to hold the gates shut, and Mr. Hill yells out "c'mon chaps, it's the Jehovahs Witnesses trying to get in!"

But all in all, the extras have reported time and time again, that two of the nicest guys to work with have been Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), who would come down to the pub afterwards with the lads for a drink, and Hugo Weaving, who lines up with the extras during dinner time. That is, no sign of Hollywood down under. Just people doing their jobs.

Finally, the extra's confidence in the movies. Comments are dropped like "The feel is right"; or "Everything fits, costumes and casting, everything". Sounds like PJ is doing his job, and doing it well. And this is coming from real staunch Tolkien supporters.

You can view this news item here: http://www.theonering.net/perl/newsview/2/959096417

Xoanon Editor in Chief http://theonering.net


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Westpac Exiting Cake Tin: Stadium Announces Naming Rights Agreement With Sky

Wellington Regional Stadium Trust (WRST) and Sky Network Television Ltd (Sky) have announced a new partnership that will see Sky secure the naming rights of the Stadium from 1 January 2020. More>>

ALSO:

ASB Classic: Serena Williams Confirmed For 2020

One of the biggest names in sport has confirmed she will be returning to the ASB Classic in 2020. Twenty-three time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams will return to Auckland’s ASB Tennis Arena to challenge for the ASB Classic title. More>>

Netball: Taurua To Coach Silver Ferns Through Two More Campaigns

Netball New Zealand has confirmed Taurua will guide the Silver Ferns as they take on the Australian Diamonds in October’s Cadbury Netball Series (Constellation Cup), along with the Northern Quad Series in late January. More>>

ALSO:

Bigger But Less Novel Than The Parrot: Giant Fossil Penguin Find

The discovery of Crossvallia waiparensis, a monster penguin from the Paleocene Epoch (between 66 and 56 million years ago), adds to the list of gigantic, but extinct, New Zealand fauna. These include the world’s largest parrot, a giant eagle, giant burrowing bat, the moa and other giant penguins. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland