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gollumjuice: The Return of the King World Pre…

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The Return of the King World Premiere (Wellington) ↬ December 1, 2003

On 1 December, 2003 Wellington hosted the World Premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Crowds massing close to 120,000 lined Wellington’s streets to salute The Lord of the Rings filmmakers and stars as they paraded through the central city in open top classic cars. Led by a group of Maori conch callers, the parade also included groups of The Lord of the Rings characters – Hobbits, Orcs, Elves, Rohan, Gondorian soldiers, Ringwraith Riders, Easterlings and Uruk Hai. The filmmakers and stars stepped from their cars on to 470 metres of red carpet, stretching the length of Courtenay Place. They spent hours signing autographs, posing for photos, talking to fans and giving media interviews. Three giant screens projected the World Premiere scenes for all to see – Wellington City Council [x]

l-o-t-r: “After a long day’s shooting, when a…

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“After a long day’s shooting, when all the other cast would be either in bed or in the bar, a nine-page handwritten memo would come rattling through the fax from Viggo, outlining his thoughts about that day’s work and the next few days to come. This wasn’t an exception – over 15 months, it became the rule. In the small hours, it was actually comforting to know that there was somebody else out there grappling with the same nightmare that we were.“

Peter Jackson on Viggo Mortensen

l-o-t-r: “He certainly shares my passion, as…

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“He certainly shares my passion, as indeed we all did. The whole cast and the whole crew had such a dedication to this work, I’ve never experienced anything like it. And Peter knew exactly what he wanted and how to get it. I’ve very seldom met a director who was so absolutely convinced about what should, or should not appear on the screen. He always seemed to know exactly what he wanted and he wasn’t going to let a shot go until he got it exactly as he wanted. Sometimes this meant a lot of takes. But it could be the pace of the scene, it could be the inflection of the dialogue, it could be many things. Peter’s intuition is extraordinary, in terms of how to deliver dialogue and how to play the scene. When he finally got the shot and said, “right, let’s print it,” you knew that was as good as it was ever going to be, which is very encouraging. A good director is someone who cares about what the end result is going to be, and Peter Jackson is certainly a director who cares. So what was on the printed page is what I did. And if Peter Jackson wanted to change any of it, I did so. If he wanted a different interpretation or a different meaning or a certain emphasis given to a line, or a phrase, or even a word, I did it. To me, he always seemed to be right.”

Christopher Lee on working w/ Peter Jackson

l-o-t-r: “Hobbits are very positive people,…

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“Hobbits are very positive people, and that’s how we behaved on set. We tried to bring people up and make them feel good, because that’s what hobbits are like. It was an incredible experience. It just changed all of us. It was like being in The Beatles, you know.”

Dominic Monaghan

l-o-t-r: “Quite simply it is love. It is the…

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“Quite simply it is love. It is the unconditional love that says, regardless of what you do or where you go, I will always be there for you.”

Elijah Wood on Frodo’s relationship with Sam

l-o-t-r: Behind the Scenes: Liv Tyler must kis…

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Behind the Scenes: Liv Tyler must kiss the REAL Viggo Mortensen

l-o-t-r: “Those remarkable, God-given, eyes! …

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“Those remarkable, God-given, eyes! That glorious, good-natured personality! Elijah’s Frodo is a dazzling light in the doom and gloom of war and despair.” 

Ian Holm

l-o-t-r: “I remember the first time I met Do…

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“I remember the first time I met Dom, I was getting a wardrobe fitting and he came in. I hugged him immediately. I’d never met him before! So that was kind of a linking force for all of us really quickly. We knew it would be something we’d never experienced.”

Elijah Wood on meeting Dominic Monaghan for the first time

l-o-t-r: “In creating Frodo, Tolkien may wel…

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“In creating Frodo, Tolkien may well have been thinking back to the First World War and the lads who went on a terrible journey from which many never returned. Elijah reminds me of those statues of idealized young men on war-memorials throughout the world: more sublime than human and with a complexion of molten marble. He is simply terrific…”

Ian McKellen

l-o-t-r: Hugo Weaving and Barrie Osborne on …

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Hugo Weaving and Barrie Osborne on Elrond’s hair at the coronation