The Lord of the Rings cast and crew filmed through some exceptional circumstances throughout New Zealand. The trilogy of films - made up of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King - were made up of countless scenes with various props, cameras and actors. One of the final moments in the entire experience was ruined, however, by excessive emotions, and Samwise Gamgee star Sean Astin.
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Merry and Pippin stars Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd spoke out on their podcast, Friendship Onion, about this most difficult scene – the Grey Havens scene.
During this moment, Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) and Bilbo Baggins (Sir Ian Holm) accompanied Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellan), Elrond (Hugo Weaving) and Galadriel (Cate Blanchett) to Valinor to live out their final days.
This was an emotional scene for both the hobbits and the actors, as it marked their final moments in the epic fantasy series.
Monaghan recalled: “Well, we had to do it three times!”
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Boyd revealed: “For those of you who don’t know why we did it three times… Sean Astin [who plays Samwise] was wearing the wrong costume.
“After lunch, he took off his vest to eat lunch. When he came back he forgot to put the vest on, so for continuity, it was ruined.”
This wasn’t the only mishap that ruined the scene, however – but the next error was not Astin’s fault.
He went on: “We came back another day and filmed it again, and the film got destroyed in the factory where it gets processed.”
Boyd said: “So we had to then do it again another day! That’s why we had to do it three times.”
Monaghan added that the third version of the scene, which is present in the film, was nowhere near as good as the first time he shot it.
He said: “If you were to ask all four of us: ‘Pick a scene you can guarantee you only have to do once and not go back to,’ we probably would have said Grey Havens, just cause we were all there weeping like children.
“So, doing it three times, I definitely think that the third version that I did, the one that’s in the film, is probably not quite as hysterical in terms of the state that I’m in as the first one, or possibly even the second one. So, that was tough.”
The touching scene was so special, Monaghan went on, because “you don’t often get asked to do that as actors and all four of you are standing there very vulnerable doing it three times … It’s pretty costing”.
Fans of JRR Tolkien have been sent into a fervour this week as the first details of Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV show have been revealed.
Amazon yesterday revealed the TV series will debut on Friday September 2, 2022.
The announcement came with the first photo of the series.
The image shows a cape human staring at a white city across a field while being bathed in sunlight.
While not a lot of information has been given about the characters, plot or style of the series, it does at least confirm the series is finishing its production.
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