One orc among so many 'others in the The Lord of the Rings movies were designed to sound like Harvey Weinstein as "somehow fuck you " to notorious producer, Elijah Wood, who played the hobbit Frodo in the series, a Hollywood podcast said.
" It's funny ", Wood recounted the podcast of actor Dax Shepard, Chair Expert . "This was brought up recently because Dom [Monaghan] and Bill [Boyd, who played hobbits Merry and Pippin]… were chatting with Sean Astin [Samwise] about his earliest memory of being in New Zealand [where the show was filmed].
"He had seen those orc masks. And one of the orc masks - and I remember it very well - was made to look like Harvey Weinstein like some kind of fuck you.
"I think that 's good to 'talk about it now "clarified Wood. “The guy's in jail, damn. Fuck him. "
In the first major case of the #MeToo era, in which women spoke out against abuses by powerful men, Weinstein has faced numerous charges of sexual assault. Convicted of rape in February 2020 and sentenced to 23 years in prison , he faces further charges in California, to which he has pleaded not guilty .
Wood said director Peter Jackson made the decision to model an orc on Weinstein after havinghad difficulty with him on his way to making the Lord of the Rings films.
According to Wood, Jackson began developing the films at Miramax , which Weinstein co-founded with his brother. Jackson wanted to make at least two films to adapt the JRR Tolkein novels, but Weinstein asked the director to adapt all three books into one film.
Weinstein also threatened to replace Jackson with Quentin Tarantino or John Madden, director of Shakespeare in Love, Wood said.
When Jackson asked Weinstein for permission to find another producer, said Wood, Weinstein agreed but only gave him a weekend to do so and asked any producer to work on all or none of the movies.
"The time window was crazy," Wood said. "They bought it in town. Peter made a pretty impressive pitch videossionnante, taken to
Wood said that Weinstein was okay with producing at least two films but capped the budget at $ 75 million, a move he hid from Jackson. The team Jackson as a way to generate interest from other studios and the project was taken over by Bob Shaye, founder of New Line Cinema, who agreed to make three films.
"I think the tradition is that they came with two and it was Bob Shaye who said: " We have to make three ", which is insane, "said Wood. "Incredible risk. Miramax thought there was no chance in hell. "
The trilogy made $ 2.92 billion at the box office and is now considered one of the greatest film series ever made .