The series that altogether raised the level of fantasy films faced plenty of challenges. From on-set injuries to hair-scratching script problems, the cast and crew handled it all. You can gaze at the movie and read the book tons of times and still not become irked by the three epic adventures. Therefore, to keep you a little further engrossed in this web of ‘Lord of the Rings, here are a few facts about it that not masses know:
The Casting of Aragorn
One of the most preferred characters faced tons of complications in picking up the perfect man to play the part. Viggo Mortensen is genuinely the only Aragorn for us now. But, before him, the director, Peter Jackson, did a proficient deal of running to contract with the picture-perfect man. Jackson first approached Nicholas Cage, who turned it down due to some family obligations. Shortly, an Irish Actor named Stuart Townsend was closed for the role but was fired just the day before the filming began (he did rehearse and train for two months). Finally, to soothe all eyes, Viggo Mortensen agreed to play the role after his son, Henry, urged him to.
Sean Connery Could Have Been a Part Of This Series
Yes, you read it right. The actor who has played several iconic characters and had an award-winning career turned down the role of our beloved Gandalf. Eventually, Ian McKellen played the surface, which came out to be quite seminal. Moreover, Sean Connery was offered a $10 million per film salary and also 15% of the box office earnings from all three movies. It is verbalized that he refused the proposition due to a lack of understanding for the same. In one of the interviews, he expressed that he read the book and script and watched the movie but failed to understand it.
Viggo Mortensen And His Injury
We are thoroughly aware of the injuries that the entire cast had been through during the scenes’ filming. But Mortensen was always on an extra level. During one of the scenes, Viggo had broken two of his toes. Consequently, any actor (or person) would squeal at that exact moment, but he was exceptional and turned it into a breathtaking performance. Also, there was a fighting sequence where Viggo knocked out half of his tooth and insisted on applying superglue to fix it and let the scene proceed.
The Flood Destroyed The Action Scene
Action scenes are the heart of the movie. The ending of ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ originally had an action scene on the Anduin river. In this scene, the boats would flip over, and it would buck and toss in the river. Unfortunately, Jackson stated that Mother nature’s idea destroyed their idea. In addition to a massive flood, a state of emergency was also called upon, and the entire set was washed down in the river.
Bill Was a ‘Panto Pony’
Foremostly, Panto Pony is just another expensive word for two people who stepped into a pony suit to become Bill, the pony. The director had described how problematic it was to procure a live animal to perform the scene. Therefore, after struggling terribly in vain to shoot the scene in such a swampy area, the production team was left with no choice. As you can fairly imagine how hysterical it would have been for everyone on set. The surrounding also led the impersonators of Bill to manage some unwanted horsing. In the end, let’s be honest that all of this feels like an ‘ooof’ moment. To craft such a mind-blowing masterpiece, these and scores of other scenarios had ought to be there. After you witness the people’s enthusiasm over it, all the breakdowns might seem worth it for the movie’s people.