||[13 Aug 2004|07:48pm]
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Then twenty-six year old Stuart Townsend was set to play Aragorn, but was let go after the six weeks of training and rehearsal and one day into filming because director Peter Jackson felt the character should be played by someone older. He was replaced by forty-one year old Viggo Mortensen
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The (2001), Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The (2002), and Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003) were filmed simultaneously.
Scenes were re-shot with the Witch King because his helmet was too similar to Sauron's in The Fellowship Of The Ring and Peter Jackson was concerned that audiences would confuse the two.
Peter Jackson's children appear twice in the film: in Gondor, when the horsemen leave the city, and in Sam's wedding.
Director Cameo: [Peter Jackson] One of the mercenaries on the boats headed for Minas Tirtith.
Cameo: [Christian Rivers] Art Director and Storyboard Artist, appears as one of the Gondorian soldiers watching the beacon in Minas Tirith.
Additional scenes were filmed in New Zealand in 2003, in much the same way as new sequences were shot for Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The (2002) prior to that film's release.
Sean Astin's daughter, Alexandra Astin, plays Sam Gamgee's daughter, Elanor. 'Sarah McLeod' 's daughter, Maisie McLeod-Riera, plays Sam and Rosie's son Frodo.
While filming the trilogy, Viggo Mortensen got so into character that during a conversation, Peter Jackson referred to him as "Aragorn" for over half an hour without him realizing it
The battle scenes, which reportedly contain over 200,000 digital participants, are so huge that an extra room had to be built onto Weta Digital's effects facility to house all the computer equipment needed to render the scenes.
Viggo Mortensen estimates that, during the course of filming the entire trilogy and including all takes, he killed every stuntman on the production at least fifty times.
Cameo: [Royd Tolkien] (the author's great-grandson) as a Gondorian Ranger.
Andy Serkis and Elijah Wood were given prop rings used in the movie by director Peter Jackson. They each thought they got the only one.
The film was originally going to end with a voice-over epilogue by Cate Blanchett's character, Galadriel, detailing the fate of the fellowship of the ring after the events of the movie.
The opening scene which tells the origin of Gollum was originally shot for The Two Towers, to be shown after Gollum remembers his real name (Smeagol) for the first time.
Facts and numbers about the trilogy: 3 million feet of film shot during production; 48,000 swords, axes, shields, and other weaponry used; 20,602 background actors cast; 15,000 costumes made by the wardrobe department; 10,000 crowd participants at New Zealand cricket game who made orc army grunts; 2,400 behind-the-scenes crew members at height of production; 1,600 pairs or prosthetic hobbit feet created; 250 horses used in one scene; 180 computer special-effects artists employed; 114 total speaking roles; 100 real locations in New Zealand used for backdrops; 42 tailors, cobblers, designers and others in wardrobe department; 30 actors trained to speak fictional dialects and languages; 7 total years of development for all three movies.
The film was shipped to theatres under the name "Till Death For Glory".
Theoden touching the spears of his soldiers before they charge into battle was Bernard Hill's idea.
For the scene where Merry and Pippin are smoking their pipes at Isengard, Dominic Monaghan (Merry) had to drink a glass of milk beforehand to keep himself from throwing up while smoking the pipe.
Broke the international box office record for an opening weekend, bringing in nearly $250 million.
Billy Boyd (Pippin) sang and composed the tune for the song in Denethor's hall (Tolkien wrote the lyric).
Andy Serkis' first scene was on top of Mount Doom near the Cracks of Doom. His last scene was the scene were Gollum and Frodo are fighting and fall off the ledge.
Gollum is missing his left ear lobe. This is due to an air trap in the casting that was made for Peter Jackson's approval of the figure. When looking at the casting, the design team concluded that it should stay that way since it looked like a battle wound that might have occurred during Gollum's past adventures.
The last spoken line of the movie - "Well, I'm back." - is also the last line of the book.
'John Rhys-Davis' (Gimli) originally auditioned for the role of Denethor
The closing credits run for 9 minutes and 33 seconds and the images are pre-production sketches, shown in reverse order to the order that they first appear in the trilogy. The final sketch, in the center of the screen, is the front door of Bag End.
The Minas Tirith set was built on the same site as Helm's Deep, after the Helm's Deep scenes had been shot and the set completely torn down.
Peter Jackson is arachnophobic.
Dominic Monaghan was allergic to the elven cloaks the Fellowship wore. Before scenes were shot, Peter Jackson used to joke around and say "Are we ready to go? Does Dom have his cape on?"
The confrontation between Saruman and Gandalf from the second book was filmed but was not included in the final cut for reasons of length and pacing. The scene will be included on the DVD.
To create realistic galloping horses for the largely CGI horseback army, they took some footage of a horse in a motion-capture suit.
The live-action Rohan army is made up of several hundred New Zealander extras, who responded to an open casting call for anyone who could ride a horse.
When Frodo is writing the book, the top of the page notes that Sam was elected Mayor of Hobbiton.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy became the most nominated film series in Academy Award history with 30 nominations, surpassing both the Godfather trilogy (28) and the Star Wars franchise (21).
The movie marks the first time in history that the third movie in a trilogy has been nominated for Best Picture, by the Academy Awards and Golden Globes, even after the first two failed to win.
The deformed orc leader Gothmog is based on the alien leader from Peter Jackson's earlier movie Bad Taste (1987).
Ian McKellen's first day of shooting on the trilogy was Gandalf's first scene, arriving in Hobbiton. His second day of shooting was Gandalf's final scene of the film, at the Gray Havens.
In the scene where the Hobbits return to Hobbiton, three of the hobbits had slight problems during the shoot. Elijah Wood had a hard time controlling his pony, Sean Astin was allergic to the ponies, and Dominic Monaghan was in a really bad mood because of technical aspects revolving around the scene. Billy Boyd was "in stitches" during the shoot