The LOTR Movie Site
May 1, 2000

Regarding Orcs
Andrew G.

I noticed in the recent E! Online article that many of the Orc extras were chosen from the New Zealand Army Reserve because of their imposing physique. This suggests to me that they were chosen because they are tall. However most of the Orcs in LOTR are much shorter than man-height, and even the biggest were said to be almost man-height. So how are the film-makers going to deal with this?

Are they going to use the size adjustment technology like they are for the other characters in the film (which would be a major undertaking with so many extras) or are they just going to ignore what's in the books? Not a major point but just something I noticed.