The LOTR Movie Site
May 16, 2000
Size of Orcs
I've heard some wondering about how big the orcs will
be....it appeared from some of the requests for extras that the orcs would be bigger than
they were in the book.
Here's a quote from TheOneRing.net, from an extra who wen to auditions:
"The ad in the Matamata Chronicle
said "Official Lord of the Rings extras casting call," and said that they were
looking for men and women under 58" in height. Filming to
begin later this year, some of it in Hinuera, which is where the Hobbiton set is being
built, not far from Matamata....
[much later]...Eventually it was our turn to be
measured and have our photo taken, and then it was all over. Afterwards some people said
they could see that on their application form theyd been marked down for some
particular type, orc or hobbit....
[later still]...We hung round and saw a woman
don a rubber head and shoulders mask and wave some sort of club or sword around for the
benefit of the photographer. (She looked very competent and was rumoured to be someone in
the Hamilton Sword and Shield club, or the Society for Creative Anachronism.) The
onlookers argued about whether it was a Gollum-mask or an orc-mask. Ive got no
opinion, it could have been a Halloween mask from The Warehouse for all I knew. Nasty
sallow snubnosed thing it was, but presumably such things are painted later. We werent
asked to try on a mask. My guess is that if they asked you if you were claustrophobic, bad
luck, youve been picked for an orc and can look forward to spending more time than
youd like encased in a hideous rubber mask, and none of your friends and family will
recognise you in the movie. You hope. "
So, that seems promising. The orcs will
hardly tower over the men of Gondor.