The LOTR Movie Site
May 23, 2000
My Thoughts on Casting
First of all, my thoughts on casting:
Frodo: Perfectly cast. Young Elijah has the experience and (for those who care) the
star-power. Sure, the hobbit is 50 when he begins his quest, but the ring came into
his posession when he was 33, just out of his tweens. And if he were human, he would look
to be about 20. Therefore, casting Frodo as a middle-aged actor would not do at all,
since he will not have appeared to age as the years progress after the party. One of my
favorite scenes of the teaser is when Frodo, wild-eyed and terrified, stands watching the
black riders coming to take him to Mordor.
Samwise: Again, wonderfully cast. Sean Astin has that stout, determined quality in many of
his films, and I can easily see him wrestling gollum, or standing up to Strider in Bree.
Merry: I've seen him in 'Hetty Wainthropp Investigates,' and he appears to be a good
actor.. other than that, he has a hobbitish look.
Pippin: He definitely looks like Peregrin Took. Again, I can't really say, but I like the
Legolas: I'm not too sure about Orlando Bloom. I'm not worried about the acting, I'll
trust to Jackson that he chose wisely, but I don't think he looks much like an elf. His
body does, but he doesn't have that elven-wise, fair, enlightened face. He looks more like
a warrior of Rohan to me in the teaser.
Gimli: YES!!! John-Rhys Davies is who I wanted to begin with! Bravo Peter Jackson:o) Have
you ever seen him in Shogun? If you haven't, you must rent it, he gives many displays of
how I'd imagine Gimli will act.
Boromir: I've never seen him act, but from that close-up in the teaser, I'm eagerly
awaiting my first chance. I can see the lust in his eyes for that ring, and he's not even
Aragorn: I've seen Mortensen act in several movies, and in all of them, he *is* his
character. Moreover, I read an article from 'E-Online,' where he says that "He can
survive in nature, live from it, read its signs and live happily, not needing anyone, not
relying on anything but his own knowledge and discoveries. There's a humility in
that way of life I really admire. But he has to come into his birthright as a prince and
take on more responsibility. He's not certain where it will lead him." Need I say
Gandalf: I just rented 'Gods and Monsters.' If you've not seen it, rent it.. they were
idiots not to give him an Academy Award for that performance. I've no doubt he can tackle
the role of Gandalf, and then some. Plus, he's got those piercing blue eyes that are
perfect for the character's wisdom.
Arwen: Poor Liv Tyler. Can't you people cut her a break? Who she is and what she says in
real life should have no effect whatsoever on her character. She's an actress, and Arwen
is a far cry from Fae(Fay?) on 'That Thing You Do.' She's beautiful, she's got that look
of elven-wisdom in her face, and she has plenty of experience acting.
Ah, yes, now for Peter Jackson's idea of the character changes. The only changes I wholly
oppose are the absence of the Old Forest/Bombadil and the presence of Elves at Helm's
Deep. Not only does Bombadil help the hobbits through the old forest into Bree(which could
be edited, yes), his name is brought up several times at the Council. I think it would be
a shame to for audiences to lose him, though some may think of him as a musical nuicance.
He's vital to Middle-earth. And the Elves should not be at Helm's deep. If they were, the
Last alliance would be the second-to-last alliance between Elves and Men. It greatly
alters the history of middle-earth.
Elfstone and Evenstar. I like the idea of the romance. I also like that Jackson is going
to show some scenes from the appendix 'Of Aragorn and Arwen.' Perhaps he'll even add a
scene or two when they are in Rivendell, or a meeting with an embrace and romantic words
spoken. I don't think Tolkien would oppose bringing the romance out.. in fact, I think he
tried to make up for the absence of it in the appendix. Seeing how the audience cannot
reach out and flip the screen to the back of the movie, I don't see why it's such a
terrible thing. I'm even okay with the replacement of Glorfindel. If they're doing it to
Tom, I don't see why cutting Glorfindel would be a big deal.. sure, I'll miss him, but his
part could be played by Arwen as well. And she would not do any fighting, she simply
reveals herself and her lineage to the black riders, and they flee in terror. The toes of
the white Lady of Rohan would not be stepped upon.
Speaking of Eowyn, the Arwen/Aragorn romance would not make the romance of Faramir/Eowyn
any less spectacular. The audence is simply clued into it, as probably would not be if the
changes were not made. Eowyn is a sheild-maiden. Arwen is not. Sure, she'll blow the horn
at Helm's deep, and perhaps she'll draw her blade once or twice. But has Peter Jackson
said she'll ride out into battle, crying 'LUTHIEN!'? Nay. I'd imagine she will defend
herself, but she wants to be at Aragorn's side, I suppose. Or maybe he's not even aware
she is there. Or maybe she rode in with her brothers, since all the elves will evidently
be there, and did not want to be left behind. I'm not exactly pleased with the idea, but
it's not the end of Middle-Earth, as most would make it out to be.
Agree? Disagree? Do I have horrible inaccuracies? Let me know. firstname.lastname@example.org