June 19, 2001
New Response to RingGirl
I've never been to this site before, but I have to admit that
the comments regarding casting/direction/specialFX by Ring-Girl had me wanting to vomit. I
also prefer to have intellectual debates about the things I'm interested in, but I simply
HAD to respond to the rubbish I have just read and leave the intellectuality of it all to
someone else. (And Leonides, I have to say that even though you were cruel, I can
understand your contempt for such thoughtless mainstream stupidity).
"While hobbits may have been described by Tolkien as being perfectly proportioned
little people half the size of humans, I'm sure he did not mean their heads were only half
the size of human heads as well! This frame looks very odd to me in the trailer, and
makes." - Ring Girl
What makes you SO SURE that Tolkien would want tiny little people with HUGE heads and
hands? Have you ever seen any of Tolkien's drawings of Hobbits? Or read any of his
descriptions of them? If you had, then you would realise that the casting for the films is
quite true to his vision. Now, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but most people seem
to agree on this - and I would go with Tolkien's vision of a hobbit over your "weirdo
hands and head" version anyday.
"P.J is obviously wanting star appeal before anything else..." Ring Girl
What can I say?! Your tone sounds sooo mainstream and uninformed! (Not to mention
condescending to someone who is undertaking a project bigger than anything most of us can
envision.) I think it is probably YOU who would go for star appeal before anything else!
It is true what Leonides said - the cast is generally not that well-known in terms of STAR
APPEAL. Definitely most of them are respected AS ACTORS, but when was the last time you
saw Orlando Bloom or John Rhys Davies pulling a crowded mob of psychotic teenagers towards
a cinema? NEVER! And yet the only alternative you offer for Viggo is the WILDLY FAMOUS
STAR ... Liam Neeson???? Huh???? The STAR WARS dude!!!! Now there's a movie who's cast
seems suspiciously to have been placed purely for STAR APPEAL! (What a crap movie I
thought Phantom Menace was anyway....but I'll get back to the real topic).
PLUS - you carry on about Viggo being cast badly as Aragorn, because he's (wait for it)
too young!!! Get your facts straight. The guy's around 40 years old! I'm sorry but to me
that means that even though he's cute and whatever, he's definitely pushing it towards the
Sean Connery end of the cute-scale - again, not what you'd call classic STAR APPEAL! (no
offense Sean, I hope you get my point)
Everything else Leonides said in his reply, (and I probably just said the same things as
him anyway but with different words).
But there was one thing you said, Ring-Girl, that I completely agree with:
"...who am I to say anything about it?" - Ring Girl
Yes, who are you to say anything about it!