March 13, 2000Ciwi
Csokas to Play Opposite Blanchett
It's not the biggest role in Lord of the Rings, but in
winning the part of Cate Blanchett's screen husband, former Shortland Street star Marton
Csokas is about to become the envy of men all over the world.
Csokas, a former television music presenter and the awkward
Dr Leonard Dodds on Shortland Street, is understood to have spent the past couple of years
stage acting in Australia.
Lord of the Rings spokeswoman Claire Raskind said yesterday
that he had been chosen to play Celeborn, King of the Elves -- the husband of Galadriel,
who is to be played by Blanchett.
New Zealand-born of Hungarian blood, Csokas graduated from
the New Zealand drama school in 1989. His television work has also included Shark in the
Park and Roger Hall's comedy Neighbourhood Watch.
Csokas is one of the few New Zealanders to have scored
important roles in the Rings saga. Another Shortland Street star, Craig Parker, has
finished filming for a smaller part.
Blanchett is not expected to arrive in Wellington for another
couple of months. She won a Golden Globe for best actress playing the title role in
Elizabeth and stars in The Talented Mr Ripley, now showing in Wellington.
Ms Raskind also confirmed yesterday the arrival in New
Zealand of Australian actors Hugo Weaving, who will play the Elven Lord, Elrond, and
Mirando Otto, who will be Eowyn, the warrior of the golden-haired horsepeople, the