July 8, 2000
With so much massive backstory to work with, it's no surprise
that the Lord of the Rings films boast some of the most meticulous attention to details
yet seen in a fantasy film. Jackson and his crew seem hell-bent on nailing every specific
detail of the production, from the inscriptions on character costumes to every single link
in the chain mail armor.
"I saw the armor section, which is just one great big warehouse," actor Brad
Dourif explained during his Dragon Con panel last weekend. "All they're doing in this
great big warehouse is designing and building armor. There's a guy who's been there for
three-and-a-half years, and they only started shooting a month ago, but his entire job is
putting little chain mail links together. That's what he's been doing."
"When I'm on the set for the Lord of the Rings and I'm just about to do a take, I
close my eyes, and I open them. Suddenly, there's just all this incredible detail in front
of me," added actor Karl Urban. "It's really hard not to be carried away; it's
really hard not to believe it. I think one of the things Peter is so meticulous about is
the reality of what he's trying to do, the human side and the interaction between the
characters. It's not a cartoon he's making."