|The New York Observer
October 17, 2001
Hollywood's Efforts to
Mr. Shaye used the opportunity to plug New Lines upcoming $300 million Lord of the Rings trilogy. I just received a note that said, What the world needs now is Hobbits! he claimed.
Mr. Shaye then explained what was political about a series of movies featuring actors with pointy ears and characters with phallic names like Bilbo. Mr. Shaye said he was "fascinated to learn" that some readers consider the sought-after ring in J.R.R. Tolkiens 1950s trilogy to represent the quest to harness nuclear power during World War II. Thus, he explained, New Line had made a movie that incorporated politics, but by setting the pictures in Middle Earth, those politics had been made "palatable."