Actor Sean Astin remembers some moments from the filming of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and how director Peter Jackson works.
The Lord of the Rings (2001 – 2002 – 2003) is one of the best trilogies in the history of cinema. It has action, adventure, fantasy, and perfectly recreates the world created by JRR Tolkien. Much of his success is due to Peter Jackson who used all his talent and energy to do something so great, which until that moment seemed practically impossible.
Now the actor Sean Astin who played Samsagaz Gamyi, comments on how Peter Jackson worked during the filming of The Lord of the Rings.
“The most painful thing Peter Jackson ever said to me… You know he’s a man of few words. He’s a very, very stoic guy. You can be performative when you want or need. He can represent things and is very eloquent and so forth. But on a day-to-day basis, Peter Jackson is basically a quiet guy. Somehow he lets work do the talking, and his direction was always minimal. For the most part, his direction would be: Let’s do it again ”. But the director from time to time showed his character.
Actor Sean Astin recalls an awkward moment on the Lord of the Rings set when Peter Jackson had to break away from his quiet directing methods to address an issue with him, as the performer was not fully involved in the scene.
“Peter Jackson came up to me at one point during filming The Lord of the Rings and looked at me and said, ‘I just don’t believe that. OMG, it was like a death blow in Mortal Kombat. It was as if I had pulled my hair from my body and my spine came out… But he was right. I was out of character, I was in a bad mood, I was out of… I just wasn’t there. ”
“It was brutal. And he didn’t want it to be brutal. It wasn’t meant to be brutal, but it was a perfect direction. And he was absolutely right. And it made me better. It made me concentrate more ”.
Peter Jackson and his quiet method achieved an incredible feat in film history by adapting The Lord of the Rings so well.