Sat. Oct 1st, 2022

One zoom to rule them all

For the first time in a long time, every actor who is a member of Under the spell of the RingFellowship reunited (along with other former cast members) to discuss their memories of shooting the hugely popular 2000s movies, do line readings, and crack jokes. The 50-minute reunion was posted on YouTube yesterday.

It’s part of a series hosted by actor Josh Gad, each episode of which is a reunion via Zoom meeting to raise money for a charity working on some aspect of COVID-19 relief. At the time of writing, this particular video has raised just over $83,000 for No Kid Hungry.

Much of the Zoom chat is staged and heavily edited, but there are some good moments and interesting insights to be found for fans of the movie trilogy.

Some of it reinterprets things that devoted fans already knew, for example that Viggo Mortensen joined the cast as Aragorn after production had already started. (A younger Irish actor named Stuart Townsend was originally cast, but he “didn’t make it,” according to director Peter Jackson.) But even those who’ve watched all the behind-the-scenes videos on the DVD releases and the like will likely find a few new ones. learn things.

As cast members joined in one at a time via Zoom dial-up, Gad asked questions about casting, behind-the-scenes stories, Tolkien’s writing process and adaptation, and more. The conversation starts at about 25 minutes and revolves mainly around cast members reading famous scenes from the movies together.

Moments later, composer Howard Shore joins in to briefly discuss his work on the films, and New Zealand film director Taika Waititi calls in to ask Lord of the Rings trivia questions. The conversation ended with Gad asking each cast member what the… Lord of the Rings means to them and with Pippin actor Billy Boyd singing his character’s song from The Return of the King

The video is clearly intended as an opportunity to soak up some positivity during difficult times, and it’s worth watching for hardcore fans of the franchise. Since it’s so long, here are some highlights timestamps that we appreciated:

  • 6:20: Ian McKellan comes in with a smashing performance
  • 9:10: What it was like adapting Tolkien as a writer
  • 10:40: How Viggo Mortensen was cast during a crisis with the studio
  • 14:40: Andy Serkis shares stories about playing Gollum/Smeagol
  • 7:50 PM: Sean Astin talks about playing Golden Eye with Sean Bean, who is in the movie Golden Eye
  • 24:20: Karl Urban discusses his first day on the Helm’s Deep set
  • 25:00: The cast begins to recite scenes from the film; Sir Ian McKellan discusses his first and last scenes shot on set
  • 25:47: Several cast members wear props they’ve kept over the years of the shoot
  • 31:10: The cast talks about how hard it was to learn Elvish
  • 32:48: Everything related to Boromir’s Mordor meme
  • 37:40: Howard Shore and Peter Jackson discuss Shore’s work to score the films
  • 39:50: Taika Waititi asks questions
  • 42:55: The cast shares some Under the spell of the Ring means to each of them
  • 46:20: Billy Boyd sings Pippin’s song The Return of the King

List image by Josh Gad

By akfire1

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