- Sean Connery turned down the role of Gandalf, because he had never read the books and “didn’t understand the script;” even though he was offered up to 15% of the film’s total box office receipts, which would have been about $400 million (more than any other actor has ever been paid for a single role).
- J. R. R. Tolkien (author of the book) typed all 1,200 pages of The Lord of the Rings with two fingers.
Christopher Lee as Saruman
- Sean Astin's character, Samwise Gamgee’s daughter in The Return of the King is played by his real-life daughter, Alexandra.
- In The Fellowship of the Ring, Gandalf’s standoff scene with the Balrog, was actually Ian McKellen acting to a ping pong ball.
- Christopher Lee, the actor who plays Saruman, is the only cast member to have met Tolkien, whom he met him by chance at a bar in Oxford.
- Tolkien believed Sam was the “chief hero” of the story, (him and everyone else who saw the movie!)
Samwise Gamgee & Daughter
- The Nazgul’s screeches were made by sound technicians scraping plastic cups together.
- Ian McKellen and Elijah Wood never actually filmed a scene together in person.
- Andy Serkis said he based Gollum’s desperation and cravings on the withdrawal of heroin addicts.
- In The Two Towers, The Battle of Helm’s Deep (The Battle of the Hornburg) took four months to shoot, all of it at night.
- The Return of the King holds the record for highest movie body count, tallying in at 836 (excluding animals).
- Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) bonded with the two horses that he rode in Lord of the Rings, so he purchased them from their owner.
- The length of time from when Frodo first gets the ring to when he actually sets out on his adventure is 17 years, not a few weeks like the movie makes it seem.
- Daniel Day-Lewis turned down the role of Aragorn.
- It is estimated that filming of the trilogy pumped about $200,000,000 into the New Zealand economy. The New Zealand government even created a Minister for Lord of the Rings.
J. R. R. Tolkien
- Peter Jackson’s two children, billy and kate, are in every film in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy
- Viggo Mortensen’s son, Henry appeared in the movie, as the first orc that Aragorn kills at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields in ‘The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King’ was played by Mortensen Jr.
Hope you enjoyed it.
I'll be doing more of this with other classics.