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She-elf in Love

Fotogramas Magazine, December 2002, Scans and translation by Diana



IN THE SECOND LOtr MOVIE, THE DAUGHTER OF ROCK'N'ROLL STAR STEVEN TYLER, 25, HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP HER CHARACTER, THE ELF ARWEN. SINCE BERNARDO BERtrOLUCCI'S STEALING BEAUTY (1996), LIV TYLER HAS GRACED THE CINEMA AND HAS WORKED WITH THE MOST FAMOUS MOVIE-MAKERS OF AMERICA.

In The Two Towers Arwen has to choose between her people and the man she loves, Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), for whom she would lose her immortality.
Yes, but she's not so much afraid to lose immortality as she is to lose her father, Elrond (Hugo Weaving). She has to choose between her father and her people and Aragorn, not an easy choice.

LOtr world is essentially masculine. Almost all the women in it are passive characters, almost phantoms.
It's been written by Tolkien in the previous century, and it reflects his perspective. But it is interesting: I think he was afraid of women because his female characters do not have much depth. Nevertheless, the story between Aragorn and Arwen is the most important in the appendices. I don't have any idea why he didn't incorporate it into the book, but the scriptwriters where two women who had so much interest in making it an important part in the script.

All your dialogs are in Elvish, the elves tongue. How was it to learn a language that does not exist ? [note: the Elvish does exist, and can be spoken. Indeed, there are people who speak it and scholars who are studying it].
By repeating it a 1000 times. I had a teacher who was checking my accent and the right pronunciation, and almost every day I would listen to cassettes with the dialogs to repeat them until I memorized them. At the end, I was thinking about my dialog in English while I was saying it in Elvish.

What did you feel kissing Viggo Mortensen ?
Nothing. We never touched each other's lips because of his beard, that doesn't let any real contact to be made. He had a beard that could protect from kisses, and that's good because I'm going to marry soon.

You've never been asked to prepare for the role, or to make any audition, in contrary with the other actors.
That's true. They gave me the role without any auditions. I didn't even meet Peter (Jackson). He called me, sent me the script, and since I was a big fan of his work as a director in Heavenly Creatures and Bad Taste I said 'Yes' immediately. At that moment I hadn't read the book and knew nothing about LOtr. For me, it was the book that the kids use to talk about when I was in school.

What did you think about the script ?
The first time I read it - it was difficult, because it doesn't contain the descriptions that are in the book, and it was difficult to imagine the world. After I read the book I understood what Peter was looking for. Besides, during the shooting I was surrounded by Tolkien experts who helped me to understand this world and my character.

In your filmography there are great directors, as Bernardo Bertrolucci (Stealing Beauty) and Robert Altman (Cookie's Fortune & The Dr. T and Women), and also some big projects as Armaggedon, by Michael Bay. Do you prefer Hollywood's cinema or the more personal style of an author ?
I do not have prejudice over the kind of the film. In fact, I do not think that the independent cinema really exists, because I believe Hollywood is behind that as well. Nowadays I'm shooting Jersey girl, directed by Kevin Smith, because I liked the project. I read 5 scripts this week and I am trying to imagine if I would like to be in the character's skin. The one who attracts me is the one I choose.

How did you react to the praise LOtr got by the public and by the critics ?
Indeed, I didn't realized how big it was going to be until the movie was released to the theaters. When I saw the big praise it got - I felt that all the work, emotional and physical, we did for the movie was recognized. It has been a phenomenal sensation to work with Peter. No one in the crew was arrogant, everyone wanted to do their best and there were never ego problems, and I think it shows in the final product.

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