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Ring of Authenticity

The Metro, December 2003. Transcript by Bebe


With the final part of Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Return of the King, out on Wednesday, I met the cast and crew to find out their thoughts as the quest comes to an end. After four and a half years of filming, how did they feel about living without such a huge project and what were their best mamories of the experience? Here is what they told me.

MEMORIES OF NEW ZEALAND
I had an incredible time in Wanaka on the South island. It was gorgeous and we were all sitting outside. The next day we woke up and the whole town was flooded-the worst flood in 100 years. Guys were swimming down the main street in wetsuits and we ended up going to the local pub for three days.

WHAT'S ON YOUR BLOOPER TAPE ?
The first half is lots of shots of me crying to the tune of Total Eclipse of the Heart. Shall I sing it to you ? "turn around bright eyes." I'm just crying all the time. The second half is me on a horse where you can see I'm almost falling off with nausea. Lots of messing up elf words and lots of cursing. I can't believe I swear so much.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU GOT TO KEEP ?
One of my dresses but I never wear it -no, not even on special occasions.It's three layers of velvet.

FANS AND CONVENTIONS
I've never been to one. I don't fancy standing around in costume all day.

WHAT'S THE TACKIEST LORD OF THE RINGS MERCHANDISE ?
What I've seen is pretty tasteful. I love the one of Legolas where he takes out his dagger and stabs away. I have some Arwen models in the attic for safekeeping.

DANGERS ON SET
Cate [Blanchett], Miranda [Otto] and I were the main women on set - except for the ones in false beards pretending to be soldiers-so we got lots of hugs, kisses and the occasional slap on the ass. But don't worry, I slapped a few asses back.

FONDEST MEMORIES ?
My favourite scene has to be where the hobbits return to Hobbiton and are in the pub holding their little glasses and smoking pipe weed and no one needs to say anything at all.