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Lord Of The Rings TV Show Actor Departs Because Of Creative Differences

Actor Tom Budge says Amazon is "going in a different direction" with his character.


Amazon's Lord of the Rings TV series has lost a cast member, who has departed the project after Amazon reportedly decided to go a different direction with his character.

Tom Budge announced on Instagram that he has left Amazon's series over the creative changes. "After recently seeing the first episodes shot over the last year Amazon has decided to go in another direction with the character I was portraying," Budge said.

He included a video of the Johnny Cash song "Ring of Fire" in his post, which will surely prompt speculation regarding his intentions of using that song.

"I must thank the creative team for their encouragement towards trying something that I believed was new, exciting, and beautiful," he said. "And I sincerely thank the extraordinary cast and crew for their love, support and friendship over what has been a very difficult and unusual experience. Alas, some things just cannot be."

Very little is known about Amazon's Lord of the Rings series, apart from the fact that it's set in the Second Age, which is long before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. We don't know which character Budge was playing nor do we have any idea about the changes he's talking about.

At least the first two episodes of Amazon's Lord of the Rings show were filmed by Jurassic World's J.A. Bayona, who has seemingly wrapped up his commitments on the show. Production continues, with recent reports suggesting that filming is now taking place in Manapouri, New Zealand.

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