The Lord Of The Rings Reunion Was A Delight, Here's Why You Need To Watch It
The cast from the iconic fantasy series got back together for a reunion--and it was packed with interesting insight and lots of laughs.
Actor Josh Gad recently got the cast from The Lord of the Rings back together for a can't-miss reunion that brings a little bit of light amid a world struck by darkness and strife. The full video is now available online, and it's an absolute delight.
Over the course of about an hour, the main cast members from the movie got back together to reminisce about their experiences working on the trilogy and lots more. Check it out below.
Boromir actor Sean Bean performs his "one does not simply" speech, and director Peter Jackson revealed that the entire speech that Boromir gives at the Council of Elrond was written the night before it was filmed. Jackson also revealed that, because of this late addition to the script, they taped down the script to the table for Bean. That's why Bean keeps looking down during the scene that has since become a meme.
Another interesting anecdote from the video is that Ian McKellen recorded his "A wizard is never late" scene on his very first day of filming. Just two days later, McKellen filmed the final scene in the final movie, and this just further proves what a great actor he is. "I had to meet the Hobbits and say goodbye to them--I'd never met them before!" McKellen said.
Also in the video, Jackson talks about the re-casting of Aragorn. Jackson originally cast Stuart Townsend in the role, but he was replaced just days into filming. Jackson rushed to find a new actor, and Mortensen's son ultimately convinced him to take the role after feeling hesitant at first. Jackson said in the video that the production company, New Line, was nervous about the late addition of Mortensen, and they wanted to see the "dailies" from Mortensen's first days on set. To convince New Line that Mortensen was the right choice, Jackson decided to film the action-heavy Weathertop scene to help the movie studio believe in Mortensen as Aragorn. It worked.
This is just a small sampling of what to expect from the video--watch the full thing above. It's great.
McKellen, Mortensen, Jackson, and Bean are joined by actors Andy Serkis (Gollum), Orlando Bloom (Legolas), John Rhys-Davies (Gimli), Dominic Monaghan (Merry), Billy Boyd (Pippin), Karl Urban (Eomer), Mirando Otto (Eowyn), Sean Astin (Sam), Elijah Wood (Frodo), and Liv Tyler (Arwen). Writer Fran Walsh also appears in the video alongside composer Howard Shore. Famous New Zealand-based filmmaker Taika Waititi even makes an appearance. In case this wasn't already clear, the video is amazing and you should go watch it now.
The Reunited Apart charity stream is raising money for COVID-19 relief. We'll be doing the same as part of our Play For All initiative, which kicks off on June 1.
Disclosure: ViacomCBS is GameSpot's parent company
Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email firstname.lastname@example.org