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Five Facts About The Lord of the Rings Movies

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1. Among the cast Sir Christopher Lee was the only one who had met Tolkien himself, and despite the fact that he was already a wellknown actor he was simply lost for words. A huge fan of the books, Christopher Lee read the trilogy once a year, every year, and had been doing that for decades. No wonder he truly wanted to be a part of this project, and was more than happy when director Peter Jackson gave him the part of Saruman.

2. Many of us have watched the three movies time and time again, and simply loved them. But what if there was a much earlier version, directed by no other than Stanley Kubrick, produced and starring The Beatles? The Fab Four wanted at some point to put their money and work into a movie version of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and wanted Kubrick to direct the whole thing. All of them would have acted - Lennon would have been the Gollum - and it might have been a huge and impressive undertaking. Or a costly failure. The whole idea was abandoned after bothe Kubrick and Tolkien declined interest.

3. Viggo Mortensen seemed to be born to play Aragorn. He used a real sword, and not a fake one made of rubber or alluminium. He did his own stunts, including the expected minor injuries. And he was so enthusiastic that he often helped others feel much better, not matter how tired they were. The irony is that before being cast he hadn't read the novels. Not even a few pages.

4. According to Tolkien the real hero of the trilogy is none other than Sam Gamgee. You might think that he is most of the time just a minor character, but both in the movies and the books he actually plays a keyrole and several times saves the day. And the Shire.

5. There were over 18 000 costumes made for the three movies, both for main characters and extras.
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