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New Character in The Return of the King

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  • Stolzi@aol.com
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    Message 1 of 3 , Nov 16, 2003
      >Tuesday, January 7 12:34 AM EST
      >Fans Outraged at New Character in The Return of the King
      >By <mailto:briggsb@...>Brian Briggs
      >Wellington, New Zealand - A recently leaked trailer for The Return
      >of the King has Tolkien fans outraged over the apparent addition of
      >a new character - Jar-Jaromir. The scene depicted in the trailer
      >shows Jar-Jaromir shouting, "Gondora gonna fallsa";
      >he then trips over a corpse and knocks down a couple of Uruk-hai.
      > Producers of The Lord of the Rings trilogy confirmed the addition
      >of the half-brother of Boromir and Faramir.
      >"While The Two Towers is performing better at the box office than
      >The Fellowship of the Ring, we are worried about a demographic that
      >is skewing much older than desired. More mature fans are very good
      >to have, but it's the younger fans who buy the merchandise. That's
      >really what brings in the bucks on a movie like this," said producer
      >Tim Wilcox.
      >"People complained a lot about Gimli just being there for comic
      >relief," continued Wilcox. "We answer that criticism by directing
      >the humor through Jar-Jaromir in The Return of the King. There's
      >this funny scene where Jar-Jaromir decides it's best to hand the
      >ring over to Sauron, but then he drops it and kicks it into Mount
      >Doom. Hi-larious."
      >Purists, miffed by the deviations in The Two Towers, were so enraged
      >by Jar-Jaromir as to be rendered speechless. A less pure, calmer fan
      >who was able to form words said, "Tolkien mentioned a lot of
      >different races and creatures, but never a Gungan or even a
      >half-Gungan. I think I'm going to vomit."
      >One fan tried to rationalize the move. "Maybe the Star Wars universe
      >and Middle-earth intersect. Middle-earth certainly is a long time
      >ago and why couldn't it be in 'a galaxy far, far away?' Nothing said
      >it's our earth." He then broke down and started crying.
      >Director Peter Jackson explained how the Jar-Jaromir character was
      >added after all the other footage had already been shot. "That's the
      >brilliant thing about digital editing and graphics. We didn't even
      >imagine Jar-Jaromir in the movie until a couple of weeks ago, but
      >now we can just edit him right into the key scenes. I really think
      >it's going to be a hit with the toddlers."
      >Jackson added, "I just love it when he shouts, 'Yousa steala
      >precious from meesa!'"

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