New Character in The Return of the King
>Tuesday, January 7 12:34 AM EST[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>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
>"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
>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!'"