Re: [mythsoc] MCKELLEN ON HORSEBACK/MCKELLEN DEFENDS 'LORDS OF THE RINGS'
Will you post again McKellen's website URL?
Joan Marie Verba wrote:
> MCKELLEN ON HORSEBACK--
> Ian McKellen has updated his Grey Book section of his website, this time
> devoting it to the horseback riding element of the Lord of the Rings
> production. McKellen is definitely nervous about riding horses, as noted in
> his previous postings. Here's what he reports on his interaction with a
> horse called Shadowfax:
> "My trouble is in riding him, as Shadowfax spurns bridle, bit, reins and
> even a saddle. This might all be safe enough with stable lads and lasses at
> the ready but often enough I am carrying a hobbit in front and clinging to
> three foot six hobbit isn't safe. I am very happy for Basil Clapham (my
> riding double) to do the galloping in my stead. Indeed the first authentic
> image of Gandalf that has been broadcast across the Internet (although not
> from this site) was not me at all but Basil urging Shadowfax toward Helm's
> Deep - actually not Shadowfax either but his fast galloping double 12 year
> old gelding called Blanco. When I mount Domero he is generally required to
> be stationary. Even so the shift of haunches whenever he pulls his weight
> om one back leg to another can feel seismic aloft and once Fon (doubling
> Pippin) and I slowly and safely slid to the soft grit of the lava field
> surrounding the volcano of Ruapehu.
> "Since then we have trotted through an artificial lake to confront Saruman
> at Orthanc - Saruman (in the person of Christopher Lee) was starring in
> Wars: Episode II across the Tasman Sea in the Olympiad city. So we yelled
> a yellow tennis ball representing the mad maia. Domero is controlled
> offscreen like a circus horse with the visual aid of two whips in the hands
> of Don Reynolds standing to one side of the camera. Sometimes the signal is
> reinforced with his name but Domero can walk, stop and stand on his mark, a
> square meter of plank on which he bangs his hooves. To one side is Blanco
> who, it seems, is needed to focus Shadowfax's attention, horses being
> sociable. I can't think why an understudy watching him perform should be
> considered a comfort. But then Domero -- for all he can recognise "Action"
> and pre-empt his cue to walk, stop or bang his plank -- has no idea he is
> acting nor, more to the point, that the heavy weight and hobbit squirming
> his spine are trying to act. We manage because Don is persistent and Domero
> has learnt well over their six months training together. Don Reynolds has
> worked with many horses in movies but I can't think he admired any of them
> more than he seems to respect Domero.
> "I've ridden often enough in movies - D. H. Lawrence loved a canter (Priest
> of Love film 1979) and as his namesake T. E. I was on the obligatory camel
> (Ross - TV). Just for five minutes. I was no sooner introduced to the
> unconcerned handsome beast than I was sat in his comfy saddle and told to
> drive him like a car. I was just looking for the ignition when the director
> Cedric Messina shouted for me to gallop toward the camera 100 metres away
> and "Stop on this mark", a black rock amidst the sand. I kicked and away we
> went and I didn't fall off, indeed almost stopped where was wanted. Didn't
> even knock the tripod over. But that was good luck. Horses are dangerous
> I don't take them for granted. Roy Kinnear died after falling from one on
> his film The Four Musketeers."
> MCKELLEN DEFENDS 'LORDS OF THE RINGS'
> At times, Sir Ian McKellen has become the defacto defender of the Lord of
> the Rings production, courtesy of his interaction with fans on his website.
> In his latest posting, McKellen responds to a writer who wonders why movies
> based on the book should even be attempted given Hollywood's penchant for
> cutting to the chase. McKellen responds:
> "Lord of the Rings is perhaps the most faithful screenplay ever adapted
> a long novel. This is not just because our writing quartet is devoted to
> original and would share other fans' resentment if it were "mistreated".
> Tolkien has an advantage over Dickens, Tolstoy and other epic writers. His
> storylines have a clear sweep and are less concerned with the byways and
> subplots which characterise 19th century novels. Consequently the major
> milestones of the Fellowship's journey are intact. Inevitably, even in a
> three-film version, there will be some omissions of characters and elisions
> of events but as the story unfolds onscreen and as the landscapes are seen
> for the first time, little will be missed.
> "The enthusiasts who have read the novels over and over may notice every
> change but in doing so they will miss the point. Peter Jackson's movie does
> not challenge the novel's supremacy any more than the distinguished book
> illustrations by Howe, Lee et al were meant to replace Tolkien's
> words. Paintings, drawings, animations and at last the feature films all
> augment our appreciation of Lord of the Rings. And just watch the book
> rise as New Line's publicity for the film gears up.
> "Another point on this, the question that dominates my email: the
> of masterpieces from one medium to another is as old as literature. Most of
> Shakespeare's plays are re-workings of stories, poems or written history.
> When I moved Richard III from stage to screen, I was determined to make a
> good film in honour of a great play. Had I left every scene and line of the
> text intact in the movie, it would not have been a good one. Kurosawa's
> Throne of Blood, my favourite version of the Macbeth saga, distorts
> Shakespeare to spectacular effect. The play which inspired it remains
> Joan Marie Verba verba001@...
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I'm not Joan, but I can provide you with the info you want:
Check out the "Grey Book" link for Ian's perspective on the movie.
At 08:29 5/10/00 -0500, Ted wrote:
>Will you post again McKellen's website URL?
- Meryl Herman [imladris@...] wrote:
> Nah, I just used cut and paste directly from the URL - clicking on the linkBoth work. I guess he's used to folks misspelling his name, so he bought up
> should take you directly there.
> At 12:00 5/10/00 EDT, Mary S wrote:
> >> http://www.mckellan.com/cinema/lotr/index.htm
> >I am ALMOST sure that would be www.mckellen.com with two E's.
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- Nah, I just used cut and paste directly from the URL - clicking on the link
should take you directly there.
At 12:00 5/10/00 EDT, Mary S wrote:
>I am ALMOST sure that would be www.mckellen.com with two E's.