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  • Joan Marie Verba
    The following is what apparently the producers of the Lord of the Rings movie are seeking in actors playing the characters. Note particularly that they want
    Message 1 of 35 , Jun 26 6:20 AM
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      The following is what apparently the producers of the Lord of the Rings
      movie are seeking in actors playing the characters. Note particularly that
      they want the actress playing Arwen to "ride a horse and wield a sword."
      Hmmm...sounds as if the script will not exactly confirm to the text of the
      trilogy. Joan

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      LORD OF THE RINGS CASTING INFO

      NEW LINE CINEMA "LORD OF THE RINGS"
      THREE FULL LENGTH FEATURE FILMS
      DEL'D IN NY Fri., Feb 19, 1999, Vol. 1999,
      #0219

      Producers: Peter Jackson, Tim Sanders
      Director: Peter Jackson
      Writers: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Stephen
      Sinclair, Pilippa Boyens

      USA Casting Director: Victoria Burrows
      New York Casting Associate: Sue Fried
      Lost Angeles Casting Associate: Jenne Herbst
      UK Casting Director: Hubbard Casting
      Australia Casting: Mullinars Casting
      Consultants
      New Zealand Casting: Liz Mullane

      Shoots: Sept. 1999 - March 2001 (See below)
      Location: New Zealand
      NOTE: LORD OF THE RINGS comprises
      three full length feature films, for this purpose
      called Part One, Part Two and Part Three. Part
      One shoots Sept.. 10, 1999 - Feb. 17, 2000.
      Part Two shoots May 21, 2000 - Oct. 12,
      2000. Part Three shoots Oct. 29, 2000 - March
      22, 2001.

      LORD OF THE RINGS is set in a mythical
      world populated by several different races or
      types of "people:" Hobbits (FRODO, SAM
      MERRY PIPPIN, BILBO), Elves (ELROND,
      ARWEN, LEGOLAS), Dwarves (GIMLI) and
      Humans (ARAGORN, GANDALF, BOROMIR,
      DENETHOR, THEODEN, FARAMIR,
      EOWYN).

      For the HOBBITS it is our intention to cast
      actors of a normal height and use computer
      graphics to make them appear smaller. This
      will require the actors to shoot some of their
      scenes against blue screen, often reacting to
      a piece of tape, rather than another actor. The
      four main Hobbits are young, fit and with the
      possible exception of SAM, lean. It is likely
      the most suitable hobbit actors will be around
      5 ft. 7 inches. They are also of a similar age,
      with Frodo and Sam being obviously older than
      Merry and Pippin. We will probably use
      prosthetics to a limited degree - ears and
      maybe noses. They will wear prosthetic feet, a
      little larger than normal. ACCENT: BRITISH

      For the HUMANS the men of Middle-earth are
      essentially no different to us. There are no
      special notes regarding the human characters,
      other than that most will HAVE TO RIDE
      HORSES. ACCENT: AMERICAN OR
      BRITISH.

      For the ELVES they are the First Born of the
      peoples of Middle-earth. They are immortal,
      they are not subject to age or disease, but can
      be slain or die of grief. They are the fairest of
      all earthly creatures, tall and slender, graceful
      but not strong, resistant to the extremes of
      nature such as cold. Their senses, especially
      those of hearing and sight, are much keener
      than those of Men.... THE ACTORS PLAYING
      THE ELVES WILL HAVE TO WEAR SOME
      PROSTHETIC MAKE-UP, MAYBE EARS
      AND CONTACT LENSES. BRITISH ACCENT.

      For the DWARVES they are the short, stocky
      miners and battlers of Middle-earth. Although
      about 4 feet in height, we think that casting a
      normal-sized person and reducing them with
      CG, will give us greater casting options.
      Dwarves should have a a likable rough
      diamond quality. ACCENT: BRITISH.

      FRODO BAGGINS.
      A Hobbit. 18 - 24 years old. Male. 5'4" - 5'9",
      normal build. Fine featured and good looking,
      Frodo is a natural leader. He is intelligent and
      carefree with a roguish sense of humor and a
      disarmingly boyish charm. Frodo lives in the
      shadow of his famous adventurer uncle, Bilbo,
      and longs to have his own adventures beyond
      the bounds of the Shire. However, when
      confronted with the terrors of the real world
      Frodo starts to doubt his own abilities. It is a
      testament to his courage and heart that,
      despite his misgivings and fears, he volunteers
      to the Ring to Mordor. Frodo's struggle with
      the malicious influence of the Rings pushes
      him to the brink of paranoia and madness. By
      the end of his journey Frodo is hanging by a
      thread, his strength almost gone, his carefree
      spirit broken. The Frodo who returns to the
      Shire is humble, quiet, haunted. Of all the
      characters in the story, Frodo has the most
      profound journey...
      LEAD ROLE. APPEARS IN PART ONE,
      PART TWO AND PART THREE. ACCENT:
      BRITISH

      SAMWISE GAMGEE.
      A Hobbit. 25 - 30. Male. 5'4" - 5'9". Stocky.
      Practical and quiet, Sam is often the source of
      unwitting humor - although he is more astute
      than some give him credit for. He is
      unsophisticated, quick-tempered and
      suspicious. Sam faces each new trial with a
      sometimes gloomy foreboding, but also a grim
      determination to see the job done. A humble
      gardener by trade, his intense loyalty to Frodo
      sees him rise to great acts of self-sacrifice and
      heroism. By the end of the story, Sam has
      grown in confidence and stature and his final
      parting with Frodo, although touched with
      sadness, also reveals the depth of
      understanding and wisdom which Sam has
      acquired...
      SUPPORTING LEAD. APPEARS IN PART
      ONE, PART TWO AND PART THREE.
      ACCENT: BRITISH

      MERIADOCK (MERRY) BRANDYBUCK.
      A hobbit. 18 - 20 years old. Male. 5'4" to 5'9".
      Normal build. Merry is more canny and
      knowing than the average Hobbit. A master
      prankster, Merry is usually able to talk his
      impetuous partner in crime, Pippin, into taking
      part in his schemes. Merry is quick-witted and
      resourceful, confident and cheerful. He dreams
      of being heroic, but in actual fact is not
      naturally brave and manages to surprise even
      himself when he is finally called to do great
      deed on the battlefield...
      IS A KEY PLAYER IN THE SUPPORTING
      CAST. APPEARS IN PART ONE, PART TWO
      AND PART THREE. ACCENT: BRITISH.

      PEREGRIN (PIPPIN) TOOK.
      A Hobbit. 18 - 20 years old. 5'4" to 5'9".
      Normal build. The youngest Hobbit, Pippin is
      impulsive, outspoken and a ball of energy. He
      is charming and fearless, but his lack of
      maturity and insight does tend to get him in
      trouble. Pippin is intrepid, mainly because he
      doesn't stop to think about danger, but also
      because he has a big heart. Despite thinking
      himself quite worldly, it is his innocent and
      trusting nature which endears him so readily to
      others. He is a natural comic...
      IS A KEY PLAYER IN THE SUPPORTING
      CAST. APPEARS IN PART ONE, PART TWO
      AND PART THREE. ACCENT: BRITISH.

      BILBO BAGGINS.
      A Hobbit. 55 years plus. Male. 5'4" to 5'9".
      Portly, compact. A true eccentric, who cares
      not a fig for the opinion of others, Bilbo is
      strong-minded, outspoken and does not suffer
      fools gladly. He has a great and abiding love
      for his nephew, Frodo, of whom he is
      enormously proud. Unlike most Hobbits, Bilbo
      has a great love of adventure and travel and
      given half a chance he will talk endlessly about
      his youthful exploits. Bilbo has a wide
      mischievous streak and even at his age still
      enjoys playing tricks upon his neighbors and
      relatives. After Bilbo gives up the Ring he
      quickly ages, losing much of his energy and
      mental agility...
      APPEARS IN PART ONE, PART TWO. THIS
      IS A CAMEO ROLE THAT WILL REQUIRE
      THE ACTOR TO BE IN NEW ZEALAND FOR
      APPROXIMATELY 4 WEEKS. ACCENT:
      BRITISH.

      ARAGORN.
      Human. 30 -45. Male. Ruggedly handsome
      leading man. Leading Human role. He is
      enigmatic, brooking, handsome. Aragorn
      carries and aura of concealed power and
      greatness about him, but also a deep sense of
      humanity and kindness. Aragorn goes through
      a great internal struggle in facing his destiny
      as King. Valiant, noble and wry, he has never
      sought greatness an has an innate fear of the
      corrupting nature of power. Aragorn's noble
      lineage is initially hidden beneath the persona
      of "Strider," a mysterious ranger who is used
      to living rough and skilled in surviving in the
      wild. Aragorn is a skilled sword fighter...
      IS A KEY PLAYER IN THE SUPPORTING
      CAST. APPEARS IN PART ONE, PART TWO
      AND PART THREE. ACCENT: AMERICAN
      OR BRITISH. ALSO SUBMIT STAR NAMES.

      GANDALF.
      Human/Wizard. 55 years plus. Male. IT IS
      ESSENTIAL THAT THE ACTOR WHO PLAYS
      GANDALF IS A CONFIDENT HORSE RIDER.
      Gandalf is a figure of great authority and
      warmth. He is a wise, far-seeing sage who
      dearly loves the good creatures of
      Middle-earth, in particular, Hobbits. A young
      spirit trapped in an old body, Gandalf is
      frustrated by his failing memory and arthritic
      knees. He is an eccentric and has moments of
      quirky comedy. Gandalf is reinvented halfway
      through the story when he changes from
      "Gandalf the Grey" to "Gandalf the White." His
      age drops from 70'ish to early 50's. The reborn
      Gandalf leads Gondor into war, but temporarily
      loses something of his old humanity and
      humor, becoming more formidable as a
      character...
      Lead. IS A KEY PLAYER IN THE
      SUPPORTING CAST. APPEARS IN PART
      ONE, PART TWO AND PART THREE.
      ACCENT: AMERICAN OR BRITISH. ALSO
      SUBMIT STAR NAMES.

      SARUMAN.
      Human/Wizard. 60 years plus. Male. A
      melodic/hypnotic voice. Piercing eyes. Thin,
      tall, stooped. The Key Villain in the story. The
      leader of the Istari, the Wizards who offer
      counsel to the creatures of Middle-earth,
      Saruman has immense stature and dignity. As
      the story unfolds we learn that he has been
      corrupted by greed for power and has betrayed
      his sacred duties. Where he was once noble
      and wise, he is now arrogant and cunning;
      duplistic and self-serving...
      APPEARS IN PART ONE AND PART TWO.
      ACCENT: AMERICAN OR BRITISH. ALSO
      SUBMIT STAR NAMES.

      BOROMIR.
      Human. 30 -45 years old. Male. Strong, tall,
      thick-set. Boromir is the eldest son of
      Denethor, steward of Gondor. Introverted and
      something of a loner, he has been oppressed
      by a domineering and violent father. Boromir is
      mistrustful of others, particularly Wizards, and
      regularly pours scorn on Gandalf. Boromir
      believes in the greatness of men, but he has
      no real belief in himself. The more likable side
      of his character is brought out by the Hobbits,
      whom he finds very endearing. Boromir is
      easily swayed by the power of the Ring and
      under its influence he turns quite malicious.
      He does, however, come to see the error of his
      ways and very honorably redeems himself,
      dying a hero's death to save Merry and
      Pippin...
      MAJOR SUPPORTING ROLE. APPEARS IN
      PART ONE. ACCENT AMERICAN OR
      BRITISH. ALSO SUBMIT STAR NAMES.

      DENETHOR.
      Human. 50 - 70 years old. Male. A craggy,
      physically powerful man. elderly but not frail.
      The Steward of Gondor, Denethor is a troubled
      man with a violent temper, prone to making
      irrational decisions. He is mistrustful,
      obsessive, domineering and unreasonable.
      Denethor is ruler of Gondor, but he is acutely
      aware that the Steward is only the custodian
      of the throne, until the rightful king returns.
      Denethor does not accept this and resists the
      notion that one day the true king will return
      and take power from him. Denethor is a
      depressive, forecasting doom and destruction
      at every opportunity. he takes the loss of his
      son, Boromir, very badly, punishing his
      younger son, Faramir, for Boromir's death. In a
      moment of arrogance and despair, Denethor
      kills himself, in final and absolute abnegation
      of his responsibilities as ruler of Gondor...
      KEY SUPPORTING ROLE. APPEARS IN
      PARTS TWO AND THREE. ACCENT:
      AMERICAN OR BRITISH. PLEASE SUBMIT
      STAR NAMES.

      FARAMIR.
      Human 18 - 25. Male. Boyish, slim,
      handsome. Second son of Denethor, Steward
      of Gondor, Faramir has grown up in the
      shadow of his brother, the mighty Boromir.
      Reliable, intensely loyal to Gondor and its
      people, Faramir is adept at hiding the hurt and
      humiliation he feels when being ranted at by
      his deranged father. He is not serious or grim
      by nature, but he does have a premature
      weariness about him, as if for too long he has
      borne the weight of his father's problems.
      Above all, Faramir is extremely honorable and
      displays a wisdom that is well beyond his
      years...
      KEY SUPPORTING ROLE. APPEARS IN
      PARTS TWO AND THREE. ACCENT:
      AMERICAN OR BRITISH. PLEASE SUBMIT
      STAR NAMES.

      THEODEN.
      Human. 50 plus. Male. Very much in the
      image of a Norse King with possibly a Nordic
      look. IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THE ACTOR
      WHO PLAYS THEODEN IS A CONFIDENT
      HORSE RIDER. He is the King of Rohan.
      Theoden is old beyond his years; ailing and
      distracted, he is under the influence of a
      cunning and manipulative advisor,
      Wormtongue. It is only when Wormtongue is
      expelled that Theoden returns to his old self,
      shedding twenty years of decrepitude to
      assume the mantle of kingship...
      THEODEN IS A KEY SUPPORTING ROLE.
      REQUIRED FOR PARTS ONE, TWO AND
      THREE. ACCENT: AMERICAN OR BRITISH.
      SUBMIT STAR NAMES.

      EOWYN.
      Human 18 - 30, female. A Nordic warrior
      princess. MUST BE ABLE TO RIDE A
      HORSE AND WIELD A SWORD. The niece of
      King Theoden, Eowyn is sometimes called the
      White Lady of Rohan - this is in part due to her
      paleness and her long fair hair and in part to
      her solemn reserve, mistaken by some for
      coldness. She is beyond compare as a
      horsewoman, can wield a sword as well as
      any man and is neither squeamish nor
      sentimental. She may also have a sharp
      tongue and a caustic wit, but shows great
      vulnerability when her feelings are moved. This
      is particularly the case with Aragorn, with
      whom she falls helplessly and hopelessly in
      love...
      EOWYN IS A KEY SUPPORTING ROLE,
      WITH A BRIEF APPEARANCE IN PART
      ONE, FOLLOWED BY A LARGER ROLE IN
      PARTS TWO AND THREE. ACCENT:
      AMERICAN OR BRITISH. PLEASE SUBMIT
      STAR NAMES.

      ARWEN.
      Elf. 18 - 30, female. Slender, graceful,
      fine-featured. WILL HAVE TO RIDE A HORSE
      AND WIELD A SWORD. The Elven princess of
      Rivendell, Arwen's beauty is legendary. An Elf,
      Arwen is, by virtue of birth, immortal.
      Everything about Arwen is "Quick" - her
      fleetness, her smile, her temper, her
      understanding. She seems to enjoy playing
      against pre-conceptions of the classical
      serene Elven maiden. She dresses in armor,
      rides hell-for-leather and she gives her heart to
      a mortal man. Arwen's love for Aragorn is deep
      and abiding. She is prepared to give up her
      immortality and embrace death for him. But
      she also loves her father, the Lord Elrond, and
      it costs her greatly to defy him. Arwen's
      journey is towards a deeper understanding of
      the darkness and evil that exists in the world
      and a true understanding of what it means to
      be mortal...
      ARWEN IS THE FEMALE ROMANTIC LEAD.
      APPEARS IN PARTS ONE, TWO AND
      THREE. ACCENT: BRITISH. PLEASE
      SUBMIT STAR NAMES.

      LEGOLAS.
      Elf. 25 - 35. Male. Slim, graceful, handsome.
      A prince of the Wood elves, Legolas is a
      deadly bowman, who can move with great
      stealth. Tall, slender and fine-featured, Legolas
      is physically everything that Gimli the dwarf is
      not! Legolas sees Gimli as a dour,
      work-obsessed and humorless curmudgeon.
      It's the dynamic of the "odd couple": two
      opposites constantly bickering and bantering,
      each making jokes at the other's expense. But
      beneath the veneer of ironic humor Legolas
      cares very much for those he has pledged to
      protect and ultimately he and Gimli become
      fast friends...
      LEGOLAS IS A KEY SUPPORTING ROLES
      IN ALL THREE FILMS. APPEARS IN PARTS
      ONE, TWO AND THREE. ACCENT: BRITISH.
      PLEASE SUBMIT STAR NAMES.

      ELROND.
      Elf. 40 plus. Male Tall, slim, fine features. The
      Lord of the Elves of Rivendell and the father of
      Arwen, Elrond has great authority and wisdom,
      but also humility. He is something of a seer
      and is troubled by his daughter's love for the
      mortal, Aragorn, knowing as he does Aragorn's
      dark destiny. In a wider sense, Elrond feels a
      great sadness that the age of the Elves is
      coming to a close - but he does not try to
      change this fact, accepting it as fate...
      ELROND IS A CAMEO ROLE WITH BRIEF
      APPEARANCES IN ALL THREE FILMS.
      APPEARS IN PARTS ONE, TWO AND
      THREE. ACCENT: BRITISH. STAR NAMES.

      GIMLI.
      Dwarf. 30 - 50. male. A regular-sized person
      but short and stocky, with broad shoulders,
      would be preferable. (CG/blue screen will be
      used to shrink size.) A pugnacious dwarf with
      a big heart. Gimli is brave and valiant; a warrior
      to the core, who lives by the warrior's code, he
      is loyal to the last. Gimli is a boisterous spirit
      who enjoys poking fun at the Elves, in
      particular Legolas. Gimli loves wine and
      women and song and has a hearty sense of
      humor. Whilst hardly refined, he is capable of
      appreciating beauty, especially the beauty of
      well-hewn rock of the mines and tunnels made
      by his forebears...
      GIMLI IS A KEY SUPPORTING ROLES IN
      ALL THREE FILMS. APPEARS IN PARTS
      ONE, TWO AND THREE. ACCENT: BRITISH.

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    • Jim Bohannon
      Hear, hear Mary! That s a fine term. Who made the rules that say you re not a Star Trek fan if you don t dress like a Klingon and go to all the conventions?
      Message 35 of 35 , Jul 1, 1999
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        Hear, hear Mary! That's a fine term. Who made the rules that say
        you're not a Star Trek fan if you don't dress like a Klingon and go to
        all the conventions? Or that you're not a true Star Wars fan if you
        didn't camp out to get tickets to "Phantom Menace", or at least get to
        see it during the first week? (I did neither - but I am a Star Wars
        fan!)

        Another "moderate Trekkie & Star Wars fan",

        Jim


        Stolzi@... wrote:
        >
        > From: Stolzi@...
        >
        > In a message dated 6/28/99 4:53:32 PM Central Daylight Time, FrMacKen@...
        > writes:
        >
        > > An addendum: I think that my Star Trek jibe in a previous letter about the
        > > "Ears" controversy went unnoticed. We must not have any Trekkies in this
        > > group!
        >
        > Oh no, I saw it, just didn't have any particular comment.
        >
        > I consider myself a "moderate Trekkie," if there is such a beast.
        >
        > Mary S
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