MCKELLAN 'LORD OF RINGS' REPORT
- MCKELLAN 'LORD OF RINGS' REPORT
Ian McKellen has updated the Grey Book section of his website, this time
focusing on those stories of additional shooting on the Lord of the
project as well as giving his impression of what he's seen of the films
Regarding the new shoots, McKellen first touches upon the ADR work that
been done, saying, "Almost all of the dialogue has had to be replaced.
of the co-screenplay-writers Fran Walsh (Mrs. Jackson) and Philippa
have been in charge of the ADR (Additional Dialogue Recording). Already,
an underground sound studio off Wardour Street in London, Sean Bean
(Boromir), Ian Holm (Bilbo) and Christopher Lee (Saruman) have added a
soundtrack to their scenes. Why was I being brought back to Wellington?"
McKellen answers his own question saying, "Not just to do the ADR. The
opening of the film due this December was to be changed. Its original
prologue has been abandoned and the backstories of Isildur and of
who both found and lost the Ring are now to be told once Bilbo, the
adventurer from Tolkien's The Hobbit has been introduced. In Bag End, we
will see Bilbo starting to write his memoirs. Gandalf's arrival in
for Bilbo's 111th birthday party of magnificence now opens the movie
it opens the first book but it has been expanded to help with the
exposition. Hence the need for extra filming. A prologue, with its stash
names and facts, can unnerve audiences and I am relieved that ours has
I was happy to be back filming, even if only for a few days amongst my
task of giving Gandalf his voice."
McKellen then touches upon the film footage that he's seen, saying...
in part, what he says could be considered a spoiler for those of you who
will be going to the films not having read the books. If that means you,
then you might want to move on to another story by using one of the
the right. Otherwise, read on.
McKellen talks of what he's seen, saying, "I had half-hoped to be shown
current version of The Fellowship of the Ring but there still isn't
complete enough to be called a film -- rather an over-long string of
without music, special effects or polished editing. But it's been
reassuring, before each ADR session, to be able to view the Gandalf
and to see how excitingly the story is being told and how movingly the
characters relate to each other as their adventures proceed from
Mordor. At the end of this first film Frodo and Sam are separated from
rest and row across the river, destination Mount Doom -- on even a
video, Elijah Wood and Sean Astin are heart-breaking and couldn't be
better -- I thought."
However, McKellen did get a better impression of what the final films
be like. The actor reveals that he saw the part of the film with Howard
Shore's theme music in place. McKellen reports, "I sat behind Peter
huddled over a monitor showing the footage of Sam and Frodo in their
rowboat. As the majestic Fellowship theme soared over the pictures and a
plaintive flute and drums enchanted the ear, I heard and saw the first
moment of completed film. Trust me: it is magnificent."
- --- In mythsoc@y..., Joan Marie Verba <verba001@t...> wrote:
> McKellen answers his own question saying, "Not just to do the ADR.The audience would have loved the prologue, and I am personally
> The very opening of the film due this December was to be changed.
> Its original prologue has been abandoned and the backstories of
> Isildur and of Smeagol who both found and lost the Ring are now to
> be told once Bilbo, the adventurer from Tolkien's The Hobbit has
> been introduced. In Bag End, we will see Bilbo starting to write
> his memoirs. Gandalf's arrival in Hobbiton for Bilbo's 111th
> birthday party of magnificence now opens the movie just as
> it opens the first book but it has been expanded to help with the
> exposition. Hence the need for extra filming. A prologue, with its
> stash of names and facts, can unnerve audiences and I am relieved
> that ours has gone.
disappointed to learn that Peter has changed his mind on something I
was told would happen two years ago. I knew there was always a
chance that the prologue would be dropped. It wasn't in the original
two-film screenplay, from what I understand.
I suspect this decision will one day be greeted with the sadness that
many of us felt when we learned that someone had convinced Tolkien
not to include the Epilogue.
Of course, I have a selfish interest in seeing the Prologue. It was
the only part of the movies where I felt I could convince myself I
had some influence. Even if the footage remains, it won't be the
same as what I was led to expect/hope for.
Such are the whimsies of the film industry.