The Lord Of The Rings | Cinema Secrets

The Lord Of The Rings | Cinema Secrets

Hi, I’m Jamie from Alltime Movies, and today
we’re going to Middle Earth to reveal Lord of the Rings’ Cinema Secrets. Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R Tolkien’s
fantasy saga made a whopping $2.9 billion at the box office and nabbed 17 Oscars. But
this much-loved trilogy could have been very different… Sean Connery was first offered the role of
Gandalf. But he turned it down, because he didn’t understand the story. Tim Curry and Jeremy Irons were both considered
for the role of corrupt wizard Saruman. Instead, it went to Christopher Lee, who was desperate
to play Gandalf, but eventually settled for the next best thing. Stuart Townsend beat Daniel Day-Lewis and
Russell Crowe for the role of Aragorn, but 2 months into rehearsals, Peter Jackson realised
he’d made a terrible mistake casting a young actor for the part. Filming had already begun
when Viggo Mortensen took over. But before Peter Jackson, there were several
less successful productions of Tolkien’s masterpiece. In the 1960s, The Beatles wanted to not only
produce, but star in their own Lord of the Rings feature, with Stanley Kubrick as director. John Lennon would have been cast as Gollum,
Paul McCartney as Frodo, Ringo Starr as Sam, and George Harrison as Gandalf. Luckily, Kubrick
thought that a Lord of the Rings adaptation was impossible, so that horrorshow was never
made. But 40 years later, CGI allowed the trilogy
to finally be made with groundbreaking special effects. And the movies’ most ‘precious’ CGI
creation is, of course, Gollum. Andy Serkis brought his slimy creature to
life with a motion capture suit and a team of highly skilled 3D artists. Using a new
CG technique called ‘subsurface scattering’, the digital team were able to simulate light
reflections bouncing onto objects, to create the illusion of real skin. But not everything in the trilogy uses sophisticated
techniques. Many of the ‘special effects’ are just old-fashioned movie tricks…. For these scenes, the films used forced perspective
to make Frodo and Bilbo look small. Ian McKellen is positioned closer to the camera than Elijah
Wood and Ian Holm, to create an optical illusion that he is towering over the wee Hobbits. And in the Prancing Pony, some of the actors
are walking around on stilts. Speaking of ponies, in some shots Sam’s
noble steed, Bill, is in fact 2 people in a very convincing pantomime horse costume. And to create the illusion of vast size and
distance across Middle Earth, set design created polystyrene miniature models, and positioned
them far away from the camera. Or should I say ‘bigiatures’ – the model of the Barad-Dur
is 15 feet tall! Ear’s one for you. Lord of the Rings used
1800 pairs of latex ears and feet during production, because they damaged so easily. The costume
department had a special oven for cooking latex, which they had to keep running 24 hours
a day, 7 days a week. In the Fellowship of the Ring, the scene where
Aragorn throws an apple at Pippin took 16 takes to get right. The trilogy has hundreds of stunt scenes,
so naturally the cast got a few bumps and bruises along the way. In this shot, Peter
Jackson praised Viggo Mortensen for this brutally emotional performance, when actually, Mortensen
had just broken two of his toes kicking the Orc helmet. Ouch. And in these shots of Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas
chasing after the orcs, all three are injured. Orlando Bloom had recently fallen off a horse
and broken two of his ribs, Mortensen’s toes were still broken, and Gimli’s stunt
double was suffering from a knee injury. Now that’s dedication to your art. Fortunately, not one of the 300 horses featured
in the trilogy was harmed. That’s because during the intense battle scenes, all injured
stallions are all computer generated. There’s a lot of creepy sounds in Lord of
the Rings. But the voices of the Orcs were created from the sound of cute seal pups.
(Does that make them less scary? Nope. Still terrifying) And what Hollywood classic would be complete
without the ‘Wilhelm Scream’? And Sean Bean had to learn his entire Mordor
speech after receiving it only the night before. One does not simply learn a script… And yes, this really is Elijah Wood leaping
onto Bucklebury ferry, not his stunt double. But watch closely and you’ll find a few
subtle tributes and Easter eggs. In Fellowship, Frodo finds a book containing
Runes, these read: “”Stand by the grey stone when the thrush knocks, and the setting sun
with the last light of Durin’s Day will shine upon the keyhole.”” This is a direct reference
to the map that appears in the Hobbit, and the runes explain how to find the entrance
to the Lonely Mountain. This shot of Proudfoot at the party in (film)
is homage to Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 adaptation, and so is this shot, when the hobbits hide
from the Ringwraiths under the roots of a tree. And Jackson also managed to slip in a few
cameos. Here’s his son and daughter with Bilbo, at Helm’s deep…and of course he
wasn’t going to make a 680-minute motion picture with out making a few appearances
himself, here, here, and here. Thanks for watching Lord of The Rings’ Cinema
Secrets. See you next time!

43 thoughts on “The Lord Of The Rings | Cinema Secrets

  1. Wow, DDL as Aragorn. I would have loved to see that. As much as I like Viggo as Aragorn, having DDL would have been better for me. He probably makes every project better in my eyes, so that may be kinda unfair to Viggo…

  2. there is a lot of subliminal racism on this channel like the is Disney racist where one guy defended racist Disney movies that are very well know to be and are purposely racist.

  3. The greatest trilogy of my teenage years. The 0:44 joke regarding Christopher Lee's death sounded a bit disrespectful and cringey.

  4. From Ian McKellen's AMA(Regarding Christopher Lee wanting to play Gandalf.) : He told me at our first meeting that he always thought he would be good casting as Gandalf. It turns out he was better casting as Saruman. Of all the parts he played, the one I hankered after was Sherlock Holmes. Im sorry he doesn't get to see Mr. Holmes, the movie, I think he would have enjoyed it.

  5. little fact : '' For clarification, it occurs during the fight with the orc leader (Lurtz) following the fall of Boromir. After being stabbed in the leg, the orc pulls the knife out of his leg and throws it at Aragorn, who deflects it with his sword.
    Apparently, the dagger was supposed to have been thrown past Aragorn and into a tree. However, the actor playing the orc had vision troubles with his mask, and accidentally threw the knife directly at Viggo Mortensen, who was forced to deflect it in desperation. The director liked it, and thus kept it in the movie.
    Nothing spectacular, but I always find it interesting how often improvisation and accident make it into movies because they're better received than the original script.''

  6. Actually subsurface scattering simulates the light bouncing under and through the skin/objects. (Just place your finger over a bright flashlight/laser)

  7. 0:42
    Ey you dumb shit! Did you just say : hes dead now?
    How bout some respect you fucker! Learn how to talk! AND THINK bitch!

  8. i love this video but you overdid yourself with 'hes dead now', so im not gonna vote this video… be careful next time…

  9. 3:56 Aragon fell to the ground cause he broke his toes here? I couldn't stop laughing from that, and it looks like they kept that scene in. What better way to show emotion than through actual pain? xD

  10. I love this trilogy too much, I have a weekly ritual that every Saturday night I watch all 3 one after the other… Next time a Christopher Lee joke is made I will hunt down the maker of the joke and kill them while they sleep, Christopher Lee was a legend

  11. They're taking the Hobbits to Isengard gard gard
    The Hobbits, the Hobbits, the Hobbits, the Hobbits to Isengard to Isengard
    The Hobbits, the Hobbits, the Hobbits, the Hobbits to Isengard to Isengard
    ga ga ga gard

  12. Um your wrong.. When i was reading the 4 books in Jr high school I could not see anyone other then Christopher Lee in the role of the " Saruman the White Wizard" !! He was perfect!
    As for Gandalf. Tolkien on the other hand, had Christopher Lee in mind for the part when he wrote the books and even asked him to play the part of Gandalf. I "got used" to Ian playing Gandalf but still have not to this day thought of anyone other then Richard Harris who could have pulled it off.

  13. As someone who's watched ALL the extendeds with all 3 commentaries and all the special features that go with the extended versions a multitude of times I ACTUALLY LEARNT A WHOLE BUNCH OF NEW STUFF in this video and that's extremely impressive!!

  14. Nice joke about Christopher lee, hope your mum gets terminal cancer and suffers many years of pain before death as a result of it

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