In The Lord of the Rings The story of the trilogy, nothing sounds quite as compelling as recent claims from Hobbit actors Sean Astin and Elijah Wood. Both LOTR stars claimed on separate occasions that an orc mask resembled disgraced creator Harvey Weinstein.
During ‘Friendship Onion’ podcast, Sean Astin recalls seeing a mask
In September 2021, Sean Astin, who played Samvaiz Gamgi in the Lord of the Ring trilogy, revealed a strange memory. Right after arriving in New Zealand for the spectacular shoot, Astin said he toured the production facility.
The actor explained what happened next friendship onion The podcast is hosted by Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd, who played Hobby Mary and Pippin.
Astin said on the podcast, “I also remember, oh, do I go there too—Uruk Hai outfits, rubber suits, villains, those disgusting things those poor people had for months.” “There was one that looked like Harvey Weinstein. It was a full, photo-real image of Harvey Weinstein on this villainous Uruk—hi rubber suit, mask or whatever. I didn’t know if I had anything to say.” “
NS rudy The actor continued, adding that he was unaware of the behind-the-scenes drama in Miramax that delayed the trilogy for years on end. In short, the film eventually moved to New Line Cinema.
“I didn’t know, at the time, about Miramax and how they initially developed the film and whatever issues they had with the guy, uh, not doing well now,” Astin continued.
Harvey Weinstein reportedly interfered with Lord of the Rings casting decisions
In recent years, Harvey Weinstein’s career and reputation took a beating when New York Times reporters exposed serious abuses of power against women behind the scenes. Weinstein has been serving a 23-year sentence for rape since February 2020.
But according to director Peter Jackson, Weinstein is also notable for the franchise because of casting interference. During the 2017 fallout, Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino claimed to defy pressure from Harvey Weinstein. As a result, they say they faced a smear campaign as a result. The producers considered him for the roles The Lord of the Rings Before Weinstein’s intervention. In short, Weinstein blacklisted him.
Jackson revealed in a statement, “Since we were warned about Ashley and Mira by Miramax, and we were naive enough to believe that we would be told the truth, Fran and I did not mention our names in the New Line casting conversation. raised.” Time.
Elijah Wood confirms Sean Astin’s account of Harvey Weinstein orc mask
In the October 4, 2021 episode of Dax Shepard chair specialist podcastElijah Wood confirmed Astin’s story. Wood starred as Frodo in the franchise, which confirmed Astin’s story.
“It’s funny, it was talked about recently because Dom [Monaghan] and bills [Boyd] there is a podcast, friendship onion,” Wood told Shepard and Monica Padmann. “They were talking to Sean Astin about his first memory of visiting New Zealand,” Wood recalls. “He had seen these orc masks. And one of the orc masks. – and i remember it so clearly – was designed to look like harvey weinstein like you ****
Wood also showed his own slight contempt. “I think it’s okay to talk about this now, boy fu**king in captivity,” Wood says. “F*** him.”
No word on whether any of the other masks were based on real people. In short, we’ll now take a closer look at those orc faces.
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