“Sean was very much Sam for me. You know, always looking after me, being there for me.” - Elijah Wood (2001) // “Well, I felt very, um… protective over Elijah, for no reason. He could take care of himself fine.” - Sean Astin (2012)
[Have you ever wanted to get married?] It’s never crossed my mind that it’d ever be possible for me. That’s the scar that I and so many others bear—we believed ourselves to be second-rate citizens for so long, the idea of being able to say “This is my husband, these are my children” was not an option. I remember Tom Stoppard saying to me when I came out, “I feel so sorry for you, because you’ll never have children.” These days I would say, “Well, why not, Tom?” But 20 years ago I accepted his judgment.
“You’re working with stuntmen who you don’t want to injure, so you’ve got to be composed and controlled, so you have to really get the moves in right. You want to sell it to the camera. You want it to be real. And you want to show the strength that your character has in that situation, and the skill that he has. And you’re trying to stay in the moment, and there’s a lot of things that come into play in that situation” - Orlando Bloom, ROTK Bonus Documentary
Sad news today; Our Tolkien fandom has suffered a death in the family. Our beloved Andrew Lesnie passed on at the age of 59 on Monday. Andrew was a vital part of Peter Jackson’s team on the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and most recently, The Hobbit Trilogy. He was an absolute visionary, who, like Peter Jackson, loved making films. You could tell how passionate he was about films because of his ever present smile and enthusiasm. He was a constant face in the behind the scenes footage, his trusty camera always rolling.
He was brilliant, he was an Oscar winner, but most importantly he was our family member. So today, hold those you love a little closer and let’s keep Andrew’s family and friends in our thoughts. Here on l-o-t-r & the-hobbit Blog, I want to dedicate this day to Andrew Lesnie’s legacy. Rest in peace, Andrew. We will always be thankful for your sheer brilliance and talent and I will most certainly miss your smile.