“When I first met him, we sat down in this real crusty place, the Green Parrot, and I remember not being able to hold a conversation, because I was so intimidated. There is something beautiful and quiet about Viggo, but the more I got to know him, the more I realized how insanely brilliant and crazy he is–how he has this insane wild side.”

Elijah Wood on Viggo Mortensen


“Liv Tyler, when I first arrived on set I thought, “That’s Liv Tyler, she’s pretty famous.” I’m the sort of person that doesn’t move forward to people and be like, “Hey, I’m your new best friend!” I’m not like that, give them their space, they’re famous, they must be sick of people who want to get close to them all the time. But she came straight over to me, which is sort of quite un-actress type behavior and she gave me a huge hug and said, “I’m so glad you’re here! There’s another woman here now! It’s all been men! We can do things together! We can paint nails!”

Miranda Otto on meeting Liv Tyler for the first time


“We were completely welcomed in right from the start. On the first day I shot I arrived back at the hotel and there was a message on the phone saying, “Hi,” I can’t remember who it was that rang, it might have been Orlando or Dom or Billy, said “We’re all going to dinner tonight at such and such, come along.” And I was sort of welcomed straight in. I was at dinner with them about an hour and I felt like I had known them forever. One of my fondest memories I was sitting down on set today and I was nervous about what I had to do, and Ian McKellan came and sat beside me and grabbed my hand. He was just holding my hand like this beside me, didn’t say anything.

Miranda Otto


“She’s had a lot of passion and words and talk and high ideals. Now she’ll get to see what she’s really made of. She’s believed she’s capable of certain things and should be valued equally as a man and should be allowed to go war. She also has to face unrequited love and the realization that part of her destiny isn’t what she thought. But there are better things ahead for her.”

Miranda Otto on Eowyn


‘A shadow passed over Saruman’s face; then it went deathly white. Before he could conceal it, they saw through the mask the anguish of a mind in doubt, loathing to stay and dreading to leave its refuge. For a second, he hesitated, and no one breathed. Then he spoke, and his voice was shrill and cold. Pride and hate were conquering him.’