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Elijah Wood has claimed that a secret search of Harvey Weinstein’s home was hidden in the Lord of the Rings movies.
The 40-year-old actor – who played Frodo Baggins in the fantasy film series – recalled how director Peter Jackson deliberately made one of the orcs look like the disgraced movie mogul “like some kind of fuck gesture” because the producer had been so inconvenient when it came to shopping around for the project around other studios.
Appearing on the Armchair Expert podcast, co-host Dax Shepard told his guest how much he loved the story of how the movies almost weren’t made as much as he loved the movies themselves, because after it became clear Miramax – who acquired the rights to JRR Tolkein’s novels in the 1990s – wouldn’t make the films the way Jackson and his partner Fran Walsh envisioned, they asked Weinstein for permission. to transfer the project to other studios.
Dax continued, “And Miramax said,” We will only get it back to you on time, but two things have to happen. A: You have to go get it installed this weekend. And two: whoever agrees must agree to do all three at the same time “.
Wood confirmed his narrative was correct and added, “The time window was crazy. They bought it in town. Peter made a pretty awesome pitch video, taken to various places.
“Most people were reluctant to make more than one movie. The popular opinion was, ‘No, you have to see how [the initial movie] done, then invest the rest of your money ”.
But in the end, New Line Cinema’s Bob Shaye agreed to take an “incredible risk.”
Wood continued, “I think the tradition is that they came with two and it was Bob Shaye who said, ‘We have to do three,’ which is insane. Incredible risk. Miramax thought he didn’t. there was no way in hell. “
And the American actor then revealed the search of Weinstein, who is in prison for sex offenses.
He said: “Funny, we talked about this recently because Dom [Monaghan] and Bill [Boyd, who played Hobbits Merry and Pippin in the trilogy] have a podcast, The Friendship Onion.
“They were talking to Sean Astin [Samwise] about his first memory of being in New Zealand.
“He had seen those orc masks. And one of the orc masks – and I remember it very well – was designed to look like Harvey Weinstein like some kind of f *** you.
“I think it’s good to talk about it now, the guy’s in jail. F *** him.”