July 29, 2003

King Reshoots Described

From SciFi Wire:

Sean Astin (Sam) and Dominic Monaghan (Merry) told SCI FI Wire that they just returned from New Zealand, where they were reshooting some scenes for the upcoming third Lord of the Rings film, The Return of the King. "We just got back about two weeks ago from about a month of reshoots, which is cool," Monaghan said in an interview at Comic-Con International in San Diego. "Kind of bizarre to keep going back there and revisiting these characters. Merry's off on his own now, you know, so the majority of stuff that I do is on my own. Kind of freaky."

Astin said in an interview that he shot some key new scenes over a period of eight or nine days, but declined to reveal their content. "We shot a couple of things," he said. "We did additional scenes. New scenes."

Monaghan said his reshoots involved "finessing" things. "Some scenes with Gandalf [Ian McKellen] and Pippin [Billy Boyd], where Pippin and Gandalf head off to Minas Tirith, we kind of fleshed out those scenes a little bit," he said. "A little bit of Merry on the battlefield, we kind of finessed a bit of that. And Merry and Éowyn [Miranda Otto] and Merry and Théoden [Bernard Hill] stuff. But nothing too huge. Just drawing out a scene and giving it a little weight."

Monaghan said that almost the entire cast has been back to New Zealand to pick up shots. "We were just enjoying being together again, hanging out and working," he said. "When I turned up, there was a bunch. It was me, Elijah [Wood, who plays Frodo]; Billy; Viggo [Mortensen, who plays Aragorn]; Ian McKellen; Sean Astin; [and] Andy Serkis [Gollum]. I felt more sorry for like, Orlando [Bloom, who plays Legolas; he] had to go on his own. Christopher Lee [Saruman] ... turned up when we were just about to leave. ... So we still had that kind of camaraderie going on. Yeah, it was sad, but we had fun, man. We had so much fun down there." Return of the King opens Dec. 17.

Posted by Ith at July 29, 2003 6:20 PM