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Peter Jackson - Return of the King

h3LordoftheRingsreturnsofthekingPeterJacksoninterviewh3pPeterJacksonReturnoftheKingInterviewbyPaulFischerinLosAngeles.brbrPeterJacksonwasinanupbeatmoodashebeganhismarathonroundofinterviewspromotingthefinallongawaitedchapterinhisepicLordoftheRingstrilogy.SportinghistrademarkpurpletshirtkhakishortsbutshoesandsocksJacksondoesntquiteknowwhetherornotheisreallygladthathisdreamprojectisatend.AmIgladitsoverherepeatswhenaskedinaLosAngeleshotelroom.ThreefilmsfeelsgoodhemuseseventhoughthedirectorisstillworkingontheDVDextendededition.ThreeyearsfollowingourfirstinterviewinNewYorkJacksonissurprisedbutgratifiedthatevennowheisabletotalkaboutafilmtrilogythathasconsumedhimforclosetoadecade.IguessthatitsgoodthatweretalkingaboutitbecauseiftheywerentverysuccessfulnobodywouldwanttotalkaboutitsoIguessitisasignthatpeoplearerespondingwelltothemovie.HeconcedesespeciallyatatimewhenHollywoodstudiostakefewrisksthatembarkingonthismonumentalundertakingwasanunbelievablegambleagamblethatalllogicandcommonsensewouldtellyouthatitshouldnthappen.brbrYethappenitdidwithTheFellowshipoftheRinghavingtakenwelloverm100muchtothereliefofHollywoodsNewLineCinemaandnaturallyJacksonhimselfwhoadmitshewascertainlymorerelievedthansurprisedwhenFellowshiptooktheworldbystorm..YouneverknoworhaveacluewhatyouremakingwhenyouremakingitsoattheendofthedayallthatIeverrelyonismakingthemovieformyself.IthinkthatthiswaskindoffraughtwithlittletrapswhereifwelistenedtoomuchtowhattheTolkienfanswantedortheiropinionsthatwewouldtripourselvesupandsowejustregardedOURSELVESasTolkienfans.ThusthedecisionsthatwemadewerereallyjustwhatwewantedtoenjoyoutoftheLordoftheRings.brbrTheReturnoftheKingoffersTolkienandmoviefansalikeanemotionalconclusiontotheclassictrilogyduringwhichFrodoSamandGollummakethefinallegofthejourneytoMountDoomtodestroytheRingwhileAragornandtherestofthegroupdefendthecityofGondorfromthearmiesofSauron.ForJacksonthetrilogyisallaboutthefinalewhichhasalwaysremainedhisfavourite.WealwaysfeltthatReturnoftheKingwasforusthestrongestfilmsimplyonthebasisthatithadaclimaxandanemotionalpayoff.Thereasonwhyyoumakeatrilogyisbecauseyouwanttogettothelastoneasthelastchapteristhereasonforthefirsttwoevenexistingsoitalwaysfeltthemostcomfortableofthescriptstous.brbrInterestinglyJacksonfirstsawthefinishedfilmatitsNewZealandpremierewithallvisualeffectsandcolourgrading.HeadmittedlikingthefinishedfilmhesayswithtypicalmodestybutIwasabitdistractedbybeinginterestedinwhateveryoneelsesreactionwastoitsoIwasntabletodisengagefromthefactthatthiswasthefirstpublicscreeningofthemovieandthefirstopportunitythatIhadtogaugewhatpeoplewerethinkingofthefilm.Petersaysthathecouldeasilyhaveworkedmoreonthefilmevenconcedingthatnothingisperfectandweveneveronceatanystagehadascripteditspecialeffectsshotoramusiccuewherewevesaidthatsperfectdonttouchathing.Yougettoapointwhenyourunoutoftimesoifwedworkedonitanotherweekormonthitwouldhavebeenbetter.Scriptswouldbebetterifyouworkedonthemlongerbutatsomepointyouhavetosenditoutintothebigworldandhopethatpeoplelikeit.brbrimgsrchttpwww.girl.com.auimglordofringsking.jpgalthspace5vspace5alignrightMuchtalkofReturnoftheKinghascentredonOscarspeculation.AfteralloftheseyearsperhapsJacksonwilladmittoactuallywantingtoclutchthatOscarthistimearound.TheseOscarquestionsareterriblebecauseyouredamnedifyoudoandyouredammedifyoudont.AsakidthatgrewupmakingmovieswinninganOscarisobviouslyanabsolutedream.ItspossiblethatthesemoviesaretheclosestImevergoingtocometoanOscarasIimagineKingKongisnotgoingtogetmeasclosetoanOscarasLordOfTheRings.ThereforeitwouldbereallyreallynicetowinanOscarbutwehavethefantasystigmaagainstussoIhavenorealidea.ImhappytotrytodisengageandnotgetemotionallyinvestedinitbutratherletotherpeopledotheOscarthingandseewhathappens.brbrTalkingaboutKingKongJacksonsmammothfollowuptoRingsJacksonwhohasthrownouttheoldscriptandisrewritingfromscratchsaysthatheisutilisinghisRingsexperiencesintohisallnewKong.WhatwearedoingwithKongnowwhichisalessonthatwelearntfromLordoftheRingsistoactuallytreatitasveryreal.WhatwedidwithRingswastosayokwehavethefantasyelementstohavetheBalrogtheTrollsOrcsElvesandDwarvesbutweregoingtowriteitwithadegreeoftruthwithintheworldthatthestoryexistsin.SowetriedtoeliminatealotofartificeandsimplicityfromitandtriedtoactuallyhavetheactorsplaytheirrolesasgenuinelyastheycouldandwithasmuchdepthandtruespiritastheycouldandwethinkthatKongisgoingtobeinterestingifwedothatwithKongnow.OurfirstscriptthatwewrotewasaveryHollywoodIndianJonesytypethingandnowwethinkitisgoingtobemuchmoreinteresting.HowwouldyoureactifyouwenttoanislandandfounddinosaursandagiantgorillaHowwouldyoureactifyouseethewomanbeingkidnappedbythegorillaIfyouwereawomanhowwouldyoureactifyouwerekidnappedbythegorillaWhatwouldyoudoAndtheexplorationofwhatyouwoulddoandhowyouwouldfeelandwhoisKongandwhyishedoingthisandwhatdoesherepresentandtomakehimreal.Soourinterestnowliesinwritingascriptwhichnowhasalotofemotionaltruthtoit.brbrInthemeantimetheLordoftheRingstrilogyhasnotonlymadethishobbitlikeNewZealanderoneofthemostcelebrateddirectorsoftodaybuthasbroughtthemythologyandideologyofTolkientoagenerationoffascinatedandeagermoviegoers.Nowthatitsmoreorlessoveronewonderswhatledtohisinitialobsession.JacksonpondersthequestionandhisresponseisconciseWantingtoseethefinishedfilm.Thatsimpleitappears.IdonthaveanyagendasotherthanIjustlovemoviesandIalwayshavesoyougetexcitedaboutanideaofafilmwhetherornotitsadaptingLordOfTheRingsorafilmaboutanoriginalscreenplayideasoformewhatsbehindtheexcitementisthefactthatonedaythiscouldbeafinishedmoviethatyoucouldlookatwhichotherpeoplecouldsee.AsforwhytheTolkienmythologyremainssocontemporaryJacksonsaysthatitstimeless.AllofthethemesthatTolkienwroteaboutwerestuffthathewaspassionateabout.WhatIlikeaboutTolkienisthathewaswoundupaboutquiteafewthingsandputalotofhisopinionsandbeliefsintothebook.HewasaheadofhistimeinsomecaseswithhisloveoftheEnglishcountrysidehishatredoffactorieshishatredofchoppingforestsdowntofueltheenginesofindustrywhichgrewoutofthe60sinaway.Hewrotethisbookbetween1939and1953sonoonewascaringabouttheforestsparticularlywhenhewasandsoinsomeinstancespoliticalthinkinghasactuallycaughtuptoTolkien.ButotherthemesofhisareverymuchmoreonboardlikethethemeoffriendshipandofwarandthefactthatsomewarsareworthfightingwhichTolkienwascertainlysayingandthatwhatisworthfightingisenslavement.Thatifpeoplearetryingtoenslaveyouthenyoushouldstandupagainstthemandfightbackandyethealsoveryclearlywasmakingapointthatifyouwinthatwaryoudontreallywin.ThattherearenoultimatewinnersinawarthereareonlypeoplethatloseandyoucomeoutofwarchangedandnomatterwhatthejustnessisofthewaryoucomehomeandyouredifferentwhichisobviouslyverymuchtrueofFrodo.Hedidntwinbutlostwhohewasandlosthissenseofinnocenceeventhoughwhathedidwasjustified.brbrstrongLORDOFTHERINGSTHERETURNOFTHEKINGopensonboxingday.strongbrbrbrp


 
 



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