'Jackson takes time out from Middle-earth'

Peter Jackson may have had enough of filming hobbits and elves as he completes the final Lord of the Rings instalment but, like any good Kiwi dad, he's happy to pick up a handycam to film his son playing rugby.

Not content with spending his weekdays looking through a lens, the film maker was also filming as his son Billy scooped the man of the match award on a chilly Wellington Saturday morning.

It was precious time out for the fiercely protective father as he scrambles to complete The Return of the King for its December 1 world premiere in Wellington - and even he does not know when the film will be finished.

"We're shooting, we're cutting, the visual effects still have a long way to go before they are done, we haven't started recording the music yet - so for me there may be light at the end of the tunnel, but the premiere in December still seems a long, long way away from where I am at the moment," he told the Lord of the Rings' official fan magazine.

Jackson admitted to sadness that he had now finished filming scenes with the trilogy's stars.-

"I have experienced my last day of shooting Elijah Wood as Frodo and my last day of shooting Viggo (Mortensen) as Aragorn. Those to me are more profound than what my personal last day is going to be."

He said The Return of the King would be the best of the three films, and his personal favourite.

"It is the movie that I want to be most proud of, so I am working very hard to make sure that happens," he said.

"I think when people look back at the three films, I want Return of the King to be the one that really lingers with them in terms of the emotional experience.

"I want it to be the reason why we made the other two films."

Jackson also revealed he had hoped to bring JRR Tolkien's other classic book The Hobbit to the big screen, but the film rights are tied up in a "complex" arrangement involving a rival Hollywood studio---Sunday Star Times

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