NewsWire: February Force of Hobbit - E!Online
How do you balance the epic scale of the film with its intimate moments?
The interesting thing about LOTR is that the true villain of the film is a tiny gold ring. It's not a fire-breathing dragon, it's not a mechanical robot, it's not a shark. It's a tiny thing. The evil is psychological. And in the movies, the hardest things to convey onscreen are psychological things, because they're intangible.
How do you show the evil of the Ring?
I'm forever grappling to think of imaginative ways to show how evil the Ring is. And ultimately it can only ever be conveyed through shots of the Ring and shots of people and their faces and their eyes when they are encountering it. It's a challenge to make each character's encounter different. Some fall prey to the Ring a little faster than others. Music will be a huge factor here.
So, the Ring is a character in the film?
Yeah, we've almost given it a personality. Obviously, we have other villains--the Orcs, the Uruk-hai, Saruman, the Wargs, the Balrog--but all of them are secondary to Sauron, who is represented in the film, more than anything, by this tiny little ring.