The Fellowship Diary - Part Two - Memories are made of these...

Orlando Bloom
One day, I did the highest bungeejump in New Zealand. Five times in the space of half an hour! I knew the producers wouldn''t be too pleased about it so I only told them afterwards."

Elijah Wood
We had six weeks of prep before the film, so we really got very close very quickly, which is just wonderful. And I've made friends for life, truly beautiful people, and they're perfectly cast. The first month, we were just doing Hobbit material, so it kinda felt like the Hobbit movie for a while! We were the four Hobbits, always together. But now they're breaking us up, and we're doing different parts of the film, so it's a bit weird, you know, because we spent so much time together initially.

Dominic Monaghan
We're brothers, you know, I was thinking about this a few days ago. I was having a shave and I was thinking about the boys. I'm kind of a believer in reincarnation and that stuff, and I feel i cannot have made these friendships by chance. I feel we've met each other before and it was our destiny to come together, like it's destiny of the characters to come together. I have a brother, and these guys are close to me as any brother could be. We laughed and we cried and we went through hell together. But, we also had some incredibly fun times. Hobbits are very positive people, and that's how we behaved on set. We tried to bring people up and make them feel good, because that's what hobbits are like. It was an incredible experience. It just changed all of us. It was like being in The Beatles, you know.

Sean Bean
We spent a whole year of our lives together. We learned to socialise and accept other people from different backgrounds, as we do in the Fellowship in the film. We all used to go out together, and then the hobbits would break off and play pool. If I wasn't hanging out with all the guys in the Fellowship, I'd hang out with Viggo Mortensen. You could say he was my best friend on the film.

Miranda Rivers
I think the logistics of trying to shoot with so many [camera] crews. Also New Zealand's weather is really up and down. We had all kinds of extremes. I remember one day we were in Queenstown and we were sunburned from the day before because it had been sunny and we'd all been in hats and sunscreen. And then the next day it started snowing. We were sunburned and it was snowing!

Sean Astin
I had so many embarrassing moments while filming the Lord of the Rings trilogy. One of the worst is from the third movie. I was sitting in Rivendell, an elf paradise, and an 80-pound wooden prop fell and landed on my head. The crew raced over and picked the thing off my head and I came to. A lump started growing, and the wig that was glued to my head lifted up and started pulling off. I got a CAT scan and luckily, I had no brain damage. The neurologist said I had a very large brain, though. I'm proud about that.

Viggo Mortensen
The honest truth is that I would have regretted not doing it. I had to decide immediately and get on the plane, and I knew that I would regret it if I hadn't done it. But what I didn't count on was how strong the bond would be with the cast and crew. Everybody was really wonderful. It's a lasting thing. That was an unexpected gift.

Liv Tyler
Women go nuts over Viggo, but he's the kind of guy who never looks at himself. On the set, we each had a station with a big mirror. His was covered by pictures of his son and a photo collage of the crew. There wasn't one little speck left for him to look.

Elijah Wood
I hadn't met Sean before. I met him about four or five days before I flew to New Zealand for the first time. He was getting his wig fitted, as I needed to get mine fitted. I went to this hotel, and we kind of crossed paths in the lobby. Obviously we both knew who [the] other was. And we kind of stopped and looked at each other, and we just ran and gave each other a massive hug--and that was the first time I ever met him. It was this instant connection because we knew what we were about to embark on together.

Miranda Rivers
You used the New Zealand army at some points? Yes. We used them for a whole lot of battle scenes. The army are another kettle of fish altogether because they are trained to kill. They were trying to kill each other with our fake rubber props. But you ask those guys to march, and they know how to march. By the end, we were just these casting machines. It also became a gag for us. We had no personal lives anymore. We would walk down the street, and people were not people, they were types: I'd be going, 'Hobbit!' 'Elf!' 'Uruk-hai!' 'Rohan!' I got a lot of elves off the street

Sean Bean
Lord of the Rings was just so much enjoyment. It was over about the space of a year that I was filming. It's one of the most enjoyable things I've ever done...so emotional. Peter Jackson is an incredible director. He's very on top of things and thoroughly researched...and he knew exactly what he wanted and what was happening at any particular time on any set. He had a little bicycle so that he could peddle to the next set....

Liv Tyler
One of my most vivid memories is doing this horse chase in the beginning of film one. The Black Riders are chasing me--I think it's in the trailer. I was shooting a lot of stuff without anybody else there [just a blue screen so the special effects could be put in later]. I was so embarrassed, and I was having such a hard time imagining everything, and I was all crumbling inside. And when I was finished I went over to another stage and the boys were all doing something even more embarrassing [laughs]. There was some kind of explosion and they were all jumping. It put me at ease. It helped me get over myself and not be so uptight.

Elijah Wood
Oh, I love it! It's just so beautiful, so laidback and relaxed. People are so friendly. They don't have any airs about them. There's a bit of a bohemian lifestyle in Wellington that I really dug.The locals became very used to us and brought us right into their culture. They loved us. It was great -- we had our local haunts where we went to all the time. People probably assume that the locals were bothering us all the time, but not at all. Initially they may have been in awe, but the novelty wore off. Eventually they were just like, "Oh, Lord of the Rings? Cool. How's it going?"

Viggo Mortensen
I was very sad to leave. In fact, I stayed on a little while afterward. I can't imagine that I would ever grow tired of the place or the people. I don't know. I can't describe it. And no matter where we were or how [difficult the shooting schedule was] we had a sense that we were all on an epic journey. That was palpable on a daily basis. You don't get that feeling very often on a movie set--and you certainly don't get it every day for a year and a half.

Sean Bean
I'm not a very good flier, though I'm getting better. It's the turbulence which really gets me. Orlando andI decided to drive and take the ferry instead. The only problem was Orlando's propensity for shopping. He had to stop at every shop to get Christmas presents. It was pouring with rain, so I was saying: 'Look, we've got to get going or there's going to be a landslide'. And sure enough, there was. We turned back to find another one so we were stuck in the middle of nowhere. They sent a chopper to airlift us out - even worse than a Dakota! It was still raining and we were flying through mountain passes and the windscreen wipers were going like mad. I said: 'Can't you just drop us there in that field?', but they wouldn't. I was gripping Orlando's kneecap so hard I must have nearly broken it. He was saying: 'It's OK' but he still takes the piss out of me for that.

Sean Astin
When I agreed to do fifteen months making LOTR, I don't think I really understood what an awesome commitment of time it was. While we were making the movie, I read 40 books and Elijah Wood and I probably played 4000 hours of Sony Playstation. It was two birthdays for my daughter. The only way to describe the experience is how close people become, I imagine, when they're in the military overseas together -- that's how it felt for us.

Liv Tyler
When I arrived, the boys had all been there for a month so it was weird. Well, it wasn't weird, but they had already established this really intense bond and I was immediately invited into that and treated with extra nice boy treatment. But you know, just by the nature of who their characters are, all being part of the fellowship, it was important that they all had that bond together.

Dominic Monaghan
Well we're just brothers you know. I have one real brother, but I have nine people who I would call my brothers. We spent about 15 hours a day seven days a week with each other. We fought and we laughed and we cried we went through every single level of emotion. You are doing things that we will never do with anyone ever again. We flew into storms in planes and having to land in airports at three in the morning and going up in helicopters, flying over whales and dolphins, and bungee jumping and surfing. It was life experiences. We all just became very close and relied on each other for support. It's strange because if you imagined that you were working with these people six days a week you would have thought that on your one day off you would say I'll see you tomorrow, go home and watch movies, but we wouldn't. We'd all go for breakfast together we would all go out. Even since finishing - it's been a year - I speak to one of the guys at least every other day. I know where they all are and where they are working so that in itself was a reason to do the movie.

Sean Bean
"We were travelling down by road from the top of the south island, from Wellington to Queenstown, and it's about a 10 hour journey, and it just happened that we had a lot of water...a lot of rainfall...and the road we were on was only a two lane road, and banks collapsed behind us and in front of us...and we were sort of stuck in this little place for a couple of days...me and Orlando Bloom.... We were on the phone a lot...wondering when a helicopter was going to come and take us out."

Viggo Mortensen
I mean, occasionally we had some days off. But toward the end of filming, it was six days a week and rarely less than 14 hours a day--for me, anyway. There was one gigantic battle sequence that some of us worked on all night every night for three months straight, which is insane. It was dark and wet. That was a real tough one for the cast and crew and it forged strong friendships. People made an effort to enjoy themselves and spend time with each other because we became part of each other's lives one way or another. On a shoot that long, people get together, people come apart, marriages falter, people get ill, people get pregnant, people get injured. It's just like a giant traveling circus.

Elijah Wood
It was amazing. And it was so much more amazing than it was difficult. But the truth of the matter is that it was one of the most difficult experiences of anyone's life. I've never felt so tired in my life, and the things that were asked of us--physically, mentally, emotionally, constantly--were really extreme. But at the end of the day, it didn't matter because we were so passionate about what we were a part of.

Ian McKellen
Pete wears the shorts! And he only owns two shirts. They're both pink. You can never be certain which one he's got on. But there's a lot of energy under there and willpower and ambition.

Elijah Wood
We never knew. About a month into the production, it became very obvious that we could not rely on the schedule. It was constantly changing. I've never seen a schedule change so much. Weather was a huge factor. Sometimes actors weren't available yet because they were coming from overseas. The script was constantly changing--and that's a positive thing. Normally when people mention that a script had to be rewritten constantly I think people tend to assume that that's a negative, or that something was wrong. And that wasn't the case with this film. It was just trying to find the right balance with Tolkien and a filmic kind of perspective--trying to include as much Tolkien as possible without making it too obscure.

Ian McKellen
If I had been familiar with some of those movies I think I might have been less keen to join the band. But I think that making "Lord of the Rings" was an act of faith for a lot of people. The minute I got there I knew it was going to be all right. Ian Holm [who plays Bilbo Baggins] arrived he said, "What's it like? Is it going to be all right?" And I said, "You won't want to leave." And a month later he said, "I don't want to leave! I want to stay!"

Liv Tyler
Peter never seem stressed making three movies at once which I found amazing because we were all stressed out and he wasn't. He was very calm and very in love with what he was doing. Very dedicated and completely committed ... I was floored, too, by the fact that we weren't ever bothered by the studio. There was so much space given and I suppose that Peter demanded that. I've worked on films before where I've watched the directors get really bombarded by producers and studios and it really stifles your ability to make the film that you want, and it's very imposing and it's sad to watch. That did not happen on this in any way. They gave Peter a lot of freedom.

Miranda Rivers
You have no idea what I've seen. People knew they had a very short time to impress, so I had the guy in the green tights playing the bag pipes. I had the man with the scroll talking to me only in elfish when I only wanted to know his name. I had the guy who sat at the piano playing me all this music and wouldn't leave. I had the gothic with the black hair and the full body piercing trying to be just involved somehow. I said, "Would you be willing to take out your piercing?" And they took offense at that. They wanted to know, "Why?! What's wrong with it? Why can't I be who I am?!" I'm like, "This is Middle-earth." I saw all types.

 

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