Interviews with The Lord of the Rings Cast and Crew

On December 2, 2003, Jonathan was invited to interview the actors and crew of The Lord of the Rings.

Recorded on a 2000s-era iPod, the audio quality isn’t great (but there are subtitles). Enjoy this trip down memory lane!

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Peter Jackson

Director

Peter Jackson isn’t shy about what motivated him to create the films.  He clearly was doing it for the love of the source material.

Ian McKellen

Gandalf

Ian McKellen didn’t let his own ideas get in the way of performing Gandalf–he read Tolkien EVERY NIGHT so that what was written was forefront in his performance!

Viggo Mortensen

Aragorn

Viggo Mortensen is soft-spoken, thoughtful, and calm.  But he brought a determined intensity to the role of Aragorn that became clear not only in the finished film, but also in his preparation and confidence in the crew around him.

Philippa Boyens

Screenwriter

Philippa Boyens likely influenced the script as much as Peter Jackson did, and was known for trying to lift lines directly from the book instead of rewriting them for “modern audiences”

Liv Tyler and Orlando Bloom

Arwen and Legolas

Liv Tyler and Orlando Bloom joined us to talk their thoughts about the films, their careers, and the crazy premiere in Wellington for Return of the King.