“Elrond” is Good at Keeping Secrets – New York Post

by Mar 7, 2001Lord of the Rings (Movies)

Hugo Weaving (Elrond).
Actor Hugo Weaving (Elrond) chuckles at the suggestion that his presence in New York City made him a prime kidnapping target for fanatical Webheads wanting to pick his brain about Lord of the Rings and the sequels to The Matrix. But it’s not far from the truth.

Here is an excerpt of an interview by Megan Turner.

Fans are so zealous they track the minutiae of filming progress and feverishly leap on every leak about both closely guarded productions. There have even been at least four arrests, after photos and documents were stolen from the Lord of the Rings set.

“People are complete freaks about Lord of the Rings,” Weaving says. “Some scripts were even stolen and posted on the Internet, but the scripts were changed quite a lot.

“There’s not much you can say about Lord of the Rings in terms of its story that’s not known already because of the novels. They are still very secretive about the scripts in one way.”

There’s even more secrecy surrounding the Matrix sequels. Weaving reveals that each page of the scripts, printed on paper that cannot be photocopied, has the cast or crew member’s name splashed across the middle of it so it can be traced.

Though filming begins in just three weeks, “even actors who’ve signed on haven’t got their scripts yet,” Weaving says. “They know they’re playing such-and-such a role, but they don’t know anything about it!

“I guess with a lot of money at stake, it’s fair enough, but I also think it’s a little bit over-the-top.”

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