Amusing interview with next Australian star David Wenham who talks about his character Faramir in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings.
Here are some excerpts:
Faramir, son of Denethor II and brother of Boromir, is a great warrior but also very gentle and fragile. What do you think about him and his brother Boromir?
Boromir is more hot-tempered, more red-blooded. Faramir nearly is like the ideal person, the ideal man. In a way. There is a wonderful stuff in the book about the fact that he’d never killed a creature whitout a good reason. He’s a man that is very easy to respect.
What about his sad relationship with his father Denethor II?
Faramir has grown up in strange situation… but not an uncommon one. Growing up in a family where he has a father who obviously prefers the oldest son. Sometimes fathers prefer the youngest son but not in this case.
Maybe one of the reason of this tension between Faramir and his father is caused by the fact that Denethor hates Gandalf meanwhile Faramir loves Gandalf nearly more than his father. Do you agree?
Absolutely. I can only agree and i’m sure that there is a jealousy from Denethor towards Gandalf of that friendship of Gandalf and Faramir. And it manifests itself in a frustration with the youngest son by Denethor and an obvious preference for Boromir.
What about your relationship with Aragorn and with Eowyn. Aragorn was Eowyn’s first love. She was your first love… Faramir and Aragorn are great friends…
It just reflects what happens in the world. I think that this part of the story is a true reflection of what happens in our lives. I don’t think that Eowyn has any regrets about his love for Aragorn. That’s life. Some people pine for one particular person, love doesn’t happen but then circumstances change and other opportunities arrive.
Which was Peter Jackson filmaking approach to this part, a little bit soaping, of the story?
What Peter has done not only with this part of The Lord of the Rings but with all the book and all the story, is to be as truthful and real as possible in every situation. He was adamant about that and so hopefully about that this part of the story will come across as very real and very believable for the audience. So it won’t be greatly pathetic from the audience to swallow the fact that Eowyn is nearly changed between her obsession for Aragorn and then her love for Faramir.
Did Peter Jackson leave you actors free to do something not included in the script or in the book itself?
I think that the best thing about Peter is the fact that he’s a director who is so clear in his vision that basically we went along with Peter’s vision. Everybody involved in this film, had a very clear image of what we were going to create. Thanks to Peter.
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