KABC AM 790 Los Angeles morning radio host Amy is looking forward to a live-action version of “Lord of the Rings” but Dave fears that the films characters will not live up to the reader’s imaginations.
While driving into work Wednesday morning, I was surprised to hear Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films being discussed on Los Angeles radio station KABC AM 790. Normally news about movies doesn’t reach radio stations until they are about to be released.
It so happens that KABC morning radio hosts Dave & Amy are long-time Tolkien fans, but today was the first day they had heard about the films.
When Amy brought up the news report expressing Peter Jackson’s enthusiasm for the films and relief that the 15-month shoot was finally over, Dave replied, “Oh, no. They’re not making films out of those. They’re my favorite series of books. I don’t want to see someone else’s impressions of Gandalf and Gollum. I already know what they look like.” Dave eventually decided that he would see at least the first film, but thought that what made Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 animated version of Lord of the Rings a failure was that its representation of the characters could not meet the expectations of the audience’s imaginations.
However, Amy and traffic reporter “Captain Jorge” Jarrin seemed quite excited by the prospect of live-action Lord of the Rings films.
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