Our partner IGN is reporting on the news that the New Zealand army is no longer available. Here’s what they’re saying:
And we thought that the army of darkness that serves under the Evil Eye, Sauron, Lord of the Rings, et. al., wasn’t supposed to flee the battlefield in a mad panic until the end of the movie.
Unfortunately though for Peter Jackson and his Lord of the Rings team, now filming in New Zealand, thousands of new extras must be found, since the New Zealand Army, which was originally going to help the film out, can no longer be a part of the production.
According to The OneRing.net, the New Zealand army has made a commitment to the UN peacekeeping efforts in East Timor. This is definitely understandable, and we wish the best for the New Zealanders, but as a result, thousands of army troops who would have made up the armies of Rohan, Gondor, Isengard, and Mordor are now no longer available, and a call has gone out for more extras.
So if you’ve got several thousand friends of warrior-mien, get on your horses and get down to New Zealand and help out, okay?