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Elijah Wood Says LOTR Orc Was Designed To Look Like Harvey Weinstein

Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood recalls seeing an orc mask that resembled the disgraced producer, who nearly worked on the fantasy trilogy.

Elijah Wood reveals there was a Lord of the Rings orc costume designed specifically to look like Harvey Weinstein. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the first Lord of the Rings movie, The Fellowship of the Ring, and Peter Jackson’s trilogy still remains the pinnacle of cinematic fantasy adaptations. Praised for its epic scope and stunning technical elements, The Lord of the Rings has received the adoration of both fans and critics alike. Though Jackson attempted to recreate the magic with The Hobbit years later, it’s the original series that has gone down in movie history.

And yet, when one considers its origins, it’s almost a wonder that The Lord of the Rings truly has become so iconic. In the 90s, it was disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein’s company Miramax that nabbed the rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s book series. Jackson was brought on with his partner Fran Walsh to develop The Lord of the Rings, but when it became clear his vision wouldn’t be possible under Weinstein’s thumb, Jackson sought to move his script elsewhere. Weinstein attempted to make the process difficult, but Jackson managed to bring The Lord of the Rings over to New Line Cinema, where the trilogy was eventually made.

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