During “The Lord of the Rings”, several actors were in pain, forced to run despite their injuries caused earlier during filming. Peter Jackson returns to this unfortunate episode.
On the set of the Two Towers, the second feature film in Peter Jackson’s trilogy, adapting the work of JRR Tolkien The Lord of the Rings, it was not all easy. Actors Viggo Mortensen like Orlando Bloom got injured, and still had to strain to ensure the shooting schedule.
The scene concerned takes place after the first quarter of an hour of the film, when Gimli, Aragorn and Legolas are continuing Uruks-Haï having kidnapped their comrades Merry and Pippin.
Here’s what Peter Jackson says about this chase scene in the movie’s audio commentary (full text):
Viggo had broken a toe, Brett Beattie, who overtook Gimli, had dislocated his knee and Orlando had cracked a rib while falling from his horse. I found myself filming three cripples running.
Moreover, during the editing, the raw images do not lie: “On the rushes, we see them limping, dragging their paws and grimacing, but that didn’t stop them from scrambling to get the shot right.” Nice feat of the actors and the stuntman dubbing John Rhys-Davies (Gimli).
“To film the pursuit of our three trackers”, says Peter Jackson about the staging of these forced march sequences, “I chose to let the camera move as much as possible, in order to have fluid shots where the camera is almost never fixed. These three never stop and the camera follows this movement”.
More info? Jackson specifies in this audio interview that it was the second-team directors John Mahaffie and Geoff Murphy who signed the aerial shots of these sequences, made in a helicopter, and that the close-ups with the actors were provided by himself.
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