Lord Of The Rings orc was based on Harvey Weinstein, Frodo actor reveals

Superstar director Peter Jackson’s tussle with shamed Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein over how the Lord Of The Rings films should be made is part of movie-production folklore.

The films were due to made under Weinstein’s Miramax brand, but he told Jackson he would not be allowed to make three films – based on J R R Tolkein’s trilogy – so the director upped and left to New Line Cinema, which helped turn the franchise into one of the biggest in movie history.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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