HERE’S THE SCOOP:
- Elijah Wood revealed that one of the costumes in The Lord of the Rings purposefully resembles Harvey Weinstein.
- An orc mask bore a resemblance to Weinstein “as a sort of a f—k you.”
- Weinstein and filmmaker Peter Jackson butted heads during the film’s brief time at Miramax.
The Lord of The Rings team reportedly disliked disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein so much that they designed one of the costumes to insult him.
Star Elijah Wood, who played Frodo Baggins, revealed the unique costume inspiration during a recent podcast. He told Armchair Expert host Dax Shephard that co-star Sean Astin spotted a familiar-looking orc mask.
“He had seen these orc masks. And one of the orc masks — and I remember this vividly — was designed to look like Harvey Weinstein as a sort of a f—k you,” Wood said.
“I think that is OK to talk about now,” Wood added. “The guy is f—king incarcerated. F—k him.”
Weinstein’s production company Miramax initially held the rights to the franchise. According to Wood, filmmaker Peter Jackson first began developing the films at Miramax. Jackson wanted to make at least two films to adapt JRR Tolkein’s novels, but he hit a snag. Weinstein asked the director to adapt all three books into just one movie. He also threatened to replace Jackson with Quentin Tarantino, Wood said.
Then, Weinstein made it seemingly impossible for filmmaker Peter Jackson to take the films to another studio. When Jackson asked for permission to find a different producer, Weinstein agreed with a caveat. He only had one weekend to find another producer, and they must agree to work on all of the films or none.
Jackson eventually secured a deal with New Line Cinema — but he couldn’t help but take a shot at Weinstein with the unflattering likeness.
The trilogy made a whopping $2.92 billion at the box office.
Source: The Guardian