Orlando Interview, Total Film (UK), January 2003
By Iain Blair
Everyone’s favourite elf explains how he
perfected his sword swings for The Two Towers’
colossal battle scenes…
How did your extra work
in The Two Towers compare with your initial work on
It was easier in some ways, because we all knew our
characters by then. The Fellowship Of The Ring
concentrated on introducing the whole world and setting up the story. At the
time, it was all so new to us as well.
There’s a lot more action in this movie, though.
Yeah, and that was harder. There
are these massive battle scenes with tons of CG effects, but all the sword
fighting I do is real. It was all modelled on Japanese samurai warriors. They
don’t even get angry when they fight, they just use their swords very
efficiently. So I had to master all that.
In the first film, there’s some rivalry between Legolas and Gimli, the dwarf. Does that
continue in this movie?
Yes, because us elves basically look at
dwarves as these muddy, dirty creatures who just steal from the earth without
ever giving anything back to it. But in the second film you see them begin to
respect each other a bit more.
You got a special tattoo
during the shoot, along with the rest of The Fellowship. Can you imagine
yourself doing that on any other film?
No, only for Lord Of The Rings. It goes to show you what sort of
experience it was. There was a great sense of camaraderie.