Total Request Live Transcript 12/14/01
Carlson Daly: Alight animals shut the hell
up will ya! You guys are the worst, our guests just arrived!
My god ...
Carlson Daly: Hi guys, nice to see you ... [more
Elijah: My my...
Carlson Daly: Happy
holidays Elijah, how are you ?
Elijah: Thank you! Very well, very
Carlson Daly: I see you all the time now, the press for this
movie, Lord Of The Rings, its out the 19th, is it overwhelming, its got to be
Elijah: It is overwhelming.
Are you sick of talking about it? I mean we love to hear what you have got to
say about the movie but it must drive you nuts!
Elijah: Kind of! I
think I've synopsized the film a million times, so ...
Liv: We've had like two weeks press so it's like all over the
Elijah: But we love the film, so in that way it's
easy to talk about.
Carlson Daly: Ok well we're amongst friends, so
lets break it down a little bit. People are treating this like the Star Wars
trilogy. You shot all 3 movies at once, right ?
Carlson Daly: Did it feel like you were shooting 3 separate movies or
did it feel like one giant epic ?
Liv: It was kind
of like one giant movie because we shot totally out of sequence, so sometimes on
one day we would shoot some of the 1st movie and some of the 3rd movie it was
just kind of ...
Elijah: Out of control.
Daly: How long did it take ? Each movies going to be released ... ?
Elijah: Every year. It took 16 months. I lived in New Zealand for 16
months, so ... It was as much of a journey making the films as it was, you know
... In some ways I think it mirrored that of the book, which was amazing.
Carlson Daly: Now I'm like the only idiot who has never read the
trilogy or the hobbit, like I have no idea! I cheated on all the high school red
cliff notes. [laughter]
Elijah: Have you seen the film ?
Carlson Daly: I've seen nothing!
Liv: That's the good thing about the movie, you can go see the
movie not having read the book and just be very happy and get everything
Carlson Daly: Is there any way to give the audience like a
Elijah: A taste, of what it's about.
Daly: ... yeah, of what's going on here.
Elijah: Basically it's
about Middle Earth, which is a fictional place, that is in peril because the one
ring, Sauron's ring the kind of evil dark lord - is trying to get the ring
Basically it's about Frodo, my character, who takes the ring, and the
fellowship of nine take the ring to Mordor to destroy the ring and save Middle
Earth... [laughs] I think that's it!
This most amazing small hobbit creature, like the smallest of all creatures is
the only one that can really handle this.
Carlson Daly: How
was New Zealand ? Cos that's an awfully long time to spend there.
Liv: Beautiful, really beautiful ...
Carlson Daly: Does the water in the toilet go [down] the
Elijah: It does, it does.
Carlson Daly: That's
the only question I wanted to ask them ... I have the entire cast here and I
care about stupid crap like that. [laughter]
Carlson Daly: Did
you go nuts ? Did you miss like the states, music and the Simpsons or anything ?
Elijah: I missed Mexican food, there was no Mexican food.
Carlson Daly: Nothing ? No burritos in New Zealand?
Elijah: They did but they were terrible, sorry ...
Daly: Did you eat roo ? Did they have Kangaroo ?
That's Australia, a hop, skip and a jump away...
Carlson Daly: I just
wanted to ask the phrase 'did you eat roo ?' [laughter]
Elijah: A lot of lamb though, lamb and deer.
Alright, fair enough ... The whole cast is here and it's like all guys!
Liv: Yeah, all guys ...
Daly: Was it like a boys club ?
Liv: Yeah it was
really cute, they're just so nice to me - I'm spoilt rotten!
Audience goes 'awww' and Elijah puts his head on Liv's shoulder (shows
how tiny he is!)
Carlson Daly: Oh that's nice.
Part 2: Elijah, Billy, Sean, Dom, Orlando & Liv Tyler
Daly: OK put your hands together for the rest of the cast of LOTR, Dominic
Monaghan, Billy Boyd, Orlando Bloom and Sean Astin!
[lots of cheering]
They all hug Elijah and Liv and sit down
Carlson Daly: Have a
seat fellas! Have you guys done this for like a movie special already ?
Dom: Yeah! We've done this for like the past 2 weeks...
Carlson Daly: It's great to have you guys here. Tell me about New
Zealand, and being in the mountains in New Zealand, what was that all about ?
Billy: It was just beautiful ...
Carlson Daly: Were you
shooting there ? Why were you there ?
Billy: Yeah! Well, you know ...
Sean: Cos they were there!
Orlando: Cos we were
snowboarding ... [laughter]
Carlson Daly: What did you eat ?
Liv: The food was outrageous.
Daly: Outrageous ? Good or bad ?
Liv: Just so
delicious, it's like you get so chubby and happy there.
Really good, yeah.
Sean: It's all about sheep ...
Daly: They don't serve sheep!
Sean: 33 million sheep and 3
million people in New Zealand, it's all about sheep. [laughter]
Carlson Daly: What does it taste like... chicken ?
Erm ... like chicken! [laughter]
Elijah: Like frogs legs ...
Carlson Daly: It's like sheep jerky.
[laughing] You don't say that in New Zealand, means something different
out there! [laughter]
Carlson Daly: Oh it does ? Thank god I
don't have a vacation, I'm certainly not going there ... Did you all go to
Australia on vacation ?
Dom: No, the 4... the 3 hobbits and Orli,
went to the Star Wars set, busted some moves ...
Carlson Daly: And
how was that ? Cos obviously there's a lot of talk about the Star Wars trilogy
and LOTR ...
Elijah: It was strange, I think they thought we were
weird, cos we refer to each other as hobbits, and the elf, so they were like
'you guys are way to close to your own worlds', it's a bit strange.
Orlando: There's no room for hobbits and elves here ...
Carlson Daly: They probably didn't build the sort of camaraderie that
you guys did, literally, on the set while making the trilogy that you guys did,
they were probably more actors, but Elijah explain the kind of bond, when you're
shooting 3 movies, that you have with your fellow cast mates.
Um, incredible we all became brothers, family, you know ... We had about 6
weeks before we started filming, just to kind of train and get ready for the
journey, and that was like every day together, then we spent all of our free
time together so, I mean ... best mates in the world.
So now that it's over, what do you do ? Do you call each other, stay in touch ?
Elijah: Oh yeah, absolutely ... I mean we're constantly having to do
press as well, so that brings us together, and these guys are moving out to Los
Orlando: We touch each other.
Dom: We do touch
each other. [laughter]
Carlson Daly: Yeah I just noticed that,
I just saw that.
Elijah: Well it's a hobbit kind of thing.
Dom: Can I just
apologize on TV for poking that girl over there in
the eye when I came in the lovely girl with the 'I love New York' T-shirt is
it? Oh 'I love The Calling'. [laughing] I poked her in the eye when I came out!
BANG 'oh I'm sorry!'
Elijah: Oh mate!
Dom: I'm sorry!
Carlson Daly: OK well people might not know LOTR, so lets start with
you Sean, and go down the line, and sort of describe your character in the film.
Sean: I play Sam, Sam is a hobbit, and basically I'm Frodo's
gardener, and if he needs anything on the trip I'm sort of there for him.
Elijah: He's got his back.
Dom: I play Merry, who's also a
Orlando: The gayest of all hobbits.
[smiling] ... the gayest of all hobbits, as Tolkien said.
Daly: Is that a happy hobbit or a gay hobbit ? [laughter]
Dom: Yeah, a happy hobbit! And he's another one of Frodo's
companions, you know, a protector and a cheeky kind of chappy, very good mates
Billy: And I play Pippin, and yeah Pippin's best friends
with Merry, and we cause a lot of trouble.
Orlando: And I play an
elf, Legolas, and I'm one of the nine of the fellowship, representing the elves,
and I offer my bow to Frodo, to protect him with that, kind of my weapon of
choice, my signature ...
Sean: He's wicked with the bow.
Liv: I'm Arwen, the elven princess ...
Orlando: ... and I have a crush on Arwen, the elven princess.
Dom: We all have a crush on
Orlando: She's the elven princess, what are you gonna do!
Carlson Daly: Before we get to Elijah, were there any other female
principals on the set ?
Liv: Yeah, there were 2
Cate Blanchett and Miranda Otto ...
Carlson Daly: Your time
wasn't solely with the boys here... some female love in a year.
Liv: Well there were loads of women on the crew and stuff, but
as far as the cast goes I was there the most.
Dom: But she's
... you're a boy-girl, you love being a boy.
am a boy-girl ... except for they pinch my butt and lift my skirt up and do sort
of rude things all the time! [laughter]
Carlson Daly: OK Elijah, lets finish off with you.
Elijah: I'm Elijah, I play Frodo Baggins, the ring bearer and I
basically ... aww ... Liv purrs at him I take the ring to Mordor to have
Carlson Daly: Do we need to set up the clip or just
play it ?
Elijah: Erm the clip, the clip, the clip ... what is the
Dom: Brandywine Bridge.
Elijah: Is it Brandywine
Bridge ? Being chased by ringwraiths.
Carlson Daly: LOTR, the entire
cast is here on TRL, it's out on Dec 19th.
[cheering] Plays LOTR clip
Part 3: Elijah, Billy, Sean, Dom, Orlando &
Carlson Daly: Here's some
questions to prove how well you really know each other, the first one's for Sean
- who's favourite movie's Rushmore, Sean ?
Dom: He said Sean!
Carlson Daly: Is that correct ? Yeah that's correct... Great
movie. Next one's for Billy. Who's favourite thing to eat on set was a subway
meat ball sandwich ?
Billy: [in American accent] Subway meatball,
would that be ... Sean Astin ? [cheers]
Oh that was hard (!)
Carlson Daly: No sheep meatball, just the
subway meatball right ?
Dom: And like 25 of them
Yeah at a time
Carlson Daly: Elijah, this one's for you. Who's said
their favourite band was The Beatles ?
Elijah: That would be Dominic
Monaghan, that's right
Carlson Daly: Impressive
Carlson Daly: You do know each other pretty well. Orlando, for
you, who said their favourite band is the Smashing
Oh that's Elijah
Elijah: That's right
Carlson Daly: Elijah
how much does it suck that like they just don't play anymore
It's very sad. I actually went and saw Zwan, in LA, Billy [Corgan]'s new band
Carlson Daly: How was it ?
Elijah: Unbelievable, really,
Carlson Daly: It's like Rage Against The Machine and the
Pumpkins, two of the greatest bands ...
Elijah: Sad, so sad. Their
greatest hits is great, lots of new added material ...
Alright. This last one is for Dominic. Who spent most of their time golfing when
they were not shooting ?
Dom: Sean Astin
Yes, exactly right! Alright, how about a round for the cast, we'll talk more in
a second ...
Sean: They're [the games of
golf] to work off the
Carlson Daly: You and I need to go play a little
golf ... [introduces music video]
[plays music video]
Carlson Daly: Before we let the cast go,
everybody who comes here, who's in movies, has to do our 15 second human trailer
... it's not so much the hard sell and what's it about, it's just you and the
camera, all the MTV kids at home, and why they need to see this movie, or the
trilogy for that matter ... Put it in your own words please, lets have 15
on the clock ... I'll get out of the way, and Sean can begin
The Lord Of The Rings is an important literally classic that everyone throughout
the last 50 years, who's been steeped in English history knows is a valued ...
[while poor Sean is talking, all the guys are messing around behind him; they
all start dancing like fools, Dom and Orlando start humping everyone, and Billy
tries to seduce the camera!]
Carlson Daly: There we are, the
fellowship, thank you very much, nice to meet you guys! Thanks to Elijah Wood,
Liv Tyler and the entire cast of Lord Of The Rings!