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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

LotR Limited Ed. DVD Extras (TTT) ~ with Billy, Dom, Viggo, & Orlando

Posted on 2006.10.17 at 12:31

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Mariole
mariole at 2006-10-18 00:06 (UTC) (Link)
They're so ridiculous! I agree, I love your commentary. Viggo's got a great retort. Orlando I think was also a little out of his league, first big film, sort of finding his feet. Whereas Viggo always struck me as a "get the job done" kind of guy, very workmanlike and trying to make the best of an endless shoot with a kid back home that he missed. I hope they can look back in fondness on this very special time in their lives.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-10-18 02:23 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I think they both do. Viggo is a very earthy man, very conscientiously earth-friendly and respectful of other peoples, as well as artistic and poetic in a general way. If nothing else made him feel the shoot was worth it, surely the heartfelt devotion and admiration of his "men" - the stunties and extras who worked with him all those ong hours - would have made the experience special. When they did that Maori hakka for him (which, they explained, they did for kings) at the end (RotK extras), I am sure he felt incredibly honoured. How many shoots would that ever happen on?

I think Bloom had a great time, too, but just doing all the boy stuff he liked - surfing, bungee jumping, drinking in the whole aura of film-makingk, and talking the hind end off a mule, that sort of thing. He definitely was out of his league playing "who's clow is bigger" with Viggo, though.

When I watch the extras, I often think that of all the major cast members, Orlando seemed the youngest, the most boyish in his outlook and behaviour. He did a great job as Legolas (I thought) but he really does seem like a kid.
Mariole
mariole at 2006-10-18 05:51 (UTC) (Link)
He IS a kid. Look at that picture; he's 12! :-D

I also adored his Legolas. I think the role was perfect for him. I really was stunned by the offscreen contrast to his real self. Well done, Orli!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-10-18 19:23 (UTC) (Link)
You're right, he really does look awfully young in those caps -- he acts even younger, though. I just can't get up a swoon for him, as much as I appreciate his work in LotR and think he's got a fine pair of legs for being an Elf -- and looks surprisingly good oiled up in Troy (for such a basically skinny guy). Well, candle and torch light never hurt anyone's looks; ask Mr. Baggins.
pearlette
pearlette at 2006-10-18 20:26 (UTC) (Link)
Orli was wonderful as Legolas. :)

Funny how I can say that, when he never EVER made me swoon. I mean, he's so beautiful as Legolas - moves just like an Elf, it's so lovely to watch - and yet my swoon-o-meter moves not an inch.

I do swoon for him as Will Turner in the second POTC outing.

But silky-smooth golden locks on a bloke clearly do nothing for me. Nope, it's the raw, rugged manliness of Aragorn - rawr! - or the ethereal eroticism of Frolijah for me.

Ahem. :p
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-10-18 20:41 (UTC) (Link)
I didn't see the second Pirates of the Caribbean film, not having been very impressed with the first ones. So he improved in that one?

No the silky-smooth blond locks didn't do anything for me, either, although I thought they worked great for him portraying an Elf.

But his dark tumble of curls in Troy made him look excessively dishy (well, I am sucker for dark curling locks, though...). Unfortunately, however good he looked to me in that film, the character of Paris was not one to inspire a quickened pulse.
pearlette
pearlette at 2006-10-18 21:06 (UTC) (Link)
The second POTC movie is not a patch on the first one. Orli and Johnny made it just about worth it. Yes, he's improved as Will. :) Mmmmm.

The Troy curls were gorgeous, sooooo Frodoesque, yum, but Paris is such a wimp!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-10-18 21:12 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, the Frodo-curls were lethal. I am sure I would enjoy screen-capping Orlando in oil and curls by torchlight from the otherwise bleh "love-scene" with the uninspiring Helen. I actually thought Orli was very good as Paris, making Paris a person for whom I felt empathy and pity, even if I couldn't admire or respect him, but he wasn't a character for whom I could ever cherish and infatuation.

So the second movie was poorer? I wondered, because Roger Ebert actually gave "PotC:Dead Man's Chest" four stars. Four stars! But he also preferred Crash to BBM, and failed to give any of the LotR films four stars. Why should I believe him?
pearlette
pearlette at 2006-10-19 10:29 (UTC) (Link)
I thought the first POTC was a gloriously fun, gloriously silly romp.

The second one is just overstuffed and a bit tedious. Too many Squid People, for starters.

That Robert Ebert. What does HE know, eh? :p

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