Interview with Orlando, Viggo & Elijah, Sci-Fi (Brazil), May 9, 2002
Translated by Juliana
Thanks to www.orlandomultimedia.net
How did you react when you saw the movie?
It was very strange to
see myself with blond hair and blue eyes. But the aspect of Legolas was inspired
from the descriptions of the book. As an elf, he had to be blond and look
angelical. I'm a very lucky person. Lord of the Rings is already in the history
of the cinema.
From whom was the idea of the fellowship
I think it was
mine, I don't know [laughs]. I already had a
tattoo on my belly. I thought of the
tattoo to celebrate our friendship, the time we spent together in New Zealand.
Viggo called a tattoo parlor and asked if it was possible to do nine
the same time, on a Sunday. The man refused. The next day, Viggo went to the
tattoo parlor wearing Aragorn's clothes, with his sword in one hand. [ laughs ].
So, he explained that we were making the movie Lord of the Rings. The man opened
his tattoo parlor just for us. All the nine got the tattoo done, a nine in
elvish. Even Sir Ian McKellen got one...
Legolas was an opportunity to explore your talent as an actor out of the
In this first movie, Legolas is more of a presence, the eyes and
the ears of the fellowship. He doesn't laugh much, is higher than the others. He
sees this journey with much seriousness. i had to go to New Zealand two months
before the shooting starts, just to train with bow and arrow, paddling, mounting
and learn elvish. At one point we were really exhausted, shooting 18 hours each
day! It was a big challenge. I think that in this movie Legolas has a discreet
role. The character, meanwhile, will develop in the next movies. There are many
scenes that i would love to see in The fellowship of the Ring, but are cut. But
in the end, Peter [Jackson] managed to refine each character in his essence. And
there's more Legolas coming up.
Legolas became very popular among the female fans. Especially in Brazil,
where You became a sex symbol.
Are you kidding?
Really?? [happy] I'm
buying my ticket to Brazil tomorrow!!! Only in brazil, where the most beautiful
women in the world are? I'm flattered!
When did you first read J.R.R Tolkienís books?
I read The Hobbit
when I was a kid, but I never had the time to read the trilogy. Sometimes
I looked at them and thought: "I have to catch up with them", but I never had the
time. When the opportunity to play the role of Frodo came up, then I read the
book. I wanted that role so much that I decided to record a tape and send it to
the studio. When I finally met Peter Jackson, he asked me if I was really ready
to spend fifteen months in another country filming the Lord of the Rings. I said
sure! it was the chance of a lifetime! When I arrived in New Zealand, I was only
You are considered one of the most talented actors of your generation, the
critics use to say that youíre a responsible person. Is it possible to keep a
normal routine and avoid the destiny, which is sometimes tragic, for some actors
I owe everything to my mom. She is responsible for who I
am as a person or as an actor. If educating your son is a difficult task,
imagine how to educate him in the Hollywood world, with so many dangerous
influences. I can tell you that my mother helps me to be a responsible person. I
appreciate the family life, and I like to do normal things such as go to the
news-stand to buy a magazine, go out to talk with my friends. Thereís more in
life than Hollywood. The secret is to take this profession like any other. And
don't loose the notion of who you are as a human being.
Frodo will be in the news-stand, the library, the malls, the cerealís box,
in every places. Do you fear that your image could get consumed too quickly?
Frodo, Frodo, Frodo! People will say, "I canít stand this guy anymore!" I
know. Sorry guys, but it will only be for three years. [laughs]. Well, itís a
risk that I have to take. But I prefer not think about it now.
The movie is out now. How was the first and the last day of filming?
My biggest fear was to get to New Zealand, and then, after one whole day
of filming, staying alone in my room without anyone to talk to. But it was
amazing, I felt like home. I made a true friendship. Even after the filming we
kept in contact by phone. As everybody know, we decided to celebrate this
friendship with a tattoo. My tattoo is on my belly [and he shows the tattoo.].
It was really amazing. The last day was sad. We went through ups and downs
together. All of us were unhappy, after a long time, we wanted to go home, to
see our family. But we compensated it with our friendship. Iím sure that a new
meeting will happen soon.
Which director, of all youíve worked with, was the most difficult to work
You want me to get into trouble? [ laughs]. I had a lot of luck
with all the people Iíve worked with. Ang Lee, for example, was the director
that helped me grow up as an actor. Before the Ice Storm, I used to be more
intuitive. Ang Lee helped me to discover the character in every details, to
understand his psychology, his causes. Working with Peter was fun. He is
eccentric, practically a hobbit. But is a totally lovely person. "
Did you read any Tolkien's books?
To be honest, no I didn't. But
when I started to read the script, I immediately recognized many of the elements
of the history. Due to my upbringing (he's Danish), I've grown up hearing
legends from the Nordic mythology, which inspired professor Tolkien.
Is it true that you hurt yourself in one fighting scene?
broke a tooth. Making a saga like this needs a lot of heroism. But it's
impossible not to get hurt, with so many trainings and fights that we had to do.
This is the kind of thing that at the end of filming, someone is always bound to
get scratches and bruises but it's worth it. I was very happy with the magic of
some characters and places like Moria or Rivendell. I'm very happy with the
You were called to replace Stuart Townsend (who was fired) for Aragorn's
role. What's it like to arrive in the middle of filming?
It was strange
to replace another actor in the same role, I was flattered by this invitation,
but on the other hand, I was appalled. I missed the time to get deep into the
character. I think that one of the factors which influenced the replacement was
my age. Aragorn had to be more mature. Maybe, in a few years, Stuart will be
ready for this role. The atmosphere was heavy at that moment, with lots of
things happening. But then everything was alright again.
In the movie, the kiss between Aragorn and Arwen divided the fanatics of
Tolkien's books. Was it positive to increase, a little bit, the romance of the
What was added in the first movie was enough. The romance
between Arwen and Aragorn must be subtle. Any other change would be against the
Tolkien's literary composition.
When the fellowship lost Gandalf, Aragorn assumed the leadership of the
group. What would be the history without the presence of the character?
think that Strider brings out part of the courage, action and heroism that we
see in the movie. He always puts the interest of the hobbits first, he cares
about them. He is noble. More of his character will be revealed in the next