Elijah Wood says ‘Rings’ orc monster modeled after Harvey Weinstein


Peter Jackson’s famed “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy turns 20 this yr — and star Elijah Wood has a secret to share.

The 40-year-old claimed {that a} monstrous orc costume was designed to appear like disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein as payback for some tough negotiations relating to the flick.

Wood, who performed Frodo within the movie franchise, stopped by Dax Shepard’s podcast “Armchair Expert” to debate that anecdote involving the fantasy-adventure flick.

The “LOTR” franchise was primarily based on writer J. R. R. Tolkien’s books, and Weinstein’s then-production firm, Miramax, purchased the rights to the literature.

Jackson, 59, had a selected imaginative and prescient for the movies. However, by the mid-Nineteen Nineties, it appeared that the films weren’t going to be made the best way he wished, so the director reportedly requested Weinstein, 69, about taking them to different studios.

“And Miramax said, ‘We will only give it back to you in turnaround, but two things have to happen. One: You have to go get it set up this weekend. And two: Whoever agrees has to agree to make all three at once,’” in keeping with Shepard, a professed fan of the movies.

“The window of time was insane,” Wood defined. Jackson shopped it round Hollywood and wound up putting a take care of New Line Cinema founder Bob Shaye, “who said, ‘We have to do three,’ which is insane,” the “Wilfred” actor continued. “An incredible risk. Miramax thought there was no chance in hell.”

But the trilogy was launched in theaters from 2001 till 2003 and in addition spawned the prequel trilogy for “The Hobbit.”

Wood starred within the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, in addition to its prequel “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”
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And that’s when Wood then recalled the alleged Weinstein doppelgänger.

“It’s funny — this was recently spoken about because Dom [Monaghan] and Bill [Boyd, who played Hobbits Merry and Pippin in the movies] have a podcast, ‘The Friendship Onion.’ They were talking to Sean Astin [who played Samwise] about his first memory of getting to New Zealand,” recalled Wood. “He had seen these orc masks. And one of many orc masks — and I keep in mind this vividly — was designed to appear like Harvey Weinstein as a kind of a f–okay you.

“I think that is OK to talk about now — the guy is f–king incarcerated,” Wood joked. “F–k him.”

Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in jail in March 2020.

Weinstein is presently serving a 23-year sentence for rape and sexual battery.

Last month, the previous Weinstein Company head responded to a declare from Angelina Jolie that mentioned she needed to “escape” a gathering with him earlier in her profession. “It is brazenly untrue and clickbait publicity,” Weinstein said in a statement at the time. “You’re Angelina Jolie, every male and female in the world, I’m sure, shows interest in you. Is the whole world assaulting you?”