Wednesday, December 6, 2023

John Rhys-Davies, Gimli in The Lord of the Rings, was “ashamed” of his role: “I was paranoid”

In 2001, Peter Jackson He showed the world what would be the first of the three great masterpieces that make up The Lord of the Rings. Her Adaptations of the works of JRR Tolkien They are one of the best trilogies in the history of cinema and have brought fame to several of its actors. Among them was John Rhys-Davies, Gimli on the big screen but he doesn’t have a good memory of the filming and feels “embarrassed”.

The three films were shot simultaneously in New Zealand and took at least 100 minutes to shoot 15 months. Enough time to strengthen team spirit and of course enjoy the surroundings and occasional excursions. As Allocine publishes, the reason why the beloved Gimli didn’t have such a good time was because Prosthesis that he wore on his face.

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“Poor John! “It took him four days of rest to do one day of makeup,” says Elijah Wood (Frodo). “The prosthetics, the glue, the plastic and everything else.” They ate at his skin. (…). “It must have been terrible,” says Sean Astin (Sam) in some audio recordings from the first part of the trilogy.

Gimli and his memory of “The Lord of the Rings”

In statements picked up by Sensacine, Rhys-Davies expresses his own perspective on the experiences surrounding filming: “It disfigured me so much that I became isolated and paranoid, very alone.. I didn’t want to go out or have dinner with other people. I wanted to be alone, I was ashamed of my face. And for me the most fun is being with other people.”

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For him it was a shame to see that everyone got along, “They hung out together” and “They were joking” and he was unable to be part of this “companionship.” “It was fun watching Sean and Viggo. They often went out to eat together. They were the same age and had the same interests,” he says.

“There was only one thing that didn’t mix: This paranoid dwarf man who had no skin around his eyes. “I have never felt more ashamed than I did during this production,” he adds. In fact, I do. He was offered to return for The Hobbit, but he declined the suggestion. in order not to go through the process of prosthetics on the face again.

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