The Lord of the Rings: Viggo Mortensen shot a scene on a bomb field

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And Peter Jackson was afraid to see his actor explode.

On the occasion of the rebroadcast of Return of the king, tonight on TMC, we republish this anecdote of Peter Jackson, told in October 2018.

You thought you knew everything about the trilogy The Lord of the Rings by Peter Jackson? Maybe not. A new book by Ian Nathan entitled Anything You Can Imagine: Peter Jackson and the Making of Middle-Earth, looks back on the epic shooting of the three films and in particular that of the Return of the king. We learn a lot of things, including that the epic speech scene from Aragon (Viggo Mortensen) at the Black Gate was filmed in the Rangipo desert, New Zealand. A place once used by the local military, and its basement is stuffed with bombs that just wait to explode if someone steps on it.

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Before filming, the New Zealand military had designated one of the few places where Jackson could put his cameras. Except that Viggo Mortensen improvised at the time and passed through an unmarked area with his horse. ” Jackson remembers waiting for the explosion ”, Nathan writes in the book. ” After finding the perfect Aragorn, they were going to see him get blown up by an old New Zealand bomb “. In the end, everything went well, of course, and Mortensen quickly got back on track. Fans will have heard of the anecdote before in the bonuses Return of the King.

We learn in passing that the actor took his sword everywhere with him and even slept under the stars every night.

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The synopsis of Return of the king : Sauron’s armies attacked Minas Tirith, the capital of Gondor. Never has this once powerful kingdom needed its king so much. But will Aragorn find in him the will to fulfill his destiny?

As Gandalf strives to support the shattered forces of Gondor, Théoden urges the warriors of Rohan to join the fight. But in spite of their courage and their loyalty, the forces of the Men are not of size to fight against the innumerable legions of enemies which fall on the kingdom …

Each victory comes at the cost of immense sacrifices. Despite its losses, the Fellowship throws itself into the battle for life, its members doing everything to distract Sauron’s attention in order to give Frodo a chance to complete his quest.

Traveling through enemy lands, the latter must rest on Sam and Gollum, while the Ring continues to tempt him …

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