Viggo Mortensen criticizes Peter Jackson: too many digital special effects in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

The Fellowship of the Ring returns to television tonight.

Aragorn does not like The Hobbit ? In an interview with The Telegraph dating from May 2014, Viggo Mortensen shared his take on the second fantasy saga of Peter Jackson in the world of JRR Tolkien. We share his words on the occasion of the replay of the first opus of the entire franchise, The Fellowship of the Ring, tonight on TMC.

Shortly before the theatrical release of The Hobbit 3, one of the heroes of the Lord of the Rings revealed to not really appreciate the turn taken by this universe, but on the other hand remembered with emotion the shooting of the first three films: “It was going at such a speed, there were so many film crews, it was really crazy. But it’s true that the script of the first one was much better organized”, remembers the actor. “Peter was always a tech geek, but once he had the wherewithal to do what he wanted, when the technology really took off, he never looked back. In the first movie. , okay, there is Rivendell, Mordor, but they have a kind of organic quality, actors playing between them, real landscapes. It’s more realistic. The second movie was already starting to be more delirious for my taste, and the third was really too packed with special effects. It was grandiose but all the subtlety of the first film was gradually lost in the next two. Now, with The Hobbit and the sequel, that’s the power of 10 . “ In short, the actor regrets that there are too many digital special effects in the Tolkien version Jackson, except in The Fellowship of the Ring

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For Viggo, Jackson’s transformation into a genius DIY apostle of “do-it-yourself” and the mechanical effect (Bad Taste, Brain Dead) in full digital style actually dates from 2001, when Peter had to go on reshoots to improve The two towers and The king’s return, the second and third films of the trilogy whose first edits were apparently very badly done: “Anyone who says they knew it was going to be a huge success, I believe they are lying. No one would have guessed until they saw the first twenty minutes presented at Cannes in May 2001”, explains Viggo. “The production was in shambles, and Peter had spent a lot of money. Officially, he finished it all in December 2000 – the three films in the trilogy were all shot then – but really the second and the third film were awful. They were awful. were sloppy, not finished at all. There had to be a lot of reshoots, and we did it year after year. But Peter would never have had the money if the first one hadn’t been so successful. The second and third film would be released directly on video … “

Conclusion, according to Mortensen, Peter simply went through the system. “I believe Peter has become like Ridley scott, an industrial filmmaker, with all these people who depend on him. But I think it’s a matter of choice. I asked Ridley when I worked with him [sur A Armes égales avec Demi Moore en 1997], “why don’t you make another film like Les Duellistes?” Without answer… “When it came to Peter, I was sure he was going to go back to a smaller-scale movie like Heavenly Creatures, like his project on New Zealand soldiers in WWI. But he did King Kong. And afterwards. Lovely Bones, I thought it was going to be his little movie. Problem is, he shot it for $ 90 million. He should have done it for $ 15 million. The genie – the special effects – got out of the bottle and possessed it. I think he’s happy … “

Viggo’s politeness does not hide a certain bitterness. And Lovely Bones was indeed a box office disappointment, prompting Jackson to return to Tolkien and resume the adaptation project of The Hobbit after the version of Guillermo Del Toro broke his face with the MGM. Mortensen looks happy, him, and certainly comfortable scratching The Lord of the Rings Yet brought him worldwide notoriety. He managed not to be devoured by the role and was able to continue his career thanks to a meeting with David Cronenberg (History of Violence, The Shadow Promises, A Dangerous Method). He is moreover himself moved on to directing recently with drama Falling.

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