This year marks 20 years since the release of the first film in the trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Sean Astin, who brought fame to the role of the hobbit Sam, told in an interview with Deadline what difficulties arose during the production of the tape.
The fantasy saga was filmed in New Zealand. New Line agreed to direct the entire trilogy before it became clear how successful the first film was. The budget for each of the paintings reached $ 120 million. And before “The Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson worked mainly on low-budget films, and his previous project “Scarecrows” failed at the box office.
Sean Astin also recalled that New Line nearly missed the mark with its marketing campaign. “The Lord of the Rings” was initially positioned as a film similar in spirit to the game “Dungeons and Dragons”.
The situation was turned around by the Cannes show, where Jackson, along with the main cast, went with a 26-minute video, which collected some of the best scenes.
Cannes Film Festival showed what we knew – the film is exciting, and we created something that will stand the test of time – said Astin.
The actor added that the attitude of advertisers has also changed:
After Cannes, they understood everything. [There were] posters showing only Elijah, his hands and a huge ring on them.
Despite all the fears, the fantasy trilogy has become one of the most profitable film series, grossing 2.91 billion at the box office.