We all know that one of the ugliest creatures in fantasy fiction to have ever existed were the orcs in Lord of the Rings. JRR Tolkein designed them to be that ugly, to demonstrate the ugliness of industrialization. And Peter Jackson did a tremendous job in representing them in his Lord of the Rings trilogy. But, it turns out he took inspiration from a real-life monster. It has been revealed that Jackson designed one Lord of the Rings orc was designed to resemble Harvey Weinstein.
For Elijah Wood, the Lord of the Rings trilogy is, for now, the biggest project of his entire life. Understandably, whenever he is invited to an interview or podcast, this trilogy is more than often the subject of the conversation. This time, Wood revealed just how bad things can get if you’re on the bad side of Peter Jackson. While talking on Dax Shepherd’s Armchair Expert podcast with co-host Monica Padman, the Frodo Baggins actor revealed something really interesting to the hosts. He explained that while filming th trilogy, Peter Jackson specifically had one Lord of the Rings orc designed to resemble Harvey Weinstein.
There was a longstanding beef between Harvey Weinstein & Peter Jackson, which resulted in an orc that resembled him in Lord of the Rings
This topic came up on The Friendship Onion podcast, between co-hosts Dominic Monaghan and Billi Boyd. Of course, we know those two as Merry Brandybuck and Peregrin (Pippin) Took from the original trilogy. Wood recalled:
They were talking to Sean Astin about his first memory of getting to New Zealand for the first time. He had seen these orc masks. And one of the orc masks — and I remember this vividly — was designed to look like Harvey Weinstein as a sort of a f*** you. I think it’s okay to talk about this now. He’s f***ing incarcerated.
If you have truly followed Lord of the Rings as a fan, you’d know that initially, Harvey Weinstein and his company Miramax were going to finance the trilogy. However, Weinstein only wanted Jackson to make one or two movies, which was unacceptable to Jackson. But, the relationship between them became truly acrimonious when Weinstein allowed Jackson to pitch his movie to other studios. The trouble was that he only gave him one weekend to do so. Wood further explained:
The window of time was insane. They shopped it around town. Peter made a pitch video that’s pretty impressive, taken to a variety of places. Most people were balking at the notion of doing more than one film. The popular opinion was, ‘No, you have to see how the first movie does and then invest the rest of your money’.
Ultimately, Peter Jackson found New Line Cinema. Their, producer Bob Shaye understood the gargantuan potential of Lord of the Rings. and so, he agreed to make the three movies in their entirety. Moreover, that gave Jackson the chance to design a Lord of the Rings orc to resemble Harvey Weinstein. However, we don’t know for sure which orc, in particular, resembled Weinstein, as he looks similar to all of them. Let us know in the comments which one do you think it is.