TV 2 Nettavisen meets all three of them a cold winterday in Berlin. On December 15th, they will appear at the special fest-premiere of "Return of the King" in Oslo Spektrum, in support to Amnesty International. "A great gesture" says King Théoden, or Bernard Hill and Viggo Mortensen.
by the ticket-line
" Norway is probably the country were most inhabitants have seen "Lord of the Rings", besides Denmark. To come there, is nice for us. Like in Wellington, it isn't a party only for us, but for the fans also, he says. The recent world premere was special for everyone involved."
"People in Wellington paid from their tax-money and gave us moral support long before anyone knew that "Lord of the Rings" would be so popular. Even to the party now, the poeple in New Zealand donated their own money, but they don't talk about it, says Mortensen."
"I'm not anti against other countries, he explains and laughs, and shows his support to the UN with a big pin on his jacket. Another pin on his jacket says: "I'm an American - and I'm against war"."
from Sigurd Drakedreper
"I was sitting on the plane with the big book, says Mortensen and raises his eyebrows. But as I was reading I saw a clear connection to the Norwegian sagas, and especially the saga about Sigurd Drakedreper. Several of the names in Tolkien's work are spelled the same, and quotes from the book are almost taken straight out of the sagas. My knowledge to the Nordic mythology was a big help, but not vital. For that, living and shooting the films in New Zealand was more important for all of us, he says."
of the choice
"I just think that it is so limited. Most of all, the story is about hope, that you can find a platform and stand united. Both Aragorn, Elrond and other powerful characters in Tolkien's work have their moments, where they have doubts and are scared - because they concider the consequences of what they have to do. It's an important message today also, a theme we all can relate too, he says."
Cases like that should state their opinion, or else it means that they agree, says Mortensen. A journalist want to know if there is a George W. Bush in the film.
"I want give him that great importance. I think Bush in many ways are directed by others. He could maybe been a Saruman - someone who thinks he has the power, but doesn't really have it. But he could also be a Boromir. At the same time, Boromis raises above his desire for power at the end. No, I think he has more parallels to a nazgul."
Publication: Norwegian TV2
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