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Apr 4 2011, 10:33pm

Post #126 of 129 (296 views)
reading between the lines [In reply to] Can't Post

I think a lot hasn't been said from the filmmakers' side as well. Interestingly, I ran into this comment while researching some of the bit roles in the LOTR movies.

Xander Forterie is a Dutch makeup artist and sculptor who worked on the make up and prosthetics Orcs and for Dwarves and played a Dwarf in the prologue. Additionally he sculpted a bust of that same Dwarf for Weta.

In an interview he said
(Google translation from the original Dutch)
Work on a large film set was a bit of getting used to. Forterie "it went on far more professional than we were before accustomed to working in the Netherlands. Aragorn, for example, originally played by another actor but he was misbehaving on the set. He was immediately thrown out and Viggo Mortensen took his place. They were quite severe. "

(original in case anyone in the know wants to correct the translation)
Het werk op een grote filmset was wel even wennen. Forterie: 'het ging er wat professioneler aan toe dan we daarvoor gewend waren van werk in Nederland. Aragorn werd bijvoorbeeld oorspronkelijk gespeeld door een andere acteur maar die had zich misdragen op de set. Hij werd er meteen uitgegooid en Viggo Mortensen nam zijn plaats in. Ze waren behoorlijk streng.'

Page in original Dutch

Page translated by Google

I think it's the only comment I've read on the matter that wasn't the official line or from Townsend himself.

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Apr 5 2011, 2:06am

Post #127 of 129 (275 views)
That doesn't surprise me. [In reply to] Can't Post

Just PJ's unwillingness to go further and praise Townsend's efforts, the way he did so many of the actors, made me think there was no love lost there. But whether he's avoiding a lawsuit or just didn't want bad press surrounding his movie, he's taken the high road by not trash talking. Townsend should probably have done the same. Every actor who isn't already name above the title (and even those guys, really) should be worried that good directors will want to work with him without worrying about prima donnas.


Apr 5 2011, 2:14am

Post #128 of 129 (286 views)
Yeah, I thought I remembered reading that he was hard to get along with... [In reply to] Can't Post

wonder where that could have been from? Too many years have gone by for me to remember exactly.

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Apr 5 2011, 2:16am

Post #129 of 129 (345 views)
Who'd want to work with someone who talks publicly like this about anyone? [In reply to] Can't Post

I felt sorry for Mr. Townsend when this thread began. Not so much the more I learn about him. Looks like he has personality issues that would make it very difficult to have him in a working environment. Anybody who's worked with someone difficult(and who hasn't?) knows how poisonous that can be to morale, and we know how big a part good cameraderie played in the filming of LOTR. He may still deserve some sympathy--he must be a very difficult person to be--but he doesn't deserve a part in TH. And if he ever had a chance, he pretty much eliminated them with that comment.

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