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An interview with Hama (aka John Leigh)

Ataahua
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May 1 2010, 1:37am

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John Leigh is about to take on the role of New Zealand author Ronald Hugh Morrieson in the stage show Horseplay, and the NZ Herald caught up with him for a chat.

The full story is here (and it's a fascinating peek into the workings of Leigh's mind), but there are two LOTR-related snippets from him:


He is a very good mimic (although perhaps his John Rowles needs a little finessing.) He does a terrific Sir Ian McKellen. "I did not travel 4000 miles to trade words with a witless worm!"

He did an exchange with Christopher Lee on a The Lord of the Rings set. "I said, 'I used to watch all your films'. And he said, 'Oh yes. And who are you playing?' I said, 'I'm playing Hama, he's a Rohan ...' And he said, 'I'm sorry to have to tell you that your character dies.' And I said, 'A lot of my characters seem to die.' He said, 'That happens to me, too - but what can you do?' and swept away."

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded b*****d with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Ethel Duath
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May 1 2010, 3:28am

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What a stream-of-consciousness sort of person! I can't imagine trying to interview someone like that--reminds me of a couple of my violin students (off-topic is the topic.)

I loved the vignette of C. Lee. "Swept" sounds exactly right! He was the only actor in the movies that looked precisely like I'd pictured him from reading the books. Gandalf was close, though, but not quite--like laying a tranparent image over another one and having it not quite match (remember the old overhead projectors in school 'way back, anyone?). Not a criticism of course. It's just interesting how definite a picture we can form by means of little black and white symbols.

The part of the interview where Leigh says, "I've got my scarf on. I don't know why. It's not cold" and the whole picture the article paints of how he dresses reminds me of a story about C.S. Lewis (I think from the forward to his published letters) where a visitor is walking with him through the grounds of Oxford, and happens to mention an odd looking, water-logged lump on one of the bushes. Lewis said, "That looks like my hat." When they got closer, he said "It is my hat," grabbed, put it on his head and kept on walking. Sly


Kimi
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May 1 2010, 4:25am

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Looking forward to it.

After seeing John Leigh as "Sparky" in "Outrageous Fortune", I have even more respect for his range:-)


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ZeddZulZorander
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May 1 2010, 2:23pm

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I feel depressed after reading that interview. I feel sorry for the guy. I really liked how he played Hama in the Two Towers.


Ataahua
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May 1 2010, 9:21pm

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After seeing John Leigh as "Sparky" in "Outrageous Fortune", I have even more respect for his range:-)



His Sparky was disturbingly real (or really disturbing - either would be accurate!).

Would you post a review of the show? I'd love to know how he does.

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded b*****d with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Ataahua
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May 1 2010, 9:22pm

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Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded b*****d with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Ataahua
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May 1 2010, 9:28pm

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to see how his creative mind isn't constrained by *anything* - not the least straight lines of thought. But then I am fascinated by how our minds work anyway: How people with pretty much the same brain structure can get to similar (or better, or more insightful) conclusions by completely different paths.

A while back I was reading about a high-functioning Aspergus teen who was a genius at maths. He explained that he didn't think in numbers but in colour: Each number had its own colour and when he thought of a maths problem, he'd come to a new colour - and the number that colour represented was the correct answer.

There is no reason why that method should work - but for him, it did.

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded b*****d with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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grammaboodawg
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May 3 2010, 9:08am

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who would make an Awesome Dwarf!!! Just not Fili, Kili or Thorin please ;)


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~Hug like a hobbit!~

I really need these new films to take me back to, and not re-introduce me to, that magical world.



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