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Why does everyone talk about Bret McKenzie?
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haarp
Rivendell

Dec 11 2012, 3:16pm

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Why does everyone talk about Bret McKenzie? Can't Post

He had one line in Return of the King and that was it. He's been spotted in The Hobbit and now people keep talking about him. Why is this guy so famous?


(This post was edited by dernwyn on Dec 11 2012, 5:10pm)


BlackCountry
Rivendell


Dec 11 2012, 3:19pm

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Flight of the Conchords, buddy!! [In reply to] Can't Post

Still I do wish an actual Elf character were to better utilised rather than a made up character.

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Cave Troll
Rivendell

Dec 11 2012, 3:21pm

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Bit harsh! [In reply to] Can't Post

I think he gets a lot of attention because he's someone general audiences - including people who think fantasy is silly - recognise and like.

I knew several people who'll probably find seeing him the high point of the film. Unsure


Crunchable Birdses
Rohan


Dec 11 2012, 3:21pm

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because he's pretty, funny and a musician [In reply to] Can't Post

Duh.

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Lusitano
Tol Eressea


Dec 11 2012, 3:27pm

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And they say [In reply to] Can't Post

im harsh! CrazyMad

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AlatarVinyamar
Lorien

Dec 11 2012, 3:35pm

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Its Figwit [In reply to] Can't Post

Its because of the FIGWIT phenomenon. Bret McKensie was in the panning shot just after Frodo announced he would take the Ring to Mordor in Fellowship. A fan over on TORC spotted him and said "Frodo is great.... Who is THAT!!!" Hence the FIGWIT nickname. It became a sort of Internet Meme and Peter Jackson became aware of it and invited Bret to cameo in The Two Towers, but their schedules clashed with a Flight of the Conchords tour. As a result he cameoed in Return of the King and again in The Hobbit. Its just a little nod to the fans from PJ.


Pousette
Rivendell


Dec 11 2012, 3:40pm

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Lindir isn't made up. / [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Thoromir
Rivendell


Dec 11 2012, 3:42pm

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Britt? [In reply to] Can't Post

Anyone?Angelic



Pousette
Rivendell


Dec 11 2012, 3:47pm

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Are you serious? [In reply to] Can't Post

Because this almost sounds ironic. I get uncomfortable when I don't know if people are kidding or not.

If you're not kidding, he's famous from Flight of the Conchords, and in geektown from being very pretty in FOTR and even speaking in ROTK!


DanielLB
Immortal


Dec 11 2012, 4:09pm

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Are you talking about the character he plays, or the actual actor? [In reply to] Can't Post

I have no idea what else he's been in, but the character is iconic.

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Mahtion
Rivendell

Dec 11 2012, 4:22pm

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Oscar winner Bret Mckenzie [In reply to] Can't Post

Well he is one of the few dark haired elves other than Elrond. His popularity compelled or influenced Jackson to give him lines in ROTK. Also the man won an Oscar I believe for writing the muppet song in that recent muppet movie. Perhaps people and the audience in general relate to him better than other background elves.


Rohirrim Rider
Rivendell


Dec 11 2012, 4:28pm

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As Bilbo would say [In reply to] Can't Post

"It's just a bit of fun!"

He's a popular actor - at least amongst his fans - and a very friendly, funny and charming guy. So a handful of people here and there, whether they know him from the Figwit meme or Flight of the Conchords, will give him a nod of recognition in the film.

Not sure how well you can judge a man from a fleeting glimpse in FOTR and a line in ROTK.


(This post was edited by dernwyn on Dec 11 2012, 5:11pm)


mutelock
Bree


Dec 11 2012, 5:03pm

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As Coco would say... [In reply to] Can't Post

"I like your British accent." Wink


JWPlatt
Grey Havens


Dec 11 2012, 5:03pm

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So... [In reply to] Can't Post

That just begs the question:

What's Flight of the Conchords?


mutelock
Bree


Dec 11 2012, 5:05pm

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New Zealand's 4th most popular folk parody duo // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


JWPlatt
Grey Havens


Dec 11 2012, 5:12pm

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Only 4th? [In reply to] Can't Post

That must reduce their value on ebay. ;)


mutelock
Bree


Dec 11 2012, 5:17pm

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And self-proclaimed. // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Thoromir
Rivendell


Dec 11 2012, 5:24pm

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They're awesome^^ [In reply to] Can't Post

Band meeting! :P
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVfxaqktqdQ

So it's nice to see him (Bret) in cameo roles.



Ataahua
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Dec 11 2012, 6:14pm

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Just to correct the history, [In reply to] Can't Post

it was a fan on TORN - either inDUHvidual or Arwenelf, I forget which - not on TORC, who coined FIGWIT and started the Figwit website.

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 beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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(This post was edited by Ataahua on Dec 11 2012, 6:35pm)


shadowdog
Rohan

Dec 11 2012, 6:26pm

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You don't know who [In reply to] Can't Post

FIGWIT is????????Crazy Of course he is famous.....or infamous. Wink


Arthael
Lorien


Dec 11 2012, 6:30pm

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They're a *comedy* folk act [In reply to] Can't Post

Look up their HBO show. Funny stuff!

I suspect he was featured as an extra in FotR simply because he was (at the time) just a fairly unknown New Zealand actor that shows up to the casting call.

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Zherkezhi
Bree


Dec 11 2012, 6:42pm

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As with most memes [In reply to] Can't Post

you can learn about the origin of Figwit at

http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/figwit


Ataahua
Superuser / Moderator


Dec 11 2012, 7:19pm

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Aha! [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks for that. So it was inDUHvidual who named him, and both she and Arwenelf created Figwit Lives. It's nice to have that sorted out in my head. :)

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 beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Zherkezhi
Bree


Dec 11 2012, 7:45pm

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You're welcome! :) [In reply to] Can't Post

(Although, it is, of course, possible that the author of this entry made a mistake of some sort... )


AlassŽa Eruvande
Valinor


Dec 11 2012, 7:56pm

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Aha-ha-ha! [In reply to] Can't Post

I remembered the nick of the Figwit creator, so when the meme article mentioned her real name, I was like, "Wrong! That's not her name!" BlushCrazyLaugh



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