Our Sponsor Sideshow Collectibles Send us News
Lord of the Rings Tolkien
Search Tolkien
Lord of The RingsTheOneRing.net - Forged By And For Fans Of JRR Tolkien
Lord of The Rings Serving Middle-Earth Since The First Age

Lord of the Rings Movie News - J.R.R. Tolkien
Do you enjoy the 100% volunteer, not for profit services of TheOneRing.net?
Consider a donation!

  Main Index   Search Posts   Who's Online   Log in
The One Ring Forums: Tolkien Topics: Main:
Getting to know MrCere

News from Bree

Aug 7 2013, 11:11pm

Post #1 of 11 (303 views)
Getting to know MrCere Can't Post

Welcome to this months "Getting to know you" Q&A, this month we're talking to Senior Staffer and all round great guy, MrCere.

Kelvarhin: What are your thoughts on superstring theory?

MrCere: Well, theoretical physics isn't quite my area of specialty, mostly because math is my own personal Durin's Bane. But like others, I am troubled by the five different string theories. However, I buy into some of the possible crazy, theoretical ramifications of the theory, especially when dealing with the eternal nature of intelligences.

Wait - that question was a joke, wasn't it? (Kelvarhin: Paging Demosthenes ;) )

Which is your preferred form of transport; Planes, Trains or Automobiles?

MrCere: The correct answer is, "It depends" but for purposes of getting to know me better, I will say that money makes all the difference when it comes to transportation and I don't have much these days. To really answer I need to know: Am I driving a Bugatti or riding in a crowded Pinto or driving through a hurricane with Quickbeam, Justin and Grimlock? If I have top-notch rail accommodations, "train" is my answer. Windows and scenery and freedom to move or recline are pretty great and the point of the journey is not always to arrive.

Having said that, I never fly first class but due to the kindness of one person, one time, I have. And wow, that was a great experience. I have travelled a lot in the last three years and I enjoyed some of each but the more money a person can spend on transportation, the better it is. There is nothing wrong with a bicycle or a bus. Thinking a bit, I think in the last three years I have more miles behind me than the rest of my life combined.

Do you buy any of the movie related Collectibles?

MrCere: Is this another trick question? [Kelvarhin: Now would *I* do anything like that? 3:) ]

Assuming that Middle-earth movies are what is being asked about, yes. I was a heavy collector during the LOTR days and I also did freelance writing for Sideshow Collectibles, which allowed me to pick up items way beyond my reach otherwise.

I find the high-end collectibles of Middle-earth monsters to be much more satisfying than the character figures. I love, love, love the series of mini-helms that Sideshow made and Weta Workshop now releases. I have many, including some really rare ones (the crown of the Witch King and King Elessar's crown) but I am missing a few in the line and they are all but impossible to get now. They are all displayed and look cool.

I also bought all the LOTR action figures, and family literally gave them to me as Christmas presents, but they are boxed and in storage and I should sell them. I display some LOTR things in my Man Cave other than just the helms. The most dramatic piece I have is a large armoured Sauron figure that is displayed with a different piece, his mace, and a large, heavy and metal helm that might be 1:4 scale so I guess it is a shrine to Sauron on one shelf. I have a sweet Lurtz and a few others.

Now I really only collect Middle-earth books, including Tolkien books, because I am a student instead of a working man and there is no disposable income. I haven't picked up Weta's Hobbit movie books yet but I saw them in the production phase and they are mind-alteringly good. How can everybody not want those?

Really crazy pop-culture stuff still entices me though. For example I have a two full sets of the Burger King FOTR toys; one set opened, one set still in individual plastic bags. I had to eat a lot of Whoppers to get those. When the LOTR Pez sets came out, they were a must-buy.

What I really collect are comic book character Daredevil items which has been a life-long effort, but nobody here wants to read about that. I am a hopeless collector in so many ways.

How did you find TORn and why did you stick around?

MrCere: Well, the short version is Chris (Calisuri) adopted me. A couple of face-to-face exposures to him and he invited me to contribute, which changed my life. I love being part of a team that I feel is working for a good cause and I admired and still admire the TORn staff for doing what they do because of passion and not money. I also was really passionate about TORn Line Parties for the LOTR films.

But, before being asked to join the staff, I read the message boards from very early on but didn't contribute for a long, long while and then contributed a lot. I am back to not contributing these days because my exposure to the Hobbit films is such that anything I type there can and will be used against me in a court of law and because I don't quite feel like I fit in with all the speculating that goes on. I make it less fun for others I suspect.

Kelvarhin: And how is it to be invited by WB to attend the world premiere of The Hobbit? How much stress does it bring along? Can you do anything fun or is it just being ordered around where you have to be for the next press moment?

MrCere: Warner's invitation brought zero stress with it. I was a journalist for much of my adult life and covering things like that event are pretty easy. I was very anxious before the invitation came because I felt strongly that TORn should be there and should be reporting and needed to not only regurgitate other news agencies but understand the fan's viewpoint in our coverage.

This might be too much disclosure but that was shortly after the death of my father and so in real life perspective, covering a studio-generated event to generate press for its film is super easy, even relaxing and fun.

The real stress started when the logic board on my laptop died on the day of the premiere, which means I had no way to send news back to TORn. I had to beg and borrow time on others' computers to even post what I managed to post. I hated that and felt that I let the site down and fans down. There was abundant coverage, but not doing all I could, as well as I could, left me heartsick. However, we had the live feed, so that was better than anything I could write.

The saving grace? I had a video camera and friend Dan who paid his own way to be there, to shoot it and edit it. So, there was things like this I could share later.

Also, the rest of the TORn staff killed it that day, so no readers suffered.

I did some other stories from the same trip.

The answer to the second part of the question: Nearly all my time was scheduled, which was absolutely fine with me. We visited and reported on a lot of the people who made the films, not just the one-day event.

What is the most rewarding experience you have had and what made it so?

MrCere: This question is easy, assuming it was meant about TheOneRing.net and not life in general. Making friends, genuinely connecting with people, is the most rewarding aspect of being involved with TORn. This towers over everything else.

There have been some shockingly cool experiences, but you said "rewarding."

Kelvarhin: What is your most memorable TORn experience and what is still on your wish list?

MrCere: I have been very, very lucky and had many memorable experiences. I have tried very hard to make those experiences, so they didn't fall out of the sky and land on me, but, I fully recognise my good fortune.

The answer is: Being embedded for five weeks on The Hobbit during filming changed my DNA. I mean it. I suppose you want specifics from that but I am still hoping to be allowed to write about them and I signed NDAs that makes it so WB and the production will be legally allowed to eviscerate me and spread my remains to the four corners of the earth if I tell. I really, really, really want to share these with readers and am working on it. Promise.

To be honest, I thought there might be 10 questions about the embed but I know people have forgotten I even was there by now. (Kelvarhin: Anyone want to take a bet on that one?)

Kelvarhin: What big event haven't you been to yet, and would love to attend?

MrCere: I want to sit in the editing room with Peter and Jabez as they lock picture for the final time for The Hobbit: There and Back Again. I also want to sit in the same room with the same guys when they finish the final edit of the final Extended Edition.

Also, I look forward to the day I have a world premiere for my own film.

If you could be any of the members of the Fellowship and the company of Dwarves, who would you be and why?

MrCere: I guess I would be Aragorn since he gets to kiss Liv Tyler, er, Arwen. It actually is easier for me to relate to being human so that narrows the choices down and then Boromir dies.

Kelvarhin: How were you introduced to Tolkien and his writings and the whole LOTR franchise?

MrCere: I read them very early on, I believe on a road trip from Utah to Missouri. I showed them to friends to read and their parents and my friends thought I was making it up that I had read them because I was so young. Long before I knew anybody liked them, I loved them. I was a bit ticked at Frodo in LOTR because I was so invested in Bilbo and wanted to read more about him but eventually accepted Frodo as a main character. I may still not be over that. Sam is the hero of the story -- obviously.

I was also a passionate fan of Ralph Bakshi's film and spent many fruitless hours scouring the racks of video stores (kids, those are like going to the Red Box for a rental, but you could step into the Red Box and browse titles) for the second half of the film. Obviously they made it because, who would make only half the story? I am still looking.

Kelvarhin: What was your favourite cartoon when you were a little tyke?

MrCere: I loved and love, cartoons. It is exceptionally hard to pick one because there were and are, many. Assuming this doesn't mean pre-school years I liked everything from Battle of the Planets to Looney Tunes reruns, Tom and Jerry to Fractured Fairy Tales, The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, Thundar the Barbarian, The Super Friends and probably others I can't recall off the top of my head. I think The Last Airbender cartoon, made recently, is right up there with the best story telling anywhere.

I think Americans have really weird and limited ideas about cartoons. The form is beautiful and amazing and should never be considered only for children.

Kelvarhin: What is your level of culinary skill, and what are your most favourite foods and the foods you most gagged upon?

MrCere: I love to cook and I hate to clean up. A good burrito is my go-to meal but I have a serious love for good spicy food. Given a choice when going out I often choose Indian food, delicious curries, Thai food, Mexican food or fresh and excellent seafood.

If we go out to eat together I will probably insist you try my food if I deem it worthy and if you give me an opening, I will sample everybody's food while sharing my own.

Kelvarhin: What kind of music do you like?

MrCere: My favourite kind is good music. Bad music I like much less.

I tend to like complex rock music and hard rock. I get bored by empty lyrics and generally like to be able to be interested in both lyrics and music with a high level of musicianship. However, I really think we label music too much, which limits what we are open to. I find techno really appealing, some pop songs are perfect too. I appreciate classical music but listen to it much less often and admire those who passionately and authentically love it. I feel it is above my head.

Rich, smooth female vocals make me weak. If you put my iPod on random is plays a sometimes hilarious mix of things that don't fit together. I tend to favor albums over songs and feel that singles are only the sugary desert while the rest of the album is the meat and potatoes of good works of art.

I was greatly relieved when Rush was put in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame if that tells you anything.

Bands I listen to most in no particular order: Dream Theater, Tool, Coheed & Cambria, Rush, Scorpions, Metallica, Chris Cornell, Extreme, Coldplay, Days of the New, Sarah McLachlan, Faith No More, Gregorian chant music, Wolfmother, Muse and I will stop because this is getting absurd. In my opinion if you don't like those bands it means you don't actually know those bands well enough.

I worked concert security for a long time so I have seen a sick number of bands live.

Oh, plus I like New Age music like Mike Oldfield and Enigma. Slide guitar with twangy vocals means that country music is my own personal waterboarding.

What is the story behind your avatar on TORn? And why did you choose it?

MrCere: Well, when the internet ran on hamster wheels and AOL was the wheel, I liked a cartoon aardvark named "Cerebus" drawn and written by Dave Sim. I am a boy person and chose MrCere as my nickname and have used it since. I use pictures of Cerebus here and there.

Kelvarhin: What would you rather have: A lightsaber, a palantir or a cloak of invisibility?

MrCere: Palantir's are pretty limited and one can't really use a lightsaber routinely so I will take a cloak of invisibility, which for the record, has been around in D&D circles long before there was any Harry Potter.

What would be your cosplay of choice?

MrCere: My only real experience was dressing as one of the complete Bakshi's Fellowship and I was Boromir with a skirt, hair shirt and horny helmet. The whole troop was absolutely EPIC even if people thought I was a Viking and wondered why I was standing near Gandalf. If you mean favourite to look at, there is an entirely different answer.

Kelvarhin: Have you ever interviewed someone, where the interview just wasn't working?

MrCere: Yes. I managed to get a quick few minutes with Felicia Day at a Comic-Con one year (because I thought she was really going to be something, so I get credit for that!) to talk about Tolkien and fantasy and reading and I had some approaches in mind and I really was in a hurry and she was and I blew it. Fail. Also, I had Stan Lee on a live broadcast once and he corrected my pronunciation of a word (which didn't bother me and was funny and added to the event) and then we were meant to bring out another partner of his. This happened but no matter who you bring with Stan Lee, everybody wants to hear Stan Lee. So, I asked them a couple of questions to get the new guy clicked in. Stan thought that was all I needed from him so he encouraged us to keep talking and left. All the air left the building; The live audience and on-site audience were all about Stan. I felt naked and awkward and I had saved the best Stan questions for the end so he only got the fluffy, but audience pleasing stuff. It wasn't anything like a disaster, but it was far less than I hoped.

Kelvarhin: Do you have a favourite person you've interviewed? (And who's your least favourite?)

MrCere: A single favourite is hard but I interviewed comic book writer and artist Frank Miller when I was pretty green and his work had a big impact on my early life so it was pretty amazing and he wasn't rushed at all. It is the only time I have ever or will ever ask for an autograph but he signed some prized books for me. Also Matthias Jabs, a guitarist for Scorpions, also a big deal to me, and he was on a bus heading to Salt Lake City, so he was in the deserts of Utah with sketchy cell coverage. His phone went out and I thought it was over but he called back -- THREE TIMES -- which was beyond all comprehension, like he forgot he was a rock star. Metallica's Kirk Hammett (another guitarist) and I had a fascinating phone conversation while he drove to a concert in L.A., much better than the small article I was allowed to write. But finally, a movie director I cannot name at the moment spent an hour with me on his movie set and I asked all "the questions" I wanted to ask, thinking I would only get one or two, maybe three. That amount of time, considering the context, was pretty humbling and might be the number one. Least favourite? I want another crack at Felicia Day (who really is something now) in a better setting and there is one guy who twice was an authentic jerk that shall never be named. But but only one jerk!

If you could choose any people in the world, living or dead, who would be on your dream dinner party guest list?

MrCere: Well you didn't cap the number so that leaves me a lot of leeway! I picture a big long table, but not too big to ruin conversation, and I will take J.R.R. Tolkien and seat him by George R.R. Martin and Jane Austin. George Washington would be there with the ultimate American politician, Abraham Lincoln. If we can eliminate the language barrier please seat Aristotle and Leonardo da Vinci, Nikola Tesla and Marie Curie. Jesus Christ will be there with Adolph Hitler and I feel like this is badly answered and on top of that, either might completely overwhelm the whole event. Since its my list I would include some beautiful people that I shall keep to myself. We would of course play silly party games and get-to-know-you games to break the ice. Then, four or six people in my real life to help me wrap my head around it all later and to catch what I missed.

Wow, I want this to happen now! (Kelvarhin: Me too!)

From what you know, do you think fans will be happier with DoS and TABA, than they were over AUJ?

MrCere: I am completely compromised on these films. Good or bad, my vantage point can't be separated from the process. That is a bad answer so, I suspect book lovers who aren't casual with adaptation might have some tough things ahead to swallow. Movie-centric viewers are past the table-setting so I think yes. And I know, still a bad answer. I encourage everybody to see the film and decide for themselves!

Kelvarhin: I don't think that was a bad answer MrC, I asked for your opinion and that's what you've given :) Thank you for taking the time to talk to us, it's always a pleasure chatting with you.

As always a big thank you to all our message board regulars, DanielLB, Ataahua, Brethil, Lothwen, Ziggy Stardust, dernwyn, grammaboodawg and Rosie-with-the-ribbons, and Staffers, Demosthenes, Elessar and Justin for our questions this month.

If you would like to ask any questions yourself, just head over to our Message Boards, the sign up process is pretty painless. A lead post for questions is made at the beginning of each month on the Main board. Or from next month, you can check out the Frontpage for each months interviewee and email me your questions at kelvarhin@theonering.net.

Till next time from TORn's resident Tiger.


(This post was edited by Silverlode on Aug 8 2013, 5:40am)


Aug 8 2013, 8:14am

Post #2 of 11 (204 views)
This bit could quite possibly send The Hobbit board in to meltdown: [In reply to] Can't Post

MrCere: I am completely compromised on these films. Good or bad, my vantage point can't be separated from the process. That is a bad answer so, I suspect book lovers who aren't casual with adaptation might have some tough things ahead to swallow. Movie-centric viewers are past the table-setting so I think yes. And I know, still a bad answer. I encourage everybody to see the film and decide for themselves!


You will also get inundated with PMs now asking for details on the filming you saw, MrCere (and half of them will be from myself). Angelic

And if you are reading, what is the most shockingly cool experience you have ever had then (both with TORn and in real life)?

Thanks for a great interview MrCere and Kel. Smile


Aug 8 2013, 11:57am

Post #3 of 11 (186 views)
Which is why [In reply to] Can't Post

this hasn't been shared on The Hobbit board. Most of it's regulars will never see it as they never go anywhere else CoolEvilAngelic

LOL my pleasure dear. Though they're all trying to gang up on ME now. Not gonna happen SlyEvil

Bag ENZ Home of the Hobbit *with thanks to cameragod ;D*

One by one they faded, and fell into shadow...

One book to rule them all
One book to find them
One book to bring them all
And in TORn bind them
In the land of TORnadoes...where the brilliant play


Aug 8 2013, 2:03pm

Post #4 of 11 (178 views)
Fanatic (fantastic?) fun read Kel! [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks for posting this - and thanks to MrC. for your insights...can't wait to hear the whole Hobbit-film details someday, so don't you dare forget about telling us the whole story!!!!! WinkCool

Is there a Tolkien topic that you have wanted to look into more deeply, and write about your thoughts on it? If so, we'd like to hear from you for the next TORn Amateur Symposium- coming in November. Happy writing!


Aug 9 2013, 2:44pm

Post #5 of 11 (152 views)
Thanks! [In reply to] Can't Post

A fun read and it was great to get to know MrCere better. On the other side of the tape recorder this time - he gives a very interesting interview himself :-).


Aug 9 2013, 7:45pm

Post #6 of 11 (148 views)
That was GREAT! :D [In reply to] Can't Post

Fantastic visit, you two! I was smiling through the whole thing! It struck me how much MrCere and I have the same collecting and cartoon interests. We won't even start to talk about loving food! I know the few times we've had a chance to chat, the gent is an absolutely delight!

*applause* Seriously... what a great interview! You two are a great team :)


4th draft of TH:AUJ Geeky Observation List - May 1, 2013


"There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West."

I'm SO HAPPY these new films take me back to that magical world!!

TIME Google Calendar
TORn's Geeky Observations Lists (updated soon)


Aug 9 2013, 8:23pm

Post #7 of 11 (154 views)
Great interview! Thank you both. [In reply to] Can't Post

Loved the bit about trying to find the rest of the Bakshi film...I remember trying to do that too.

However, Mr. Cere, this bit "I suspect book lovers who aren't casual with adaptation might have some tough things ahead to swallow." may actually cause me sleep loss. (maybe).

 photo Desolation-of-Smaug2_zpsc1584ee1.jpg
Tauriel: So let me get this straight sir, this Elwen girl is back on something called TORn, and rather than just tell her to stop stalking you, you'd like me to show up in a movie I have no business being in as a ploy to distract her, and nevermind the wrath of countless Tolkien fans who will be calling for my destruction?

Legolas: That about sums it up. Besides, some people might like you. Oh, and to be on the safe side, can we pretend to be a couple too?


Aug 13 2013, 8:17pm

Post #8 of 11 (123 views)
Who is Mr.Cere? [In reply to] Can't Post

Never heard of this guy.


Permanent address: Into the West

Forum Admin / Moderator

Aug 15 2013, 2:13am

Post #9 of 11 (114 views)
"When the internet ran on hamster wheels"! LOL! [In reply to] Can't Post

Thank you for the great interview, Kel! I've never had a chance to meet MrCere, but those who have, have told me he's all-around awesome, and that's true!

And his Hobbit set report, once he's able to give it, should be fascinating! Cool


"I desired dragons with a profound desire"

Sr. Staff

Aug 22 2013, 5:08am

Post #10 of 11 (90 views)
He misses you [In reply to] Can't Post

Not around these parts much but I sure have a fondness for old friends!

I have no choice but to believe in free will.

The cake is a lie
The cake is a lie
The cake is a lie

My blog


Aug 23 2013, 9:03pm

Post #11 of 11 (80 views)
Ha ha. And they have a fondness for you! / [In reply to] Can't Post


Permanent address: Into the West


Search for (options) Powered by Gossamer Forum v.1.2.3

home | advertising | contact us | back to top | search news | join list | Content Rating

This site is maintained and updated by fans of The Lord of the Rings, and is in no way affiliated with Tolkien Enterprises or the Tolkien Estate. We in no way claim the artwork displayed to be our own. Copyrights and trademarks for the books, films, articles, and other promotional materials are held by their respective owners and their use is allowed under the fair use clause of the Copyright Law. Design and original photography however are copyright © 1999-2012 TheOneRing.net. Binary hosting provided by Nexcess.net

Do not follow this link, or your host will be blocked from this site. This is a spider trap.