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Who would you have play Legolas?
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Glorfindela
Valinor


Oct 26 2013, 10:11pm

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Well, I agree with you for the most part [In reply to] Can't Post

I did say I found the film Elves not beautiful enough, but I do think Thranduil so far looks ethereal and Elf-like by far the most Elf-like of all the film Elves. To me Elves should look inhuman and kind of androgynous but they should always be beautiful, like the Glorfindel of my imagination.

'Figwit' of the film, for example, just looks like a gormless youth, Legolas in the trilogy was made to look like a young boy, 'Tauriel' looks like a heavily made up woman dressed in Robin Hood-type clothing, etc. Very far from what I had in my imagination but Thranduil isn't.


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ha, i think well have to agree to disagree it seems!

ill just add that i think the elves never really worked for me, in regards to look and character based on the books, they work in there own right for the films but i want my elves to be less pretty, less human, more ethereal more alien! all i see are humans with long hair and nice clothes. i would have loved to see del toros version of an elf! i just think peter jackson is better at orcs and creatures than elves.



(This post was edited by Glorfindela on Oct 26 2013, 10:12pm)


Glorfindela
Valinor


Oct 26 2013, 10:20pm

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Agreed [In reply to] Can't Post

The Hobbits from LotR look nothing like how I imagined them, but (younger) Bilbo was absolutely perfect (although what they did with him in RotK wasn't).

In fact, of all the characters in LotR, only Gandalf looked like the character in my imagination.

The Ringwraiths in FotR (though not the ones shown in TTT and RotK) were brilliantly realised, I thought, although I can't remember how I imagined them before I saw the films.


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Same goes for just about all of the Hobbits from LotR (all except Sir Ian Holm, who I think was perfect for Old Bilbo).



dubulous
Rohan

Oct 26 2013, 11:30pm

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I wouldn't say the most elf-like [In reply to] Can't Post

I think Cate Blanchett as Galadriel has that etheral elf quality down even more so than Thranduil. In fact, she doesn't even need the costume to look like how I would imagine an elf to be like. She has that very rare combination of unique features, flawless complexion, deep voice, and a way of carrying herself that sets her apart from, well, mere mortals. There is something very other-wordly about her.


imin
Valinor


Oct 26 2013, 11:42pm

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Any half decent in shape young male actor. [In reply to] Can't Post

I think pretty much any athletic, handsome young male actor would do the job, so long as they are half decent - that is all Orlando is, im sure he would admit it himself. I think his limited range didn't effect the role of legolas and is one of my least favourite book characters so i didn't mind personally.

I think some of the people saying i can't imagine anyone but Orlando - i think if we had another actor e.g that tom guy, they would be saying Orlando looks good but he just isn't Legolas to me, lol, it's just what we get to know.

'What's the matter with you?' - J.R.R. Tolkien


MouthofSauron
Tol Eressea


Oct 26 2013, 11:53pm

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i don't find the actor irritating.. [In reply to] Can't Post

i find the fact that he is going to clearly look 10 years older in these prequels than he will in the sequels...its not a matter of making his face look younger with CGI, its that he was too young in LOTR's.


take me down to the woodland realm where the trees are green and the elf women are pretty....Oh will you please take me home!!


Bishop
Rohan


Oct 26 2013, 11:56pm

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Clearly [In reply to] Can't Post

Justin Beiber.


Ziggy Stardust
Gondor


Oct 27 2013, 2:11am

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I'm sorry to hear that [In reply to] Can't Post

I thought Orlando Bloom played a good Legolas. I pictured him differently in the novel as being more ethereal (and this is coming from someone who saw the films first.) Otherwise I thought he did well, and apparently he really liked the character. Sometimes that makes a difference.
Wooden is a little too negative, of course I only say that because I tend to use that word for Kristen Stewart. Orlando Bloom is a much better actor than Stewart, who I think is wooden.


Ziggy Stardust
Gondor


Oct 27 2013, 2:15am

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Thank you! [In reply to] Can't Post

Though I liked Legolas, the rest you say is spot on to me. Elves should be beautiful, and they should look inhuman as they are not human. Glorfindel looks that way in my mind too, inhuman, kind of androgynous, but beautiful.


Glorfindela
Valinor


Oct 27 2013, 11:48am

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He wasn't that young in LotR, you know [In reply to] Can't Post

I believe he is 36 (nearly 37?) now, so he would have been in his mid-twenties at the time the LotR films were produced.


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i find the fact that he is going to clearly look 10 years older in these prequels than he will in the sequels...its not a matter of making his face look younger with CGI, its that he was too young in LOTR's.



Glorfindela
Valinor


Oct 27 2013, 12:01pm

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Yes, I would agree with that [In reply to] Can't Post

However, I did not find her very 'Elf-like' in LotR. Perhaps her 'green phase' influenced me somewhat, because I found that was very badly done. She was made to look more delicate in AUJ maybe her face has slimmed down with age? I think her look as Galadriel has a lot to do with her make-up (very well done in her case, unlike in that of T), the Russian's beautiful hair, the costumes and the way she plays the part, because when you see her without all this, she just looks like an ordinary woman. I do find Thranduil (so far) to be the most 'Elf-like' of the Elves, and the only one to have that ethereal quality I associate with Elves in my mind.


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I think Cate Blanchett as Galadriel has that etheral elf quality down even more so than Thranduil. In fact, she doesn't even need the costume to look like how I would imagine an elf to be like. She has that very rare combination of unique features, flawless complexion, deep voice, and a way of carrying herself that sets her apart from, well, mere mortals. There is something very other-wordly about her.



(This post was edited by Glorfindela on Oct 27 2013, 12:02pm)


imin
Valinor


Oct 27 2013, 12:21pm

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He is 36 now [In reply to] Can't Post

Minus 12 to get to 2001 and he was 24, minus a year or so more as that was when they were filming - 22/23 - that's young.

'What's the matter with you?' - J.R.R. Tolkien


Glorfindela
Valinor


Oct 27 2013, 1:04pm

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I think that was probably OK, though, for the part of Legolas [In reply to] Can't Post

I wouldn't have expected Legolas to look older, or to be played by an older actor. Had been played by a 16-year-old, I would have said that was young for the part.

After all, Elijah Wood was only 19 when the filming of LotR started.


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Minus 12 to get to 2001 and he was 24, minus a year or so more as that was when they were filming - 22/23 - that's young.



imin
Valinor


Oct 27 2013, 2:14pm

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Yeah his age was alright [In reply to] Can't Post

I wouldn't have minded a little older. I don't personally think people look old or aged etc in their 30's so anywhere from his age (as a miminum - in general, obviously some people who are older can look younger) up to mid 30's for me. I still think he looks elvish now - not like he looks old, just older than before.

Frodo for me was a little young looking but then he looks almost the same now 12 years on so i dunno!

'What's the matter with you?' - J.R.R. Tolkien


MouthofSauron
Tol Eressea


Oct 27 2013, 5:26pm

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well he clearly looks 10 years older [In reply to] Can't Post

its not that he is old like Ian Holm in AUJ its that his "baby face" has gone away.


take me down to the woodland realm where the trees are green and the elf women are pretty....Oh will you please take me home!!


The Grey Elf
Gondor


Oct 27 2013, 9:53pm

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Tom Mison [In reply to] Can't Post

He's got great acting chops for both drama and light comedy, a really nice voice, and if he isn't the epitome of elvish beauty (sans facial hair), I don't know who is!

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