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Does GDT even like Tolkien?

Gungnir
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Apr 25 2008, 7:19pm


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Hi everyone - first time I've posted here in literally years and it's all changed from last time I looked but some of you may know me from TORC (sorry!) and may know that I've been posting there since early 2000, off and on. I was very much a supporter of PJ and I loved his films, for the most part.

However I am less than happy about the choice of GDT to direct The Hobbit (and it's sequel, Bilbo Baggins - The Wilderness Years, but the less said about that, the better). Not because I don't rate GDT as a good director - he is an excellent director. The reason is this - he is on record as saying that Tolkien 'left him cold; in this interview -
http://www.elmundo.es/encuentros/invitados/2006/10/2192/


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Del Toro said:
¿Hasta que punto ha influido en usted la obra de Tolkien?
En nada. Yo apenas pude terminar "El hobbit". Curiosamente, a mí el género de la fantasía, nunca me ha llamado. Creo que los cuentos de hadas son en sí mismos un género diferente. La fantasía heróica, por lo general, me deja frío. Me interesa más la obra de terror de Robert E. Howard que sus novelas sobre el musculoso Conan. Aunque hay dos escritores de fantasía que me parecen sublimes: Clark Ashton Smith y Lord Dunsany.




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To what extent has the work of Tolkien influenced you ?
Not at all. I could barely finish "The Hobbit". Curiously, that kind of fantasy, never called out to me. I think that fairy tales are in themselves a different genre. Heroic fantasy, in general, leaves me cold. I am more interested in Robert E. Howard's work of terror than his novels about the muscular Conan. Although there are two writers of fantasy that I think are sublime: Clark Ashton Smith and Lord Dunsany.


I know that more recently he has made some conciliatory remarks about Tolkien but then, when there is a multi-million dollar directing job at stake, that's hardly surprising. Am I being cynical? Perhaps. But then my first choice of director for a film of the Hobbit would not be someone who said in an interview that he could barely finish the book and that type of fantasy leaves him cold.

I remember reading PJ's original 20Qs session on AICN on the day it went up and being absolutely stoked for the films - and not being disappointed in the results. I read GDT's interview here and all I feel is deflated and suspicious.

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Does GDT even like Tolkien? Gungnir Send a private message to Gungnir Apr 25 2008, 7:19pm
    Well Peredhil lover Send a private message to Peredhil lover Apr 25 2008, 7:24pm
        Yes, but... Gungnir Send a private message to Gungnir Apr 25 2008, 7:27pm
            Why Peredhil lover Send a private message to Peredhil lover Apr 25 2008, 7:30pm
                I think he does like Tolkien labadal Send a private message to labadal Apr 25 2008, 7:53pm
            I read something along those lines. Unspoken_Request Send a private message to Unspoken_Request Apr 25 2008, 7:59pm
    He does indeed love Tolkien Xoanon Send a private message to Xoanon Apr 25 2008, 8:04pm
    I would say he does now orcbane Apr 25 2008, 8:40pm
    LotR as a kid bettybalin Send a private message to bettybalin Apr 25 2008, 8:45pm
    Here's a similar quote from GDT disparaging hobbits. Curious Send a private message to Curious Apr 25 2008, 11:06pm
        It's worth listening to the podcast. Curious Send a private message to Curious Apr 25 2008, 11:29pm
    though his assertion that he prefers horror over heroics hatster Send a private message to hatster Apr 25 2008, 11:09pm
    I have a link where Compa_mighty grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Apr 26 2008, 1:17am
        GdT Hellmistress Send a private message to Hellmistress Apr 26 2008, 1:38am
        Look at me Peredhil lover Send a private message to Peredhil lover Apr 26 2008, 5:32am
            Guillermo Forger Send a private message to Forger Apr 26 2008, 9:14am
        What if perhaps seeing the movies changed his mind? Loresilme Send a private message to Loresilme Apr 28 2008, 12:22am
    Why not ask him yourself? :-) Bombatones Send a private message to Bombatones Apr 26 2008, 1:35am
    *Some relavant & enlightening LINKs* Daughter of Nienna Send a private message to Daughter of Nienna Apr 26 2008, 11:10am
        Great set of links!! Thankyou!! Elven Send a private message to Elven Apr 26 2008, 11:24am
        *bookmarks* Peredhil lover Send a private message to Peredhil lover Apr 26 2008, 11:46am
            the love of growing things Gethsemane Send a private message to Gethsemane Apr 26 2008, 4:03pm
                Hmmm... mwirkk Send a private message to mwirkk Apr 27 2008, 12:25am
                    Yep, that's right. Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Apr 27 2008, 12:29am
        Is the Salon podcast in your list of links? Curious Send a private message to Curious Apr 26 2008, 8:44pm
            thanks... are you sure... Daughter of Nienna Send a private message to Daughter of Nienna Apr 27 2008, 1:00am
                Sorry, here's the correct link to the podcast interview: Curious Send a private message to Curious Apr 27 2008, 1:40am
                    Thanks // Daughter of Nienna Send a private message to Daughter of Nienna Apr 27 2008, 3:29am
        Very nice! :) mwirkk Send a private message to mwirkk Apr 26 2008, 11:33pm
        A link to his latest post here. N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Apr 27 2008, 12:19am
            Thanks NEB... Daughter of Nienna Send a private message to Daughter of Nienna Apr 27 2008, 12:54am
            Thank you N.E.B. i had missed that. silneldor Send a private message to silneldor Apr 27 2008, 3:16am
    Lovin' it Glaurung63 Send a private message to Glaurung63 Apr 27 2008, 1:37am
        same with Andy Daughter of Nienna Send a private message to Daughter of Nienna Apr 27 2008, 3:37am
    Speaking Personally... Voorhas Send a private message to Voorhas Apr 27 2008, 8:11pm

 
 
 

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