Frodo actor Elijah Wood reveals Lord of the Rings orc was modeled after disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein

Wood said Peter Jackson made the decision to model an orc on Weinstein after having difficulties with him on the way to making the Lord of the Rings films. Photograph: Landmark Media/Alamy

The actor says the Weinstein orc was intended as a message to the domineering sexual predator producer

One orc among many in the Lord of the Rings movies was designed to resemble Harvey Weinstein as a “sort of f*** you” to the notorious producer, Elijah Wood, who played the hobbit Frodo in the series, told a Hollywood podcast.

“It’s funny,” Wood told the actor Dax Shepard’s podcast, Armchair Expert. “This was recently spoken about because Dom [Monaghan] and Bill [Boyd, who played hobbits Merry and Pippin] … were talking to Sean Astin [Samwise] about his first memory of getting to New Zealand [where the series was filmed].

“He had seen these orc masks. And one of the orc masks – and I remember this vividly – was designed to look like Harvey Weinstein as a sort of a f*** you.

“I think that is OK to talk about now,” Wood said. “The guy is f***ing incarcerated. F*** him.”

In the first major case of the #MeToo era, in which women have spoken out about abuse by powerful men, Weinstein faced numerous accusations of sexual assault. Convicted of rape in February 2020 and sentenced to 23 years in jail, he faces further charges in California, to which he has pleaded not guilty.

Wood said the director Peter Jackson made the decision to model an orc on Weinstein after having difficulties with him on the way to making the Lord of the Rings films.

According to Wood, Jackson began developing the films at Miramax, which Weinstein co-founded with his brother. Jackson wanted to make at least two films to adapt the novels by JRR Tolkien, but Weinstein asked the director to adapt all three books in one movie.

Weinstein also threatened to replace Jackson with Quentin Tarantino or John Madden, the director of Shakespeare in Love, Wood said.

When Jackson asked Weinstein for permission to find a different producer, Wood said, Weinstein agreed but gave him only one weekend to do so and mandated that any producer must work on all the films or none.

“The window of time was insane,” Wood said. “They shopped it around town. Peter made a pitch video that’s pretty impressive, taken to a variety of places. Most people were balking at the notion of doing more than one film. The popular opinion was, ‘No, you have to see how [the initial movie] does and then invest the rest of your money.’”

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