Weeping Hobbits, Naked Hobbits: Merry and Pippin remember their favorite moments making the Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings movie is full of great characters, but it can bring smiles to the faces of millions of people around the world, like Dominic Monaghan’s Merry Brandybuck and Billy Boyd’s Pippin Took. Few people can do it. More than 17 years have passed since The Return of the King premiered in the theater, but the two have maintained a very close relationship and started their own podcast, The Friendship Onion, to load. We have decided that this is a great opportunity to give back to the observing community. ..

IGN was able to sit with the pair to discuss this podcast adventure-just reached its eleventh episode-and they also liked their favorite from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy shoot. I shared some of the moments.

Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd

Regarding embarking on this podcast journey, it turns out that they’ve been talking about starting a project together since the Lord of the Rings was wrapped up.

“Well, it came from Dom,” Boyd said. “Dom became a fan of podcasts quite early on. Since the Lord of the Rings, I and Dom have been talking about doing projects together. We did some little things together. He said, “Podcasts! That’s a step forward. We can change things every week, invent small things, tell stories. Basically, what to do when we meet anyway.”

The podcast itself is full of interviews with the Lord of the Rings (such as Elijah Wood) cast and crew, and stories from the two Hobbits who were actually there. One of the stories has to do with the Gray Haven scene at the end of the King’s return, which Monahan says was the most difficult scene to shoot.

“Well, we had to do it three times! If you ask all four of us,” choose a scene that can guarantee that you only have to do it once and never go back. Please, “we probably said Greyhaven. Because we were all crying like children, “Monahan explained. “So, after trying it three times, I think the third version I did, the version in the movie, is probably not as hysterical as the first version, or perhaps not hysterical. It was hard.

“And, as you know, the Hobbit is very exposed to emotional fragility. Maybe he’s weeping and saddening when he’s standing there and watching his friends leave.[r Jackson] I wanted you to be a little confused. It was rewarding. It’s rarely told to do so as an actor, and it’s very vulnerable for all four to stand there and do it three times. It costs a lot. “

Billy held responsibility for actor Sean Astin, who played Samwise Gamgee, and forgot to accidentally wear his vest after lunch, disrupting continuity.

“And for those who don’t know why we did it three times … Sean Astin was wearing the wrong outfit! After lunch he took off his vest to eat lunch. He returned. When he forgot to wear the vest, it was ruined because of continuity, “Void said. “We went back to another day and shot it again, and the film was destroyed in the factory where it was processed, so we had to start over on another day! So we had to do it three times. “

Then there are moments in the Lord of the Rings trilogy that may not have happened at all. One famous story from the movie set is related to the song Pippin sings to Denethor on the return of the king called “The End of the Night”. The song was partly due to Boyd singing Tom Jones’s “Delirah” at karaoke one night, and co-author Philippa Bowens was surprised by his voice and sang for him in the movie. I felt I had to find the part.

Monaghan also recalled a memorable story from the Play Fighting shoot after Hobbit and Boromir left Rivendell on the Ring’s Fellowship.

“The little play battle between me, Billy and Sean Bean was thought out on the fly, based on the fact that we were always having fun with other castmates and always practicing. “Sword fighting skills,” recalled Monahan. “That is, the four hobbits are the same size and appear to be picking up skill games.

“I think the idea with Pete was he said:’Because you’re with these human warriors, they may have noticed it and given a little extra class, and maybe. As a Hobbit, you can show a little cheeky and a little bond experience with Sean Bean and Boromir. So, as you know, do a little bit of the Three Stooges. Hit him overhead, Jump over him. He seems to remember that the day was relatively semi-improvised. “

Boyd jumped in and said he was upset while filming the scene. Even though I used to fencing at competitions, I had to behave as if I wasn’t good at fighting swords.

“Yes, you’re right! And I didn’t like we shouldn’t be good at swords,” Boyd said. “I used to fence at competitions, so I know how to use a sword, and then I started working with Bob Anderson, perhaps the greatest sword master in movie history. He was Errol Flynn. Said Darth Vader. Bob Anderson, and he said, “Remember, you shouldn’t be good at swords.” So I had to quit. [acting like I knew] What to do with the sword. It was terrible! “

Then there was a time when Peter Jackson was under pressure from above to kill one of the four Hobbits in the movie, even if he survived in the book. Fortunately, Jackson didn’t give in to the producer’s demands, but Monahan had some thoughts about who the unlucky Hobbit would have been if he followed this dark path.

“It was me, so it’s a good job that didn’t happen,” he laughed. “It’s definitely going to happen. They have no way to kill Frodo and Sam, only Mary and Pippin are left. They don’t kill Pippin because Pippin has a very strong story with Gandalf. Probably, Pete was like, “This is a well-known work and needs to be closely related to the text.” So he got stuck with a gun. Yeah, I’m grateful that it didn’t happen. “

It turns out that the cast made some home videos while filming the trilogy. When asked if these were part of a particular episode of the podcast, Monaghan said there might be some footage that wasn’t generally suitable …

“I think there are four or five tapes labeled’New Zealand’,” Monaghan said. “I haven’t seen them for a long time. I’m sure [we could include it in the podcast] If I myself, Billy, Sean, Elijah, perhaps Orlando and Vigo put everything together and we told the production company they would be able to see it. But maybe there’s something a little unpleasant that you don’t want to put in a documentary … like a naked hobbit! “

When not podcasting, the pair featured the League of Legends during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Because it’s a free game … it’s free to download … it’s free to play … the amount of fun we’ve had from it is incredible,” Monahan said. “And it’s an incredibly difficult game …”

“It’s not for me,” Boyd jumped in. “I’m probably one of the greatest Dr. Mundos in the world!”

“He’s a great Dr. Mundo,” Monahan agreed. “It’s a lot of fun. As a character … not only do the little tasks you’re supposed to do as a champion, but you can also enjoy your teammates’ wins and some ridiculous mistakes. Your teammates. We laughed, joked, and enjoyed. We’ll continue to play. I think we’ve reached the ceiling, but Billy hasn’t, but we know it won’t improve. The ceiling is. Maintaining this average level. For Billy, the sky is the limit. “

Like Boyd’s League of Legends skills, it could be Friendship Onion, who was more recently a creative director and head of Weta Workshop’s Sir Richard Taylor.

Oh, and if you’re new to the show and want to start from scratch, you’ll also get the chance to hear how the pair reacts to trying their first Twinkie. It’s precious.

Friendship Onion is available on YouTube and podcast services around the world, such as Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Adam Bankhurst is an IGN news writer. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst When Cramps.

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