A majority of The Lord of the Rings trilogy cast, plus Oscar-winning LOTR director Peter Jackson, reunited this weekend for Josh Gad’s Reunited Apart YouTube series as a way to raise money for the charity No Kid Hungry.
During the episode, which lasted almost an hour, Jackson dug into the famous Mordor speech made by Sean Bean’s Boromir during the formation of the Fellowship. You know the one. It includes the lines “One does not simply walk into Mordor. Its black gates are guarded by more than just orcs. There is evil there that does not sleep. The Great Eye is ever watchful.”
Yup. it’s the speech that launched a million “One Does Not…” memes over the past several years.
“That entire speech that Sean had to deliver at the Council of Elrond was written the night before,” Jackson explained. “It’s long and we gave it to Sean the morning he arrived. What Sean did, which I thought was really clever, is he got a print-out of the speech taped to his knee.”
“It was on his knee and when he did that scene, you’ll see [Jackson mimes Bean looking down, pretending to be deep in thought].”
“If you watch the scene now, you’ll see every time that Sean has to check his script.”
Amazon’s massive Lord of the Rings TV series production was one of many projects shut down due to the coronavirus over the past few months, though New Zealand began slowly reopening for business after the first week of May, allowing for shooting to eventually resume for both LOTR: The Series and James Cameron’s Avatar 2.
Back in January, one of the LOTR series’ lead actors was replaced when Robert Aramayo (Game of Thrones) joined the show, replacing Will Poulter (Black Mirror) as a young hero named Beldor.