Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Ian McKellen (Gandalf)
and Bernard Hill (Theoden) in Wellington
Beendruckt berichtet McKellen vom Edoras-Set, das die Crew von Peter Jackson fernab von jedem Bluescreen-Studio auf einem Felsenhügel mitten in der neuseeländischen Landschaft erichtet hatte. Das besondere an diesem Set war, dass man die Stadt in Original-Größe aufgebaut hatte, mit all ihren Verzierungen und Details. So ein Set sei der Traum eines jeden Schauspielers. Man habe das Gefühl man sei wirklich in Edoras.
Notes from Ian McKellen
Edoras is the mountain fortress which guards the Golden Hall, where Theoden reigns. It features heavily in the second film of the trilogy, so it was decided to build Edoras amongst real mountains and away from blue screens, miniatures and trick photography. A real-looking fortress in a real wilderness of Rohan.
Peter Jackson's team found the perfect location in the wide gravelly valley that leads down from the alpine range west of Canterbury Plain, right in the centre of the South Island of New Zealand. Basically you go to the skiing resort of Methven and ask for Clearwater Lake. 40 minutes later as the road declines to dirt-track, ask again -- everyone locally knows Erewhon. They also know it is nearly "nowhere" backwards. They know that because of Samuel Butler, the bisexual Victorian English author who came here to double his capital by sheep-farming on the station he called Mesopotamia (Greek for "between two rivers"). The now-adjacent farm is called Erewhon after the title and setting of Butler's satirical novel about a utopia (Greek for "nowhere").
[...read on at mckellen.com]