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E!Online berichtet vom Bruchtalset, das sich in der Wäldern bei Wellington befindet. Eine Lichtung mit einem Bach, über den eine moosbewachsene Brücke führt und ein Wasserfall.

Die filigranen Gebäude sind fast 15 Meter hoch und an ihren Wänden erkenne man Schnitzereien von Elben, Blumen und Vögeln. Ausserdem wird das Innere von Bruchtal beschrieben. Liv Tyler berichtet von einem Schwertkampf zusammen mit Aragorn gegen 20 Uruk-Hai-Orks, ausserdem musste sich sich einen englischen Akzent aneignen und elbisch sprechen lernen.

Orlando Bloom beschreibt Legolas als eine ziemlich ruhige Rolle, ohne viel Text. Er würde eher Taten für sich sprechen lassen.

Legolas bewege sich im Film sehr elegant, wie eine Katze, es wirke sehr ballethaft.

Elrond (Hugo Weaving) trage eine lange Robe und lange, schwarze, geflochtene Haare. Kontaktlinsen mit schwarzen Rändern würden ihm etwas mysteriöses, weises verleihen.

Als Bob Shaye von New Line Cinema das Bruchtal-Set besuchte und einige Tequila mit den Schauspielern trank, wurde ihm erzählt, dass 50 Uruk-hai-Schauspieler durchgedreht und nun in den Wäldern verschwunden wären. Einige Momente später stürmten plötzlich diese 50 Uruk-hai mit gezogenen Waffen aus dem Unterholz. Bob Shaye soll sich Gerüchten nach noch immer im Shockzustand befinden ;-))

by John Forde

KAITOKE REGIONAL PARK--Peacocks stroll across a grassy clearing. A tumbling stream, redirected from the nearby forest, flows under a moss-covered bridge. A waterfall adds a dramatic touch.

Towering tiled buildings--some stretching 40 feet high--are clustered around the open area. Their walls and pillars are intricately detailed with carvings of Elven faces, flowers and birds.

Welcome to LOTR's exquisitely detailed Rivendell set. Located about 90 minutes north of Wellington and nestled amid the mountains and forests of a nature preserve, it's a masterpiece of design and location.

But the most striking thing about this temporary Shangri-la (Peter Jackson has just three weeks to get all the shots he needs inside the national park) is not the scenery, it's the star power assembled here.

Nine major cast members are on site: the actors who play Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Elrond, Arwen and the lead Hobbits. That's a lot of good-looking talent. Add in teams of startlingly beautiful long-limbed elf extras, and the place begins to feel like Aaron Spelling's version of Fantasyland. I feel in desperate need of a makever.

Since this is the largest gathering of stars yet on the set, and since it's just so cool (in a Cecil B DeMille kind of way), I decide to spend a day talking with the cast and walking around the Rivendell set.

La Vita Liv

Liv Tyler buzzes around her trailer, cigarette in hand, making us a pot of herbal tea. "I'm such a happy little housewife," she jokes, assuring me her trailer's refrigerator isn't nearly as big as Bruce Willis'. It's a typical Liv moment: the glamour of Hollywood expressed in the easy charm of a 22-year-old New Yorker with good cheekbones.

Tyler, the object of Aragorn's affection and New Zealand's obsession, is excited. And not just because it's her first LOTR interview after four months of wielding swords, dodging Nazgul warriors and reapplying mascara while astride a horse. She's also in a good mood because boyfriend Roy Langdon, from Brit band Spacehog, is arriving tonight.

"I know I'm lucky to be here in such a beautiful country," she explains, "but it's also so challenging sometimes, working so far away from my home, my family and my friends. But today, it shouldn't be so bad!"

Already made up, with pointy ears in place and hairline artfully raised, Tyler has clearly cornered the market on Elven chic. But how is she handling life as a warrior princess? It's difficult to comment on Arwen so far, Tyler confesses, "as I literally have only filmed a couple of scenes, and the rest have been battle scenes where I don't talk a lot, just fight."

So, what's it like to kill people? "Oh, it's so difficult--technically difficult, I mean," she sighs, launching into a goofy story about one of her first physical training sessions. "I was with Viggo [Mortensen] and [sword-fighting coach] Bob Anderson, and I was surrounded by about 20 Uruk-hai who were all hitting me, and I had to attack them. It was terrifying! I just hid behind Viggo!"

Of course, there's more to playing Arwen than saddle chafing and sponging off Orc blood. Tyler has adopted an English accent for her role and is learning Old Elvish with dialect coaches.

The accent, she explains, propels much of her characterization, "because I have to carry myself in a certain way and be aware of my breathing. It's a challenge for me as an American speaking in a British accent anyway, but as an elf you have to be so erect and centered. We have to move effortlessly and gracefully." She spiels a line of Old Elvish contentedly and takes another drag.

And how does it feel to be one of the few femmes in Middle Earth? "Oh, I'm always making these movies with boys," says the star of Armageddon and That Thing You Do! "It's an honor to be one of only a few women in the film and to bring the feminine touch to the story," she adds, although she admits Arwen has an unconventional femininity.

"Even her love affair [with Aragorn] is interesting because they're both so busy. I mean, she has her moments where she gets to say, 'Aragorn, kiss me!' But there's a war on, so she has to be patient and supportive and let him go off and do the things he has to do."

So, it's stand by your "swordsman"? Tyler wrinkles her nose thoughtfully. "Yeah, but she's impatient too. When you're in love, you want to spend all your time with that person, and she finds it difficult that they can't be together."

It's time for Tyler to get lunch before the afternoon's filming. Out with the cigarette, on with the elf shoes, and away. "There's so much I'm learning," she says, flashing that dazzling smile. "I'm just trying to do the best I can and have a good time. And I am."

Rivendell Walkabout

Secrecy is a problem here, since New Zealand regional parks are officially public-access areas. That means LOTR crews can't prevent tourists from looking over the area on weekends, when filming isn't taking place.

Of course, unauthorized visitors don't have quite the same access as your intrepid correspondent. Here are some of the things they can't see:

A long walkway, arching 10 feet over the stream, leads to a shady corner where a loom and half-finished weaving stands. A wooden gazebo stands empty (no doubt saved for Arwen and Aragorn's after-dark dalliances).

To the north sits an utterly beautiful open-air bedroom, with elaborately carved furniture. Frodo awakens here, under the outstretched arms of an Elven woman carved into the bed's headboard (Freud would have a field day).

The clean lines and leaf-tone colorings of the Rivendell buildings are worlds away from the corrosive black magic of the Orthanc set, or the pastoral earthiness of the Hobbiton digs.

It's a site that reflects an Elven pride in beauty but also provides them with privacy, and it would be a formidable fortress if attacked. Like the forest of the Blair Witch, a tourist would be unwise to wander through here without permission.

Viggo a-Go-Go

Mud-stained, stubbled and looking like he hasn't had a good sleep in a year, Viggo Mortensen's Aragorn is a gritty presence in this land of beautifully manicured Amazonian elves.

A last-minute replacement for Irish actor Stuart Townsend--"It was literally my agent calling me and asking, 'Do you want to go to New Zealand tomorrow for a year to make this movie?' "--Mortensen has lived up to Jackson's expectations. Handsome, olive-skinned and soft-spoken, Viggo seems perfectly cast as the trilogy's Renaissance man--warrior, lover, guide, pilgrim and prince--and his swordfighting ability and camera presence is drawing raves from the LOTR crew.

For his part, Mortensen felt a deep connection with the project. "Tolkien was a professor of Medieval English and had based much of his work on his readings of the old Scandinavian myths and Celtic myths, which I'm familiar with, having those ancestries," he says.

More important, Mortensen's son, a big Tolkien fan, told him to take the part.

What initially impressed Viggo about Aragorn was the character's self-sufficiency. "He can survive in nature, live from it, read its signs and live happily, not needing anyone, not relying on anything but his own knowledge and discoveries. There's a humility in that way of life I really admire. But he has to come into his birthright as a prince and take on more responsibility. He's not certain where it will lead him."

Aragorn, he adds, finds the Hobbits puzzling. "They're these small, fat creatures who get tired and want to stop to eat five times a day, and Gandalf asks Aragorn to lead them through long journeys. But he grows to love them because of their connection to nature and their goodness, and he wants to protect them."

And what about Arwen? "She really is the love of his life," Mortensen says. "But he's not always sure how he feels about her because they're so seldom together or able to be at peace. So, he's not sure whether he can love her or be worthy of her. He knows how much she will have to give up to be with him, and it weighs on him."

Heavy thoughts, indeed. But before striding back onto the set, Mortensen says, "I find it quite pleasant not to know where he's going!"

A Little Traveling Music

It's time for filming. There's quiet on the set as Gandalf appears from behind a pillar on Elrond's front porch, followed by a Steadicam.

Elrond joins him, and they discuss the escape of Gollum as they move down Elrond's stairs into the clearing.

Peacocks walk between the legs of the Fellowship. Elrond greets the company as they prepare to leave Rivendell. And...cut!

Soon after, the principals reassemble for a shot of Elrond bidding farewell to the Fellowship as they slowly make their way through the arched gates of Rivendell to start the Ring quest.

A group shot using little people as Hobbit doubles is followed by close-ups of Frodo and the Hobbits as they listen to Elrond. Frodo stands in close-up, momentarily in another world, before blinking and returning to the business at hand.

Orlando in Bloom

Orlando Bloom, the young English actor snapped up to play Legolas just months after his graduation from Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, sits down for a quick chat between takes.

How is he faring with the challenges of Legolas? Just fine, thanks to a back injury obtained during his second year of drama school. The injury, Bloom explains, "meant I was cast in a lot of parts requiring me to be still, which has been great for this role. Legolas doesn't speak a lot--he prefers to let his actions speak for him."

And what actions they are. "Legolas' moves are smooth and elegant, like a cat," Orlando says. "You know how cats can jump and land steadily on their paws? That's what I'm trying to do. There's a strength in that, but it's very balletic. It's also bloody hard to do without falling over!"

So, how does Orlando see his blue-blooded elf as he mixes with the great unwashed? "Initially, he can't stand Gimli the dwarf. Elves see dwarfs as these muddy creatures who steal from the Earth without giving anything back. But their relationship develops, partially through having to rely on each other. They grow to respect each other's differences. By the time they go into battle, they're having a laugh, comparing their battle scores."

And now for the really important question: What's the deal with that mohawk haircut?

It's to lift his hairline, Bloom explains, so he looks more like the broad-faced forest elves when he dons his blond wig. "I get to transform completely in makeup and costume and become Legolas. Then at night, I get to go home with my mohawk. It's great!"

Beware, New Zealand, punk-rock elves are among us.

The Old Man and the Scene

Hugo Weaving, the Australian actor who joined the cast just weeks ago as Elrond, already has the poise and authority of the Elven king.

Wearing floor-length embroidered robes, an intricately plaited waist-length black wig and black-ringed contact lenses, Weaving is an intimidating presence on the Rivendell set.

"I never got around to finishing the books the first time," he confesses with a wicked smile. But he's making up for lost time now.

Fortsetzung (read on at) : E!Online


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