Peter Jackson set the bar for fantasy adaptations with his 2001 film based off JRR Tolkien’s classic, The Fellowship of the Ring, part one of The Lord of the Rings. This episode is jam-packed with behind-the-scenes facts and insights about filmmaking that James brings to the table with his expertise.
Also in this episode, Luke brings up a couple of particular members of the cast that he didn’t love (Elrond, Arwen, and yes, even Frodo) and James calls it blasphemy. They discuss the alternate castings that could have been for Gandalf and Aragorn, just how legendary Howard Shore’s score is, the living arrangements of Saruman, and then really dig into the differences in Boromir’s story from book to movie. Stay to the end, because Luke and James debate how The One Ring truly works.
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