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RE: Lord of the Rings Casting Call

Poster: David KUIJT <kuijt@umiacs.umd.edu>

On Tue, 25 Aug 1998, Brett W. McCoy wrote:

> Gary Oldman has too much dignity to play Wormtongue.  He might do well as 
> the King of Nazgul.  That's more his style. 
> Istvan Dragosani

The Nazgul don't have faces, except in the brief surreal scene when Frodo
puts on the ring on Weathertop, and he can see the Nazgul and they can see

I expect that the best way to do the Nazgul throughout is with lots of
computer graphics and some good threatening voices.

There are very few villains in LotR with human faces.  Sauron doesn't even
appear.  The Mouth of Sauron is a bit part, appearing in one scene.
Gothmog doesn't show his face; the Witch King (Number One) shows it but
doesn't have one.  The orcs are all faceless hordes, although it might be
amusing to discuss casting Shagrat and Gorbag.

The major villain parts are three: Gollum, who has to be hairless,
emaciated, repulsive, and froglike; Saruman (one of the Four Powerful Old
Men), and Wormtongue.

There are two great Tragic Figure actor parts as well:
Boromir (the Tragic Figure Misled by Pride) and Denethor (the Tragic
Figure Misled by Despair).


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