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RE: Lord of the Rings Casting Call

Poster: "Brett W. McCoy" <bmccoy@lan2wan.com>

On Tue, 25 Aug 1998, David KUIJT wrote:

> > 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
> him.

But he does have a voice.  There's also the Mouth of Sauron.

> 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.

And they would probably have tons of prosthetic makeup anyway, like the
Gamorrean guards form "Return of the Jedi".

> 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).

Gary Oldman is good at portraying tragic characters as well, although he
doesn't have the brawn to play Boromir nor the age to play Denethor
(although he has played old men fairly well, as he did in "Bram Stoker's

Brett W. McCoy           
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