The creative team behind the “Lord of the Rings” movies hated Harvey Weinstein so much that one of the film’s costumes was designed as a dig at the Hollywood mogul, according to actor Elijah Wood.
Weinstein was one of the biggest power brokers in the industry before he was convicted of rape last year, and his Miramax production company had the first rights to the “Lord of the Rings” movies.
Wood, who played Frodo Baggins, told the “Armchair Expert” podcast that Weinstein had saddled filmmaker Peter Jackson with some seemingly impossible conditions to get the films made with another studio, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Anyway, Jackson pulled it off and struck a deal with New Line Cinema for what would become an iconic big-screen franchise.
But he shot Weinstein in one of the orc costumes.
Wood said co-star Sean Astin, who played Samwise Gamgee, said in another podcast interview that he saw the mask when he arrived on set.
“He had seen these orc masks. And one of the orc masks — and I remember this vividly — was designed to look like Harvey Weinstein as a sort of ‘fuck you,'” Wood said according to THR, adding: “I think it’s okay to put it there. Now to talk about it, the man is fucking locked up. Fuck him.”
Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison after his conviction. He is appealing the sentence, but also faces more charges.
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