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Elf Awareness

US Magazine, December 2002.

For Liv Tyler, portraying the radiant elf princess Arwen in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers fell far short of being an ethereal experience. "My ears were itching, my robes weighed too much, and they were hot," says Tyler, 25. "I would start a take acting all graceful, and then I would trip on my robes." Worse, the actress couldnít escape Middle Earth on the set of her next film, Jersey Girl, the upcoming romantic comedy with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. "I love [director] Kevin Smith, but he was obsessed with me speaking Elvish," says Tyler of the language created by Rings writer J.R.R. Tolkien. "Every day he asked me to talk like my character. I tried, but the truth is I canít speak it. I could just say my lines from Rings, which was enough for Kevin. He would turn bright red and get weak in the knees."

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