Me, My Elf And I
by Debra Wallace, New Woman, 2001.
The elves in Lord Of The Rings are
perfect little beings who can do
no wrong. No prizes for guessing
why Liv Tyler plays one then.
The first of the three Lord Of The Rings films is an epic all
night. With a budget of nearly $300 million and a cast of extras
which almost included the entire New Zealand army ( they were
sent to East Timorat the last minute to serve as peacekeepers),
it wasn't ever going to be a film that quietly came to the cinema then
disappeared out of sight. Which has got ta make
Liv Tyler happy. Afterall, she spent 18 months in
New Zealand away from her fiancÚ. Spacehog
bassist (and Brit boy) Royston Langdon, just so
she could play the elf princess Arwen in this epic
Tolkien trilogy. Debra Wallace caught up with her
minus the elf-costume and false cars...
How did you like playing an elf?
"Elves are kind of like perfect beings. They're very
poised and centred and they never slouch or
relax. Not like me. A lot of times I'd be sitting on
the set going. Oh, I can't wait to do a low-budget film
where I'm just sitting in a diner in a pair of jeans having a chat
because this is really hard."
What was so tough?
"We all had to go through really long training process which
involved horse riding, sword fighting and working
out with trainers and spending hours
with dialect coaches. It was like being in school
from morning until night and was really tough."
Your character, Arwen, sacrifices her immortally for
love. Would you do that?
"Yes, love is everything to me."
It took a year and a half to film the entire Lord Of The
Rings trilogy. How did you feel on the last day?
"Relieved, because it was tiring and very hard.
Also I was shooting a scene without any of the
main actors, so I was actually a little bit sad,
about that. I was in this sea of extras with a lot
of people I didn't really know around me.
I didn't feel a sense of completion because of
the enormity of the project."
And how did you cope being away from Roy?
"It wasn't a problem. We've been together for
three yeas and we've been separated a lot and
it just makes the heart grow fonder."
What do you like to do when you're not working?
"I like to come home, make dinner, and have
some time to relax around the house."
No posh restaurants than?
"I was just saying to Roy that the main advantage of
being famous is being able to get into really good
restaurants whenever you want and not have to wait
for weeks. Otherwise, I don't live a posh life."
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