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‘Lord of the Rings’ orc was made to look like producer Weinstein

Elijah Wood says director Peter Jackson got back at the ‘Miramax’ producer after dispute — by designing a villain in his likeness

Illustrative photo of a 'Lord of the Rings' orc (YouTube screenshot)
Illustrative photo of a 'Lord of the Rings' orc (YouTube screenshot)

Actor Elijah Wood said one of the orcs in “The Lord of the Rings” movies was designed to look like now-disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, following a fight with the blockbuster trilogy’s director Peter Jackson.

Weinstein, then the executive producer on behalf of “Miramax,” had insisted the series be produced as one film, while Jackson maintained it must be spread out over two movies, Wood told actor Dax Shepard’s podcast, Armchair Expert, on Monday.

Weinstein also threatened to replace Jackson as director, according to the actor. He consented to Jackson’s request to find a new producer but set out “insane” terms, Wood said.

Miramax eventually pulled out of “Lord of the Rings,” which was taken over by New Line and released as a trilogy that went on to be a critical and commercial success, snaring multiple Academy Awards.

But Jackson found a way to exact his revenge.

“It’s funny. This was recently spoken about because [the actors who played hobbits Merry and Pippin] Dom [Monaghan] and Bill [Boyd] … were talking to Sean Astin [who played Samwise] about his first memory of getting to New Zealand [where the series was filmed],” said Wood, who starred as Frodo Baggins.

Harvey Weinstein arrives at a Manhattan courthouse for jury deliberations in his rape trial, February 24, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

“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 a fuck you.”

“I think that is okay to talk about now,” Wood said. “The guy is fucking incarcerated. Fuck him.”

Wood did not provide additional information on which orc was modeled after Weinstein.

Weinstein has been serving a 23-year prison sentence for sexual assault in New York since 2020 and faces additional rape charges in Los Angeles, which could land him another 140 years in prison.

Director Peter Jackson, second from left, gets a hug from actor Orlando Bloom as actors Evangeline Lilly, far left, and Elijah Wood, right, look on during a ceremony honoring Jackson with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in Los Angeles (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

In total, nearly 90 women have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault.

He has always denied the charges, both in New York and in Los Angeles, claiming that his accusers consented.

Agencies contributed to this report.

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