I was watching The Two Towers this afternoon–the second film in the LOTR trilogy–and naturally, I was thinking about the world’s tallest dwarf.
I found myself paying particular attention to Gimli the dwarf, played by John Rhys-Davies. Davies has said the makeup process for the three films was less than enjoyable. Since it was only his voice that particularly resembled him once he was out of the makeup chair, I can see why.
If ladies world-wide were chasing John after the first LOTR film, imagine what they will do to Richard. Then again, maybe we shouldn’t imagine.
I wonder how long Richard has to spend each day getting his Thorin hair, makeup and prosthetics into place (and then getting out of it all)? We know he’s a guy who doesn’t like to fuss about his appearance in RL. But he is also a professional who wants to get all the details right, so I am sure he undergoes the process with grace and good humor. And considering what some of the other actors playing dwarves in TH have to undergo for their comical looks, he may very well count himself lucky.
His look has evolved somewhat from the earliest glimpses we had of Thorin. The hooked nose seems to have been modified; we know adjustments were made to allow his mouth and jaw greater mobility. I am very glad of this because Mr. A has a marvelously expressive face. He also has a very regal-looking countenance to go with that regal bearing. His character is, after all, the uncrowned King Under the Mountain.
They opted for Richard’s own facial hair rather than a long false beard, a change which disturbs certain purists. However, I am sure Richard’s magnificent mane of hair is enough to contend with (I will be interested to see what sort of hair acting he will bring to the role).
In the end, it is not the beard that makes the dwarf; it’s the actor inhabiting the role. And I would say Thorin is in safe hands with Richard.
One of the things I anticipate about Comic-Con next month in San Diego is getting to see more of Thorin in a sneak peek. Apparently the largest conference room at Comic-Con is equipped to show films in 3D. I can’t wait to drink it all in!!
And speaking of Comic-Con, donations are being taken to help fund my dream trip. Use the donate button on the right to contribute through PayPal or contact me if you want to go a different route. Asilomar is also offering her beautiful sterling silver jewelry as part of this fundraising effort. The winged heart reminds me of Mr. A, and how he makes our hearts and spirits soar. “Do you want to give your heart wings? And fedoralady wings?” The necklaces are $35 including the cost of shipping and are made to order in the length you specify.