Sean Astin, who plays Samwise in The Lord of the Rings, spoiled a pivotal Frodo sequence.


Sean Astin, who plays Samwise in The Lord of the Rings, spoiled a pivotal Frodo sequence.

Dominic Monaghan, star of THE LORD OF THE RINGS, has stated that Sean Astin “ruined” one of the most dramatic passages in the Tolkien trilogy, forcing them to reshoot it.

The actors and crew of The Lord of the Rings filmed in various spectacular places throughout New Zealand. The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King enlisted a massive cast and crew to bring the world of Middle Earth to life. Excessive emotions and Samwise Gamgee actor Sean Astin, however, destroyed one of the closing moments of the entire encounter.

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Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd, stars of Merry and Pippin, spoke out about the moment on their podcast, Friendship Onion, about how difficult the Grey Havens sequence was.

Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) and Bilbo Baggins (Sir Ian Holm) traveled to Valinor with Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellan), Elrond (Hugo Weaving), and Galadriel (Cate Blanchett) to live out their final days.

Both the hobbits and the actors were overcome with emotion as this was their final scene in the epic fantasy series.

“Well, we had to do it three times!” Monaghan recounted.

“For those of you who don’t know why we did it three times…,” Boyd explained. Sean Astin, who plays Samwise, was dressed incorrectly.

“After lunch, he removed his vest and ate his meal. He neglected to put the vest on when he returned, so it was destroyed for continuity.”

This wasn’t the only blunder that spoiled the scenario, though, and it wasn’t Astin’s fault.

“We came back the next day and filmed it again, and the film was destroyed in the plant where it was processed,” he continued.

“So we had to do it again the next day!” Boyd explained. That’s why we had to repeat the process three times. ​

Monaghan went on to say that the third version of the scene, which appears in the movie, was nowhere near as excellent as the first.

“If you were to ask all four of us: ‘Pick a scenario you can promise you’ll only have to do once and won’t have to do again,” he remarked.


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