Transcript of 'Orlando Tips his Boat' feature from FOTR Special Extended Edition DVD
Transcribed by Vicki
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Peter Jackson: Usually it wasn't doubles in these boats, it was usually the
actors themselves. We only had one mishap, um which I was aware of when we were
shooting the scene where the actors are looking up at the Argonath, and that was
a very deep, swift flowing river, and um...Orlando Bloom was paddling his canoe
when he had a small Gimli, it wasn't John Rhys Davies, it was Brett who was sort
of a small Gimli double dwarf-size.
Orlando Bloom: Myself and Brett were in
this boat and one of the guys filming grabbed the front of our boat and stopped
us, because we were going on down stream and he just stopped us to catch us. But
the water was running so fast that when he held onto the boat it just started to
come over the top of the boat and into the boat and so we just started going
down. And I was going 'Let go of the boat, let go man!' because he was like
holding onto it, trying to help us.
Peter Jackson: And these guys went under
the water, the boat sunk and, and all the safety, we had lots of safety
boats they rushed in.
Orlando Bloom: and Brett BT was in, it's kind of funny
except, that Brett was in this like armour, like he's in heavy armour man,
that's chainmail that he was wearing and he's got this wetsuit on, but and he
had, he had like a blow up, um,... thing underneath him, a blow up um, life
jacket in case, and he pulled that, and it didn't really inflate, and I could
see him going down, so I just went like, I was holding onto this guy, and I just
yanked him up out of the water and he was, (makes gurgling noise), and I was
holding him up like this (demonstrates) and he was like going, (makes gurgling
noise again and shakes his head), like he was freaked out man, we chucked him up
and he was ok but it was like phew, for a minute there man, I mean that could
have been bad.
Peter Jackson: I think Orlando was more embarrassed than
anything, to be the one member of the Fellowship, who kind of sunk his boat,
whilst on active duty.