The Lord of the Rings - Cannes Coverage

Last Update: 15 May 2001


14 May 2001

Lord Of The Rings director Peter Jackson has admitted he was very nervous about showing some clips of the films at the Cannes Film Festival.

As well as a montage of the first film, journalists have been shown footage from both the second and third instalments.

Jackson says he was worried about showing such short clips.

"It's also kind of scary showing what we're showing here," he said.

"It's weird, because it's not the movie. Lord Of The Rings is such a rich book with great plot machinations and characters. It's a little bit painful to just show a seven-minute kind of sketchy montage of the story," he told USA Today.

One of the director's hardest tasks was deciding how to turn Elijah Wood, Sean Astin and the other Hobbits into believably small people: "It's an interesting challenge to make it believable and also for it not to take you out of the film and make you too self-conscious that these people are so small," Wood said.

"You see the hobbits have human qualities as well and are not sort of cartoonish. It's short people and tall people, and that's just the way Middle-earth is."

Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring is due to be released in the UK in December.

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