The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Trivia: The two people who spent three years creating the chain mail costumes and costume pieces no longer had any fingerprints on their index finger and thumb by the time they had finished. Peter Jackson jokingly said that they would now be able to commit a crime with 4 fingers.

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Trivia: Viggo Mortensen was so impressed with the horse his character Aragorn was riding in the movies, that he bought it from its owner. It had to be flown back to New Zealand for reshoots. While filming, he would sometimes sleep in the stable with the horse, to earn its trust. Trust was particularly important for the scene when the horse kneels and lies near him at the river.

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Trivia: Almost certainly not deliberate, but the scene where Saruman is making gunpowder and Grima Wormtongue leans over with a candle, so Saruman gently edges him backwards, is almost identical to a scene in "Army of Darkness."

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Trivia: Viggo Mortensen's son, Henry, makes a brief cameo as one of the children preparing for battle at Helm's Deep. Before Aragorn addresses Haleth, son of Hama, Henry Mortensen is the boy with the helmet, standing beside Haleth. (00:56:40)

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Trivia: It is Christopher Lee's voice mixed with Ian McKellen's that is heard when Gandalf speaks while he's hidden by the white light in Fangorn Forest. It is also Lee's voice heard when King Theoden is speaking to Gandalf, while he is still under Saruman's power. Confirmed on the commentary.

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Trivia: There were days where Orlando Bloom (Legolas) was unable to wear his blue contact lenses, because they scratched his eyes. For those scenes his eyes were digitally colorized.

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Trivia: Gimli's prosthetic forehead had become detached by the time they were to shoot him in this scene. The senior prosthetics supervisor got on his stomach behind Gimli and pulled on a rope that was attached to the back of the prosthetic in order to pull the wrinkles out of Gimli's forehead and keep it in place. Art Director Ben Price is the very dead twitchy Uruk-hai that Gimli is sitting on. Commentary, extended DVD. (01:38:50)

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Trivia: The filming of the Battle of Helm's Deep was so long and grueling (months), that by the end of the shoot, the actors, crew and extras had T-shirts made up that read, "I survived Helm's Deep," but with the letter "m" crossed out.

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Trivia: In the scene at Helm's Deep when Legolas is talking about how Rohan will definitely lose the battle, there are two men to the left of Aragorn. One is conceptual artist Alan Lee, and the other is art director Dan Hennah.

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Trivia: In the Extended Edition, when Merry and Pippin begin to grow, Merry says "But I've always been the tall one," Monahan and Boyd said in the commentary that quite often that is how the crew referred to them because they kept confusing Monahan and Boyd so they were the "tall one" and the "short one."

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Trivia: Andy Serkis (Gollum) did the voices of three Uruk-hai and Orcs in the scene outside Fangorn. Some of the lines he says are, "We ain't had nuthin but maggoty bread for three stinkin' days," and "Why can't we have some meat. What about them? They're fresh." (00:28:40)

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Trivia: 1,000 Hobbit feet were created. Each pair only lasted for two days.

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Trivia: Most of the actors who played the Orcs were actually women.

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Suggested correction: Most of the actors who played Rohirrim (not Orcs) were women. Orcs were mostly the NZ army.

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Trivia: Elijah Wood's (Frodo) sister Hannah, is in the film. She's the lone, blonde, lost-looking girl, clutching her shawl with her left hand, at the beginning of the shot in the Glittering Caves, at Helm's Deep when the women and children go in. She is also on the stairs for Theoden's return. (00:51:55)

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Trivia: To get the cheering and shouting for the Orcs at the battle of Helm's Deep, the producers recorded the 25,000 strong crowd at a New Zealand/England cricket match.

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Trivia: In one of the takes while filming the scene where Frodo and Sam are about to run to the Black Gate, and Gollum pulls them back, Andy Serkis (Gollum) pulled so hard on them both that he ripped off the wig worn by Sean Astin (Sam).

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Trivia: Usually when the people in charge of the scenery need to make a life-size model of something, they create the smaller version and then create the life-size one as much like it as possible. However, it was the other way around with Helm's Deep: the life-size model was built first (with an easily collapsible wall) and the miniature for it was built later.

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Trivia: John Rhys-Davies who plays Gimli the Dwarf also provides the voice for Treebeard the Ent. No effects were used beyond the actor speaking as low as possible and using a wooden megaphone.

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Trivia: In Helm's Deep, when women and children retreat to the caves, look closely at the children. They're the same actors as the Hobbit children listening to Bilbo's story of the trolls at his birthday party in "Fellowship" and they're in RotK as well. They're the children of director Peter Jackson and writer Fran Walsh.

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Trivia: Many of the major shots depicted in the movie are duplicates of Alan Lee's illustrations, in the LotR books, that had been published years before. In many shots, the actors were positioned in the same poses, as the drawings in the books. One example is, when Frodo pulls Gollum's head back and holds Sting up to his throat. (00:10:40)

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Continuity mistake: Merry and Pippin were bound when taken by the Uruk-hai, and the bonds weren't cut until after they managed to escape during the fight. Yet, when the horse almost crashed down on Pippin, he had his arms spread out up near his face, not bound, even though they weren't cut until later. In the next shot, his hands are bound again. (00:31:15)

More mistakes in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Gimli: Oh come on, we can take 'em.
Aragorn: It's a long way.
Gimli: Toss me.
Aragorn: What?
Gimli: I cannot jump the distance you'll have to toss me!...don't tell the elf.
Aragorn: Not a word.

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Question: When Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli found out that Gandalf has risen, did Gandalf ever wonder why Boromir was not with the three hunters?

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Answer: He may well have, but as there's no need for us, the audience, to see him being brought up to date because we've seen it all, it can be assumed that Aragorn told him about the events since the Mines of Moria while they travel, off-screen, to Edoras.

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