Gil-galad actor Benjamin Walker on what viewers would be surprised to learn about making the show
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is Amazon Prime Video’s big-budget fantasy series. No matter what you think of the story so far, the series has awe-inspiring visuals and epic scale. It’s very detailed, with sets and costumes representing years of history and storytelling. Actor Benjamin Walker says there are aspects to the making of power rings which would surprise many viewers.
“The Rings of Power” is a prequel series to “Lord of the Rings”
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power takes place thousands of years before the events of JRR Tolkien’s novels. It features familiar characters such as Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) and Elrond (Robert Aramayo), but also introduces viewers to new characters and unique settings. The story revolves around the forging of the Rings of Power and the rise of the Dark Lord Sauron.
power rings is an incredibly expensive business for Amazon. The budget for each season is around $100-150 million, and the series could eventually top $1 billion. Amazon also spent $250 million to acquire the television rights to the Lord of the Rings. Amazon is investing heavily in this series, and much of that budget can be seen on screen.
Benjamin Walker Shares What Might Surprise Viewers About Directing ‘The Rings of Power’
Benjamin Walker plays Gil-galad, the High King of the Elves. In an interview with Collider, Walker talks about the great spectacle seen in power rings. He says fans can imagine the level of work that went into this series, but he says the amount of collaboration that occurred on set would surprise audiences.
“Probably the level of collaboration that went into it, because it makes sense that the scale of it was huge and it makes sense that the amount of work that went into it was tireless,” Walker shares. “What surprised me was that on the day of filming there was something of a bit of an independent, guerrilla-style film, everyone was standing around trying to figure out how to extract every bit of magic of those scenes and it surprised me.”
“And I think you can really tell because that’s what Tolkien did right,” Walker continues. “He created these vast universes, creatures and languages, but at the heart of it is the battle between good versus evil and the intricacies of those relationships and JD and Patrick have helped us stay true to that. “
Walker says the attention to detail is intense
The production design of power rings is amazing and Benjamin Walker says it’s no coincidence. He shares a story of the level of detail shown by the production team. the Lord of the Rings fans know their stuff, so the creative team for this series will need to know Tolkien lore as well.
“My first day on set, there was something like 200,000 to 300,000 hand-painted gold leaves on the floor,” Walker explains. “I mean, painted individually. Like leaves. Unique little constellations of life that someone has researched and tested on and had multiple iterations and reunions. The color of the leaf, the size of the leaf, the health of the tree the leaf fell from, the ground the leaf landed on, and now I’m walking to the set and they’re perfectly placed and the place is alive with the love and detail that has gone into it.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
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