A month or less before the highly anticipated premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, Amazon has officially announced that it has acquired the epic drama with Tokien influences for a whole five-season run.
As swift as this move may be, it’s also well-calculated, since the current cinematic adaptations of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings novels are among the biggest grossing pictures in the history of cinema, and their devoted fan bases celebrate the legacy that Tolkien established. Leading the massive production is J. A. Bayona (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), who hasn’t cut any corners throughout filming; officially, this is the most costly television production ever. Charlie Vickers, one of the show’s emerging talents, portrays the recently developed character Halbrand, a Human from the Southlands who must brave a turbulent relationship with Morfydd Clark’s Galadriel. Vickers talks with 1883 to reveal some eye-opening facts about Halbrand’s complex psychology, his own real-life catharsis when he’s not acting, and a lot, lot more, even if he stays silent on the most of the plot.
Charlie Vickers, since we’ve caught you in the midst of a hectic promotional trip, may I ask how long the Lord of the Rings filming took?
We spent almost two years in New Zealand, although we weren’t there to shoot. We took a break because to COVID-19.We were all out for maybe six months during that time, and some of us decided to stay in New Zealand. It was an arduous procedure, taking almost 18 months to complete the actual filming.
What was the duration of Charlie Vickers 18-month stay on set, starting at 3 am?
We would likely end around 5:00 or 6:00 p.m.
I’m doing the maths for the hours each day, thusIt seems like you’re playing a part in this ethereal, beautiful world for longer each day than you are off set. Since you spend the bulk of your day and week—psychologically speaking—in that environment, how can you unwind or mentally distance yourself from it?
Yes. That’s a really difficult issue, which I discovered when I was going.To be honest, I had a hard time keeping my work distinct from me when I was working on it. One of the intriguing aspects of the show is that, due to the various realms it takes place in—humans, elves, half-foots, and all these different people and worlds—you are frequently able to film for one or two months at a time intensely, followed by a break. This means that, while you were in the middle of a filming block in your world, it effectively became your life. After that, during the days or weeks when you weren’t filming, you would relax. The early days were, as I mentioned, 3 a.m., but even if you arrive here at 5 a.m., which is a very typical morning, and you film until 6 p.m., or whenever it may be, it does become a part of your world because I reflect on the day when I go home.Thinking back on the day, since I’m not very adept at turning it off. Maybe as my profession progresses, I’ll become more proficient at it.