Philippa: [Hobbits and Strider approach Weathertop] This is the approach to Weathertop.
Peter: This is a little bit of stuff that was directed by Barrie Osborne: I wasn’t here on this day that they
went to this location. But it’s a pretty amazing place. [Hobbits settle down in the dell] But here we are now in the
Philippa: It’s interesting that we never actually got the name Weathertop out in the script. It remained Amon
Fran: Oh, did it?
Peter: Well there’s a lot of names that we never go out in the script.
Peter: There was someone asked something the other day… Actually, you know that Galadriel is never mentioned
Fran: She names herself, “I will remain Galadriel”
Peter: At the end, yeah, that’s right. At the end of the scene.
Fran: There’s only so many introductions you can squash –.
Philippa: Squash into it.
Fran: [Frodo: “What are you doing?!”] Oh, this is where a critic tore us to pieces in England for the
Peter: That’s right. Tomatoes came from the New World.
Peter: As did potatoes, and Tolkien mentioned both tomatoes and potatoes. But apparently he…
Philippa: Yes, he does.
Peter: But apparently he later revised tomatoes.
Philippa: Yes he did, he revised tomatoes [Peter laughs], but left the tobacco from the New World, and the…
Philippa: …the potatoes.
Peter: I find it all a bit ludicrous to worry about that sort of thing, when you’re dealing with Middle-earth
and Balrogs and cave trolls, what is the problem with a tomato?
Philippa: It was a deliberate mistake. It was a deliberate mistake: it was one of those ones where we knew.
We’d had the discussion; we said: “Ah, you know, I suppose they’d eat tomatoes.”
Fran: I thought it was Dominic ad-libbing on the day.
Philippa: No, no. It –. No, “Ash on my tomatoes”, no, that was Pete’s –.
Fran: No, “One of my tomatoes burst.”
Philippa: Oh yeah, no that was the ADR ad-lib, yeah. [Fran and Philippa laugh] No, no, no, the tomatoes…
the tomatoes… We’re getting into the vegetables again! [Fran and Philippa laugh] Having entire discussions
Peter: Weathertop was one of the very first things we filmed. This was done at the very beginning of our shooting
schedule, so we were all a little bit green and naļve, and, you know, it’s amazing, when you start shooting a movie,
how awkward things are at the beginning, just from the point of view of directing the movie, and getting your head into what
you’re doing; and I always look upon Weathertop as being one of those scenes, in my mind, that represents that, sort
of, foggy –
Philippa: [Frodo takes out the Ring] That’s a brilliant shot!
Peter: – that foggy area at the beginning of the shoot.
Philippa: [Frodo stares up at the Ringwraiths] Another brilliant shot.
Fran: [at same time as Philippa] Great… this is the best…
Philippa: I think this is one of the best moments in the film [Fran, at the same time as Philippa:
best moments in the film], actually. [laughs]
Peter: Why they’re going on like this is that some of this was directed by Philippa and Fran. The shots of
the Witch-king – this stuff of the Witch-king coming towards camera – were particularly their shots.
Philippa: [The Witch-king raises his blade, ready to stab Frodo] That moment there: I got called by Pete, saying,
“Watch the sharps on the blade” and I turned to Alan Gilford, our D.O.P., and said, “Pete wants the blade
sharpened!” [Philippa laughs] At which case, I think they decided to remove me from any other directorial duties!
Peter: The wraith-world sequences… This wraith-world stuff is pretty much as described in the book, really.
I always loved the way that the Ringwraiths are visible in twilight world: they’re visible as their, sort of, their…
in a kingly… ghostly shapes, which I always thought was neat, and something a bit spooky about it. (beat) Now
this fight that Viggo did was his very first day, wasn’t it? This was day one of Viggo, wasn’t it?
Fran: Yes, it was, yeah.
Peter: He had just been cast in the film. As most people probably know, he came to the movie very late. He was cast
after we started shooting, in fact, and he had to get on a plane immediately and come down to New Zealand; and within two
days of getting off the plane, once we made sure his costume fitted, he was put on set, and this was –. This scene that
we’re looking at now is the very first thing that he shot on day one, which was good and bad, I mean it was great that
it was a fight scene rather than a dialogue scene, just to allow him to get into the character a little bit, but he also had
never handled a sword in his life before. This was his debut as a swordsman! [laughs] And Bob Anderson, who was our Master
Swordsman, did a brilliant job at just training Viggo at a very short notice, and obviously he was there as we were shooting
and Bob was able to train Viggo as each shot was being shot, and it was a very, you know, it was a pretty tricky introduction
to the movie for Viggo; but by the time we finished shooting fifteen months later, he was an absolutely amazing swordsman.
(beat) [Aragorn, with Frodo over his shoulder, runs from Weathertop with the hobbits behind him] This scene here was
just about Viggo’s last scenes, right at the end of the fifteen months. (beat)