Peter (cont.): I’m sure people are going to blame me for Lúrtz licking his dagger, but that was actually
filmed by Barrie Osborne, and I have no responsibility for it at all. [laughs] I can distance myself from it, although I do
actually quite like it! (beat) [Boromir: “I tried to take the Ring from him”] This moment between Boromir
and Aragorn is iconic from the book, you know, you can read the book and imagine our Boromir leaning against the base of the
tree with the arrows in him, and Aragorn leaning over him and –.
Philippa: I think this moment is better than the moment in the book. There, I said it! [laughs] I do.
Peter: Yeah, well we definitely enhanced [Philippa: I think we did] the dialogue: we made it –.
Philippa: Not just the dialogue, but I actually think the emotional content [Peter: Yeah] of this moment,
and the connection between these two characters. And I do think it was a failure of Professor Tolkien’s. I wanted more
when I read that moment in the book.
Peter: Yeah. (beat) [Aragorn: “I will not let the White City fall”] As it is in the movie, this
scene really becomes as much about Aragorn as it is about Boromir’s death, and it is… It’s really a moment
for Aragorn to declare to us, the audience, his intention now to embrace his birthright as a noble King of Men, and to pursue
that, which is obviously what… really what Aragorn’s story is over our next two movies.
Philippa: And it’s the simple identification with the world of Men, “Our People,” he says, and
you can see… and Sean plays it so beautifully.
Peter: There’s a very subtle thing that happens when Boromir dies here, just coming up shortly, that on our
colour [?tiling ?timing] – because we did all of our colour grading in a computer, we were able just to make his face
go pale at the moment that he dies… just to take away [Philippa, amazed: Ahh!] a little bit of the colour.
Philippa: That last line was… There were advocates to cut that last line, and it was very interesting that
Sean really, really wanted that line, “My brother, my captain, my king.”
Peter: Oh, that was a great line. [Philippa: Yes] I really love it. I really love it. It’s great. [Aragorn
kisses Boromir’s forehead] This is an image that I really like, too, of the kiss on the forehead.