Philippa: [A Daughter of Kings] And look what the poor woman is reduced to! (beat) This was a quick
rewrite, wasn’t it? Quick rewrite, give it to the actors, shoot it.
Peter: Was it one of those slipped under the hotel door…
Philippa: It was.
Peter: … ten o’clock at night, before we shoot it.
Philippa: This was based around wanting to get that great dialogue in of: “What is it you fear, my lady?”
“A cage: to stay behind bars.” But you had that very strong instinct that it had to be more than that. We also
loved that line, remember: “The women of this country learnt long ago those…”
Fran: “… without swords…”
Philippa: “… can still die upon them.”
Fran: I think this scene, more than any other, captures his spirit.
Philippa: Yeah, it does. It’s more true to [?] [Fran agrees] This is, I think, Miranda’s favourite.
I think he’s really spunky in this scene.
Fran: It’s also the scene where you see that she falls in love with him: it’s quite a credible moment,
Peter: Is that why I got tossed…
Peter: … out of the scene? [Philippa, laughing: You did! Yes!] And leave the spunky… The spunky
Aragorn scenes get directed by Fran…
Peter: … with Philippa hovering in the wings, sort of, drooling –
Philippa: [at same time as Peter] Actually, I want some guy…
Peter: [at same time as Philippa] – and I get to go off and shoot some Gollum stuff or something.
Philippa: [shrugging] Yeah! I want some guy to say that to me.
Peter: Do you?
Philippa: “You are a Shieldmaiden of Rohan.”
Peter: Well, I’ll say it to you.
Philippa: [at same time as Peter] I mean, you’d melt. Wouldn’t you melt? [laughs]
Fran: You did go through…
Peter: Well, do you want us to make you a suit of chain mail or something?
Philippa: [laughing] Yes!
Peter: And to get you a sword?
Philippa: I am Éowyn; Fran’s Arwen.