The cast of The Lord of the Rings has reunited over the weekend for Reunited Apart, Josh Gad’s quarantine-friendly chat series on YouTube.
Gad, star of Frozen, started the series to raise funds for charitable causes during the COVID-19 pandemic and has already brought together the casts of Splash and The Goonies.
Sean Astin, who played Mikey Walsh in The Goonies also played Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Astin helped Gad bring together Elijah Wood, Dominic Monaghan and Bolly Boyd, before Orlando Bloom, Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Peter Jackson joined with fellow LOTR writer Philippa Boyens.
Viggo Mortensen and Andy Serkis popped up too, with the latter discussing the motion capture and special effects applications to create Gollum.
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Finally, Sean Bean, John Rhys-Davies, Karl Urban, Liv Tyler and Miranda Otto connected and the reunited cast reenacted a couple of iconic scenes from the trilogy.
The video is a bit of a watch, clocking in at 50 minutes but it’s great hearing some stories of the film’s production and the cast bantering back and forth.
McKellen, who played Gandalf, said that his first day on set was for his first scene in The Fellowship of the Ring, when he meets up with Frodo in the Shire. The very next scene he shot was Gandalf’s farewell in The Return of the King.
Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series adaption was set to start filming in New Zealand until COVID-19 put a stop to things. However, the NZ Film Commission has recently said it wants to start the cameras up very soon.