Wenham Wonderland
Acting Career: Films

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

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Synopsis and Cast:

The former Fellowship of the Ring prepare for the final battle for Middle Earth, while Frodo & Sam approach Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring.

Cast List:
Noel Appleby - Everard Proudfoot
Alexandra Astin - Elanor Gamgee
Sean Astin - Sam
David Aston - Gondorian Soldier 3
John Bach - Madril
Sean Bean - Boromir
Cate Blanchett - Galadriel
Orlando Bloom - Legolas
Billy Boyd - Pippin
Sadwyn Brophy - Eldarion
Alistair Browning - Damrod
Marton Csokas - Celeborn
Richard Edge - Gondorian Soldier 1
Jason Fitch - Uruk 2
Bernard Hill - Theoden
Ian Holm - Bilbo
Bruce Hopkins - Gamling
Ian Hughes - Irolas
Lawrence Makoare - Witchking / Gothmog
Ian McKellen - Gandalf
Bret McKenzie - Elf Escort
Sarah McLeod - Rosie Cotton
Maisy McLeod-Riera - Baby Gamgee
Dominic Monaghan - Merry
Viggo Mortensen - Aragorn
John Noble - Denethor
Paul Norell - King of the Dead
Miranda Otto - Eowyn
Bruce Phillips - Grimbold
Shane Rangi - Harad Leader 2
John Rhys-Davies - Gimli
Todd Rippon - Harad Leader 1
Thomas Robins - Deagol
Andy Serkis - Gollum / Smeagol
Harry Sinclair - Isildur
Peter Tait - Shagrat
Joel Tobeck - Orc Lieutenant 1
Liv Tyler - Arwen
Karl Urban - Eomer
Stephen Ure - Gorbag
Hugo Weaving - Elrond
David Wenham - Faramir
Elijah Wood - Frodo
Alan Howard - The Ring (voice)
Sala Baker - Orc / Sauron
Robert Pollock - Orc
Ross Duncan - Orc
Pete Smith - Orc
Jed Brophy - Orc
Lee Hartley - Orc
Billy Jackson - Child
Katie Jackson - Child
Brad Dourif - Grima Wormtongue
Christopher Lee - Saruman
Bruce Spence - The Mouth of Sauron
Jørn Benzon - Traveling Elf / Various
Peter Jackson - Mercenary On Boat
Royd Tolkien - Ranger

David's Role:

David played Faramir. A Gondorian warrior who saw how powerless Gondor was on its own against Mordor, and who fought for praise from his disapproving father, who saw Faramir is a failure.


Comic-Con 2004
ORC 2007
RingCon 2013
Screen Captures, Stills and Behind the Scenes


From the novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien.

David's scene with Viggo Mortensen in the Houses of Healing was edited from the film, as was the wedding scene between Faramir of Eowyn. Neither scene has been made available for viewing anywhere. Other deleted scenes, including an extended argument between Faramir and Denethor, a chat with Pippin, and Faramir encountering Eowyn in the Houses of Healing were cut from the theatrical film, but put in the extended edition.

According to Ain't It Cool News, there is additional dialog between Faramir and Pippin. Pippin asks Faramir why his father is so angry, and offers to help.

A trained fencer, David described the sword fighting in Lord of the Rings as be more forceful and aggressive.

The first scene David filmed was a Houses of Healing scene between him and Miranda Otto, which he described as "nerve wracking" being that it was their first scene together in the film.

When Gandalf pleads with Faramir to not go on the suicide mission, Peter Jackson directed David to react as if he was saying, "Don't try to come between my father and me."

David's favorite scene in the film was when Faramir is riding with his men on the suicide mission. He thought the whole thing was incredible with the other riders next to him in that gorgeous landscape.

David had trouble with the horseback riding. He said he had two different horses in the film and that one had an injury. He joked that he was riding a $200 horse.

Because of the problems with the horses, the suicide ride had to be filmed on a truck with a fake horse.

David was a part of the ensemble cast that won the award for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture from the Screen Actors Guild in 2004. The cast was nominated for a Best Ensemble Acting award from the Phoenix Film Critics Society, and won for Best Acting by an Ensemble from the National Board of Review.

The following cast members were in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen, Dominic Monahan, Billy Boyd, Andy Serkis, Bernard Hill, Ian McKellen, Miranda Otto, John Rhys-Davies, Liv Tyler, Hugo Weaving, Karl Urban, John Noble, Brad Dourif, Christopher Lee, Sean Bean, John Bach, Jed Brophy, Bruce Hopkins, Bruce Phillips, Robert Pollock, Stephen Ure, Victoria Beynon-Cole, Lee Hartley, Paul Norell, Billy Jackson and Katie Jackson.

Billy Jackson and Katie Jackson are the children of Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh.

Alexandra Astin is Sean Astin's daughter.

Royd Tolkien is the grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Hugo Weaving worked with David on a few projects including the play That Eye, The Sky, and the films Russian Doll, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, After the Deluge, Legend of the Guardians and Oranges and Sunshine.

Cate Blanchett starred in the plays Hamlet and The Tempest, and was in the TV show Heartland and Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

Pete Smith (Orc) played George in The Boys.

John Bach (Madril) was in The Heroes as Donald Davidson.

Bruce Spence (The Mouth of Sauron) was in Dark City as Mr. Wall, Return to Jupiter as Ed Unit, The Brush Off as Philip Veale, Australia as Dr. Barker and in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Orlando Bloom was also in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.


"My lord, Osgiliath is overrun."


LOTR Extended Edition - Denetor's Thought
LOTR Extended Edition - Faramir & Pippin in MinasTirith
LOTR Extended Edition - Eowyn's Healing
LOTR Extended Edition - Eowyn with Faramir

Interviews and extras:
ROTK Premiere in LA
David at Berlin premiere
Interview with John Noble and David



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