Wenham Wonderland
Acting Career: Films

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

* Synopsis & Cast * David's Role * Trivia * Gallery * Press * Links * Audio * Video *


Synopsis and Cast:

Frodo and Sam head out on their own to find the ring, while Aragorn and the others gather their allies to prepare for battle.

Cast List:
Bruce Allpress - Aldor
Sean Astin - Samwise 'Sam' Gamgee
John Bach - Madril
Sala Baker - Man Flesh Uruk
Cate Blanchett - Galadriel
Orlando Bloom - Legolas Greenleaf
Billy Boyd - Peregrin 'Pippin' Took
Jed Brophy - Sharku / Snaga
Sam Comery - Éothain
Brad Dourif - Grima Wormtongue
Calum Gittins - Haleth
Bernard Hill - Theoden
Bruce Hopkins - Gamling
Paris Howe Strewe - Théodred - Prince of Rohan
Christopher Lee - Saruman the White
Nathaniel Lees - Uglúk
John Leigh - Háma
Robbie Magasiva - Mauhur
Robyn Malcolm - Morwen
Ian McKellen - Gandalf
Dominic Monaghan - Meriadoc 'Merry' Brandybuck
Viggo Mortensen - Aragorn
Paul Norell - Easterlin
Miranda Otto - Eowyn
Craig Parker - Haldir
Bruce Phillips - Rohan Soldier
Robert Pollock - Mordor Orc
John Rhys-Davies - Gimli / Voice of Treebeard
Andy Serkis - Gollum
Olivia Tennet - Freda
Ray Trickett - Bereg
Liv Tyler - Arwen
Karl Urban - Eomer
Stephen Ure - Grishnákh
Hugo Weaving - Elrond
David Wenham - Faramir
Elijah Wood - Frodo Baggins
Victoria Beynon-Cole - Hero Orc
Lee Hartley - Hero Orc
Philip Grieve - Hero Orc
Billy Jackson - Cute Rohan Refugee Child
Katie Jackson - Cute Rohan Refugee Child
Sean Bean - Boromir (extended edition)
John Noble - Denethor (extended edition)


David's Role:

David played Faramir. A Gondorian warrior who suspects two Hobbits, Frodo and Sam, of being spies.


Galleries:

Premieres
ORC 2007
RingCon 2013
Screen Captures, Stills and Behind the Scenes
Faramir Figure


Trivia:

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

Unlike the main cast, David joined in the filming late, but said he was welcomed warmly by everyone.

Andy Serkis said that David, like everyone else, had to adjust at first to all the technical aspects of the filming on his first day, but he soon figured things out and nailed his scene. Andy described David as "bringing phenomenal depth to Gondor's ill-treated son." Andy added that he enjoyed watching David perform such a richly conflicted role.

David described Boromir as impetuous, while Faramir was more of a thinker.

David's scenes with Sean Bean and John Noble were cut from the theatrical version, but were added back in for the extended edition DVD release.

John Noble has said that that scene is one of his favorites from the films.

There were a few other small scenes and/or camera angles that were not used in the theatrical but included in the extended edition.

In order to maintain the discord between Denethor and Faramir, John Noble and David did not interact much on set, but got along well once the filming had been completed.

John Noble's theory as to why Denethor seemed to despise Faramir was that Faramir reminded Denethor of his late wife.

Orlando Bloom original auditioned as Faramir.

Ethan Hawk was originally chosen as Faramir, but his schedule conflicted.

David met Peter Jackson and got to see Weta studios in Wellington back in 1998 when he was in New Zealand at the premiere of The Boys.

Although he joined the filming late (since he wasn't in the first film), the cast and crew were very welcoming.

One of the reasons David was chosen as Farmir is his resemblance to Sean Bean who plays his brother in the film.

David had never read the books when he signed up for the film.

David asked for someone else to hold the sword against Elijah Wood's chest, because he was afraid of hurting him.

Christopher Tolkien, the son of the author, drew the map that Faramir and Madril look at.

When the Nazgul flies over Faramir's head, David said that there was a plane flying over at the time.

David said he loved working in New Zealand, and would move to Wellington, if it wasn't so windy.

He loved Faramir's Ranger costume.

David was given Faramir's sword as a souvenir from the film. He also received an album of photographs which chronicled the whole filming experience.

David was a part of the ensemble cast nominated for the award for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture from The Screen Actors Guild in 2003. The cast did win a Best Acting Ensemble award from the Phoenix Film Critics Society and the Online Film Critics Society Awards.

The following cast members were in Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: 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.

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 Return of the King, After the Deluge, Legend of the Guardians and Oranges and Sunshine. He also had a role in the film Little Fish, which was adapted from the short film Tran the Man.

Cate Blanchett starred in the plays Hamlet and The Tempest, and was in the TV show Heartland.

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

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


Audio:

Quotest:
"Saruman attacks from Isengard, Sauron from Mordor..."
"My men tell me that you are Orc spies"
"If you are not spies, then who are you?"
"Where is your skulking friend?"
"You were a friend of Boromir?"
"He was my brother"
"You must come with me...now."
"To enter the Forbidden Pool bears the penalty of death."
"...the Ring of Power within my grasp."
"Chance for Faramir, Captain of Gondor, to show his quality."
"The Ring will go to Gondor."
"Take them to my father..."
"Nazgul!"
"Take cover!"
"...Then it is forfeit."
"...only servants of the Dark Tower."
"His sense of duty is no less than yours, I deem."
"War will make corpses of us all."
"His horn washed up upon the riverbank..."
"Good speech...nice and short."
"He's here."
"...Send me in his stead."
"Our numbers were too few."
"That is not my intent."
"This is the old sewer..."
"The Shire must really be a great realm, Master Gamgee..."
"What road will you take...?"
"They say a dark terror dwells in the passes above Minas Morgul..."
"Go with the good will of all men."
"May death find you quickly..."

From the featurettes:
The Faramir that David knew
The journey of Faramir, the character
Why the changes for Faramir took place
"Absolutely, we both have big noses..."
"Osgiliath the set... was real
Frodo's change ... got the "snip, snip!"
The design of the 'Tree of Gondor
On the "family" ...
The 'clockwork orange' sequence
The 747 WAS the Nazgul
Dom and Billy talk about "Daisy"
Bill & Dom read the credits


Video:

Scenes:
LOTR Extended Edition - Faramir's talking frodo/sam
LOTR Extended Edition - Osgiliath , Mordor

Interviews and Premieres:
Short interview on differences between Faramir & Boromir
Thanks goes to the owner of un4scene.com


Links:

The Brothers of Gondor - Index
Council of Elrond :: LotR News and Information
Press Conference Panel 2 Transcript
Images From The Lord Of The Rings
Lord of the Rings and Hobbit News from War of the Ring
TheOneRing.net
www.lotrsketchcards.com
The Premiere Parade
Warriors of Gondor
Aerendi and Evenstar


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