King Théoden, Bernard Hill, Cares Not For The ‘Rings Of Power’

Bernard Hill Calls Rings Of Power Money-Making Venture
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He may ride to ruin and the world’s ending, but the actor who so perfectly played King Théoden has no time for Amazon’s Rings of Power. When interviewed by Metro about his time in Middle Earth, veteran actor Bernard Hill did not appear to be too concerned with the Amazon series or being connected with it in any way. He did, however, call the series out for being something some fans would consider a cash grab, “It’s a money-making venture and I’m not interested in watching that or being in it. Good luck to them and all that stuff but it’s not like the real thing.

Hill’s criticisms weren’t strictly aimed at the Amazon debacle. The actor also weighed in on Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Hobbit, saying, “I think they were pushing it when they made The Hobbit. The Hobbit’s a tiny book.” He continued, “They expanded it [but] I think you can only stretch a piece of elastic so far.” The story of Bilbo’s grand journey is pretty short. However, Jackson managed to stretch Thorin and company’s trek to Lonely Mountain over three films.

The first season of Amazon’s 1 billion dollar non-canon Lord of the Rings prequel was met with mixed reactions. The Rings of Power raised a few eyebrows before it aired, with one of the red flags being when Tolkien scholar Tom Shippey left the production. Upon its premiere, there were noticeable changes to the overall lore and specific essential individuals. In addition, the series reinterpreted well-known characters to appease the mythical “modern audience.” Of course, criticism of the lore deviating from J.R.R. Tolkien’s works was met with the typical deflection tactics, i.e., calling people’ ists’ and ‘phobes.’

Even though there are significant issues with what is a fan-fiction prequel, Amazon appears to be pushing on with another season. It is rumored that those behind this production may be removed from the project, but multi-season contracts may prohibit that.

[Source: Metro]

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