Someone put a Harvey Weinstein mask on an Uruk-hai costume during the production of The Lord of the Rings, Samwise Gamgee actor Sean Astin has revealed. Appearing on the Friendship Onion podcast with two other Hobbit actors, Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd, Astin said one of his first experiences after touching down in New Zealand for the mega-shoot was visiting a production facility where he saw something he did not expect.
“I also remember, oh do I even go there–the Uruk Hai outfits, the rubber suits, the villain, the disgusting things that those poor guys had on for months at a time. There was one that looked like Harvey Weinstein. It was an absolute, photo-real image of Harvey Weinstein on this villainous Uruk-hai rubber suit, the mask or whatever,” Astin said. “I didn’t know if I was supposed to say anything.”
Astin said he was unaware of the behind-the-scenes drama with how The Lord of the Rings as a film was originally envisioned when Peter Jackson was developing the films with Miramax.