Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most impactful film franchises in history. In addition to making nearly $3 billion, the three films also won a whopping 17 Oscars. When the first film – The Fellowship of the Ring – came out in 2001, the filmmaker “seriously considered” seeing a hypontherapist to help him forget the films. Also read: Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power trailer brings Sauron, Balrog . back

Lord of the Rings is an adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s classic book series of the same name. Boasting a strong ensemble cast, groundbreaking visual effects, and massive scale, the films took years to complete. In a recent interview, Peter complained that he was so invested in the movies for so long that he could never see them with fresh eyes like everyone else.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he said: “When we made the Lord of the Rings movies, I always felt like I was the unlucky one who never got to see [them] like a coming-out-of-the-blue movie. By the time they were shown, I had been immersed in them for five or six years. It was such a loss for me not to be able to see them like everyone else. I seriously considered going to a hypnotherapist to hypnotize me so that I would forget the movies and work I’d been doing for the past six or seven years so I could enjoy them.’

Even though the filmmaker didn’t go through with the plan, he did speak to a mentalist who agreed to do it. “I didn’t go through with it, but I did talk to” [British mentalist] Derren Brown about that and he thought he could,” added Peter. After the LOTR trilogy, Peter returned to the Tolkienverse with The Hobbit Trilogy (2012-14), based on the author’s 1937 novel The Hobbit The series was also commercially successful, earning $2.9 billion, but the three films received less critical acclaim from critics.

A Lord of the Rings prequel titled The rings of powerpremieres on Prime Video on September 2. The series, which has already been confirmed for five seasons, is the most expensive show ever made with a reported budget of $1 billion, more than any of the previous trilogies.


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