September 06, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
179 minutes
Wide Release Date
12/18/02
performer
Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Liv Tyler, Elijah Wood, Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Billy Boyd, Brad Dourif, Christopher Lee, Miranda Otto, Dominic Monaghan, John Rhys-Davies, Andy Serkis, Bruce Spence, Karl Urban, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham
director
Peter Jackson
distributor
New Line Cinema
author
Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Stephen Sinclair, Frances Walsh
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Action Adventure

Before playing Eowyn in December’s Two Towers — the second Lord of the Rings film — Miranda Otto (What Lies Beneath) took a crash course in J.R.R. Tolkien. ”I cut out every line of dialogue Eowyn spoke and looked at everything that was said about her,” says the Aussie native, 34, whose human character falls for Viggo Mortensen’s Aragorn. How do humans compare with hobbits? ”They’re perhaps more tempted and flawed than other races.” Besides the trilogy, Otto studied dialects, horse riding, and swordplay. ”It was like Swiss finishing school,” she says. ”The sword fighting was great fun, but I realized if I lost concentration I could lose an eye.”

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