Behind the scenes of ''The Two Towers'' -- an excerpt from Entertainment Weekly's Nov. 15, 2002, cover story
Liv Tyler, Elijah Wood
Credit: Wood & Tyler Phootgraph by Guzman

Peter Jackson, producer-screenwriter-director-special-effects guy, has been working full-time on some aspect of ”Lord of the Rings” trilogy for four years now. And he is sick of it. ”I need to get it out of my head,” he says. ”I dream about it every single night…. I’m lying in bed and all I want to do is sleep and I have the crew standing around the bed wanting some direction as to what to do next. And I realize with horror I don’t even know what film I’m making.”

Hey, let us help, Peter! ”The Two Towers,” the follow-up to last year’s ”Fellowship of the Ring,” which grossed over $860 million worldwide and earned 13 Oscar nominations and four statuettes, is your chance to prove that ”Fellowship”’s success was no fluke! It’s the middle novel of J.R.R. Tolkien’s trilogy, the one without any real beginning or end! It’s the movie in which you have not one, but two key computer-generated (CG) characters, Gollum and Treebeard, whose realism (or lack thereof) could lead to a revolution in digital filmmaking or take audiences to the Binks of despair! Plus you have even more new characters to juggle, all with funny names (Éowyn, Théoden, Éomer, Faramir, and Stinky Joe! Okay, not Stinky Joe, alas). There, feel better?

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
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