BILLY BOYD: Yeah. I mean, because it meant that he wasnt in it. The trilogy it meant that he wouldnt be in the trilogy. You can see both sides, you know. It does look like youre finishing the second movie at the start of the third, and what Pete wanted was the third one to start. So you can see both sides. But as an actor, you can see yeah, I wanted my character to finish it. You can see both sides.
Did you record commentaries for the extended DVD?
DAVID WENHAM: Yes, we did record commentaries. I must say I found that a rather weird experience. There was a great deal of time passed between when we actually shot the original footage and when we went back to talk about it. And I have a shocking memory. I have a terrific short term memory but my long terms very bad. I also did mine by myself. It would have been probably easier if Id had somebody else there to bounce off of and to sort of say, Do you remember when ? I didnt have that so my commentary, if they just ran that, there would be a lot of air because theres a lot of parts I dont remember.
Were you just sitting in a chair with headphones on, watching TV?
DAVID WENHAM: Thats exactly what it is. Its a very cold [thing]. I think theyre different for different people. For me, it was absolutely extremely difficult. I had to go back into the dark recesses of my mind and you know, I dont want to go there (laughing).
Have you watched all the extras on all the DVDs?
DAVID WENHAM: No, I havent sat down and watched all three.
BILLY BOYD: Do you know that Ive never seen any of them in the cinema, besides what Ive seen at a premiere? Ive never seen them with just an audience.
DAVID WENHAM: I did. There was a press day or something coming up that I needed to freshen up on. It was like one of the last days of The Two Towers and I thought I better go and have a look at it. And it was great I loved it.
BILLY BOYD: I wish I would have done it. Elijah [Wood] and Dom [Monaghan] and them did it, and they said it was great.
Can you watch yourself onscreen?
DAVID WENHAM: Yeah, I dont have any problem with that at all. I can be extremely objective.
What was the Oscar night like?
BILLY BOYD: It was a riot. The coolest thing was, a lot of these guys a lot of the New Zealanders probably havent even left New Zealand before. And there they are hanging in Hollywood, and up on the stage getting an Oscar. It was just the weirdest thing because you know them. These shows can sometimes be a bit boring, you know? [The winners] go up and thank a lot of people youve never heard of. But because Lord of the Rings won so many and there were people that we knew, and they were thanking people that we knew, it made it a really exciting night. Youre like, Ohhh, thats great! He got mentioned. It was cool. Plus I got to sit real close to Prince.
Was that like a wish fulfilled?
BILLY BOYD: Pretty much, yeah (laughing). I love listening to his music.
Did you introduce yourself to him?
BILLY BOYD: No, I didnt. I wish I had. Im always scared that Im going to be disappointed. Ive heard too many sort of horror stories of people meeting their idol and [being disappointed].
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