Théoden actor, Bernard Hill, shares his unfavorable views on Amazon Prime’s The Rings of Power, declaring the series to be a money-making venture
King Théoden actor, Bernard Hill, shares his unfavorable views on Amazon Prime’s The Rings of Power, declaring the series to be a money-making venture. Based on stories and characters from appendices in the Tolkien estate, The Rings of Power was met earlier this year with mixed reactions from viewers. Despite being the most expensive series of all time, some believe the series was a hollow money-making attempt at continuing a franchise based purely on name recognition.
Via an interview in Metro, Hill reveals his negative impressions of the spin-off series, allegedly uninterested by its financially focussed inception. Hill’s portrayal of Théoden is perhaps his most iconic role and is cherished by audiences, the actor himself reminiscing on the wonderful memories he has from his time filming Lord of the Rings. This affection for his time working on the original trilogy is backed up by the actor’s feelings that on-screen adaptations of Tolkien’s work would perhaps have been better off left alone following the films. Check out his response to if he had watched Rings of Power:
No, not interested. It’s a money-making venture, and I’m not interested in watching that or being in it. Good luck to them and all that stuff, but it’s not like the real thing.
What Other LOTR Stars Think Of Rings Of Power
Hill’s assessment of The Rings of Power is somewhat damning but is an opinion that he shares with some of the audience and critics. Hill is one of the few stars from the original trilogy to be so critical of the series. In fact, most of the cast who made up the heroic ensemble of The Fellowship of the Ring, including Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, and Ian McKellan, had already issued their best wishes for the cast and crew in shaping a new image of Middle Earth on-screen. These stars equally came out in defense of the new cast concerning the racist backlash they faced online in the build-up to the release of Rings of Power.
More distinctly praising of the content of the series itself, was Andy Serkis, the original trilogy’s Gollum, who stated that he really enjoyed the new narrative. Serkis is well versed in Tolkien’s work having narrated The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings audiobook, with The Silmarillion coming in the future, and acting as second unit director on The Hobbit movies. Given how immersed he has been with the franchise, his appreciation of seeing some tales from the Second Age comes as no surprise.
Some original trilogy stars have come and said that Rings of Power should be regarded as a different entity to Lord of the Rings. Billy Boyd, John Noble, and Wood all expressed that a new adaptation should avoid blurring or retconning Jackson’s vision of the original trilogy, and do justice to an entirely different age. Ultimately, Hill’s brutal honesty may seem slightly polarizing initially, but does echo some audience opinions following the finale of The Rings of Power season 1, that finance is the overarching motivation behind the series.
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