The Lord of The Rings director Peter Jackson shared a touching letter to Ian Holm on his official Facebook page, after hearing his devastating death.
Sir Ian Holm passed away after fighting for years with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 88. The late actor was known for his role as Bilbo Baggins in the Lord of The Rings trilogy.
Peter Jackson penned down a touching letter and a beautiful tribute to Holm by sharing unseen photos of behind the scene. In his letter, Jackson showed his sadness after his sorrowful death and told some memories that he experienced with Holm.
Here’s his letter:
“I’m feeling very sad at the passing of Sir Ian Holm. Ian was such a delightful, generous man. Quiet, but cheeky, with a lovely twinkle in his eye.
Back in early 2000, before we started shooting our Bilbo scenes for The Fellowship of the Ring, I was nervous about working with such an esteemed actor, but he immediately put me at ease. Standing in Bag End on the first day, before cameras started rolling, he took me to one side and said that he would be trying different things in every take, but I shouldn’t be alarmed. If, after five or six takes, he hadn’t given me what I needed, then by all means I should give him a specific direction.”
“And that’s exactly what we did. But incredibly his varied line reads and performances were all quite wonderful. He rarely needed direction. He gave us an amazing range of choices to select from in the cutting room.
We settled into a very enjoyable four weeks, as we shot the first 30 minutes of Fellowship.
One day we had Bilbo delivering an account of his early adventures to an audience of spellbound three and four-year-olds, who are sitting cross-legged at his feet in the party field. We started by filming Ian’s performance telling the story – but we also needed angles on the children reacting to various dramatic moments. But young kids get bored very quickly, and Ian and I quickly realized that they couldn’t hear the same story over and over again, as we captured the various angles we needed.
I suggested that to keep the kids’ attention, he should make the story a little different in each take … adding extras bits, making stuff up … so long as he gave us the essence of what was in the script. I told him not to worry and that I’d figure it out in the cutting room.”
You can read the continuation of the letter of them via his Facebook page below.
Also, knowing for his role as Frodo in the trilogy, Elijah Wood took to Twitter to react to this wonderful tribute. He wrote:
“What a beautiful tribute and lovely memories shared, from Peter about Ian Holm.”
Check out his Twitter post below.
What a beautiful tribute and lovely memories shared, from Peter about Ian Holm. https://t.co/vQuQCj2Sbs
— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) June 20, 2020