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Peter Jackson [13]


Born:October 31, 1961 (59)
Filmography Rating:7.60 / 10
IMDB Rating:8.25 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.32 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:82.83%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring [2001](40) => Director / Writer / Albert Dreary
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Extended Edition [2002](41) => Director / Writer / Albert Dreary
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers [2002](41) => Director / Writer / Rohirrim Warrior
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: Extended Edition [2003](42) => Director / Writer / Rohirrim Warrior
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King [2003](42) => Director / Writer / Mercenary On Boat
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: Extended Edition [2004](43) => Director / Writer / Mercenary On Boat
King Kong [2005](44) => Director / Writer
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [2012](51) => Director / Writer
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Extended Edition [2013](52) => Director / Writer
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug [2013](52) => Director / Writer / Albert Dreary (uncredited)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Extended Edition [2014](53) => Director / Writer / Albert Dreary (uncredited)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies [2014](53) => Director / Writer
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: Extended Edition [2015](54) => Director / Writer

Trivia that mentions this person:
Contact [1997]
  • Peter Jackson did some visual effects for this film, repaying the favor to Robert Zemeckis, who executive-produced his film The Frighteners.
    King Kong [2005]
  • Howard Shore had written and recorded much of the score for this film, but shortly before release, he departed from the project. Peter Jackson stated that because of "differing creative aspirations" between the two of them, they both thought it best for Shore to be replaced by James Newton Howard, who was given less than two months to write and record a new score for the entire film.
  • Peter Jackson was paid $20 million to direct this film, the highest salary ever paid to a film director in advance of production.
  • The insects attacking Jack Driscoll at the canyon bottom are gigantic versions of the Weta, a species native to New Zealand and the namesake of Peter Jackson's production studio.
    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring [2001]
  • Gandalf's painful encounter with a ceiling beam in Bilbo's hobbit-hole was not in the script - Ian McKellen banged his forehead against the beam accidentally, not on purpose. But Peter Jackson thought McKellen did a great job "acting through" the mistake, and so kept it in.
    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Extended Edition [2002]
  • Peter Jackson had the entire Bag End set in storage, hopefully for future use.
  • Gandalf's painful encounter with a ceiling beam in Bilbo's hobbit-hole was not in the script - Ian McKellen banged his forehead against the beam accidentally, not on purpose. But Peter Jackson thought McKellen did a great job "acting through" the mistake, and so kept it in.
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King [2003]
  • While filming Saruman's death scene (now on the extended DVD), Peter Jackson tried to tell Christopher Lee how to react and breathe after he was stabbed in the back. Lee, a WWII veteran with British special forces, assured the director that he knew what a man sounded like when stabbed in the back.
  • Andy Serkis's last day of filming was only a few weeks before the theatrical release. On the carpet of the floor of Peter Jackson's house, they filmed the facial reaction of Smeagol/Gollum when he realizes Frodo intends to destroy the ring. The resulting video was e-mailed to Weta Digital so the animators could replicate the shot with the CGI character.
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: Extended Edition [2004]
  • Peter Jackson is arachnophobic and based the Shelob design on the types of spiders he feared the most.
  • The final reel of the film to be completed was done only five days before the world premiere in Wellington, New Zealand. It was actually still wet from the developing process because there was no time to dry it. The premiere was the first time that Peter Jackson had seen the completed film.
  • While filming the trilogy, Viggo Mortensen got so into character that during a conversation, Peter Jackson referred to him as "Aragorn" for over half an hour without Mortensen's realizing it.
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers [2002]
  • New Line wanted Peter Jackson to start the film with a prologue done by Cate Blanchett, something that Jackson didn't want to do. Ironically, a year earlier New Line had been opposed to opening The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring with a prologue narrated by Blanchett, something Jackson was in favor of.
  • The Gollum that is briefly glimpsed in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is an entirely different creation than the one that appears in this film. It was during the filming of the second movie that Peter Jackson realized that Andy Serkis' physical performance would have to be employed in the digital creation of Gollum. So Weta Digital had to alter the design of one of the lead characters in the film, scanning Serkis' face so that they would be able to incorporate some of his facial characteristics (the fact that Jackson had also filmed a flashback to be included in The Return of the King with Serkis playing the original Smeagal only cemented this decision). This ultimately meant, however, that Weta Digital had only 2-1/2 months to redo two years' work. Serkis himself thought that the final result looked like a combination of his father and his newborn baby.
    Freddy vs. Jason [2003]
  • Peter Jackson was asked to direct.
    Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare [1991]
  • Peter Jackson's original screenplay for Freddy's Dead saw Freddy aging and growing weak within the dream world. The teens of Springwood would have drug-fuelled slumber parties for kicks, and enter the dream world to beat him up.
  • Peter Jackson was originally hired to write the screenplay for this film. He wrote a draft, but it wasn't used.
    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [2012]
  • The sequence between Bilbo and Gollum was filmed in complete takes, with the actors performing the entire scene from beginning to end like a stage play over the course of two weeks. It was at the beginning of production, and Peter Jackson wanted to help Martin Freeman settle into the role of Bilbo.
  • Aidan Turner, who plays Kili, was cast by Peter Jackson after seeing him on the BBC series [Being Human]. Turner quit the series in order to be in "The Hobbit."
  • Peter Jackson claims that when he called Christopher Lee to invite him to the premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Lee responded, intimidatingly, "Am I still in the movie?" Lee had originally been slated to appear in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the final installment of [The Lord of the Rings## trilogy, but his scenes were cut from the theatrical release which caused the actor and director to have a brief falling out.
  • Daniel Radcliffe, Shia LaBeouf, James McAvoy, [?] Erryn Arkin and Tobey Maguire were considered for the role of Bilbo Baggins. However, Peter Jackson has said that his first choice was always Martin Freeman. Freeman was initially unable to accept the role, due to scheduling conflicts with [Sherlock], but Jackson reworked the entire shooting schedule for the Hobbit films to accommodate him.
    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug [2013]
  • Originally Doug Jones was meant to play King Thranduil, but Peter Jackson cast Lee Pace, of whom he was a big admirer since watching Pace's film The Fall.
  • Stephen Colbert cameo: as the eyepatch-wearing Lakewood Spy who knocks on the door with the walking stick. Colbert, a longtime Tolkien fan and expert, had brought his wife and two of his sons to the shoot. When his scene was completed, Peter Jackson personally presented Colbert with a replica of the sword Sting.
    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies [2014]
  • Lee Pace's parents visited him on set and subsequently Peter Jackson offered them to be extras in the film. They were given roles as Laketown villagers and filmed a scene with Ian McKellen. However, according to Pace, they were cut out of the film, because his father was "hamming it up" during his scene.
    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: Extended Edition [2015]
  • Lee Pace's parents visited him on set and subsequently Peter Jackson offered them to be extras in the film. They were given roles as Laketown villagers and filmed a scene with Ian McKellen. However, according to Pace, they were cut out of the film, because his father was "hamming it up" during his scene.
  • This film has the shortest running time of any Middle-earth movie directed by Peter Jackson, running at 2 hours and 24 minutes. (2 hours and 44 minutes in the extended edition)
    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Extended Edition [2013]
  • The sequence between Bilbo and Gollum was filmed in complete takes, with the actors performing the entire scene from beginning to end like a stage play over the course of two weeks. It was at the beginning of production, and Peter Jackson wanted to help Martin Freeman settle into the role of Bilbo.
  • Peter Jackson claims that when he called Christopher Lee to invite him to the premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Lee responded, intimidatingly, "Am I still in the movie?" Lee had originally been slated to appear in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the final installment of [The Lord of the Rings## trilogy, but his scenes were cut from the theatrical release which caused the actor and director to have a brief falling out.
  • Aidan Turner, who plays Kili, was cast by Peter Jackson after seeing him on the BBC series [Being Human]. Turner quit the series in order to be in "The Hobbit."
  • Daniel Radcliffe, Shia LaBeouf, James McAvoy, [?] Erryn Arkin and Tobey Maguire were considered for the role of Bilbo Baggins. However, Peter Jackson has said that his first choice was always Martin Freeman. Freeman was initially unable to accept the role, due to scheduling conflicts with [Sherlock], but Jackson reworked the entire shooting schedule for the Hobbit films to accommodate him.
    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Extended Edition [2014]
  • Stephen Colbert cameo: as the eyepatch-wearing Lakewood Spy who knocks on the door with the walking stick. Colbert, a longtime Tolkien fan and expert, had brought his wife and two of his sons to the shoot. When his scene was completed, Peter Jackson personally presented Colbert with a replica of the sword Sting.
  • Originally Doug Jones was meant to play King Thranduil, but Peter Jackson cast Lee Pace, of whom he was a big admirer since watching Pace's film The Fall.
  • The theatrical cut of this movie is the only Peter Jackson-adapted J.R.R. Tolkien film that does not include a "Wilhelm Scream", something that has become a trademark for him. This extended edition includes two scenes in which the "Wilhelm Scream" is used.
    Kong: Skull Island [2017]
  • At 104 feet (31.6992 meters), this incarnation of Kong is the biggest out of all the American versions. Peter Jackson's Kong was only 25 feet (7.6 meters) tall by comparison. The reason Kong is bigger than usual is because Jordan Vogt-Roberts said he wanted Kong to feel like a god in front of his audience. The tallest incarnation of Kong overall is the one featured in King Kong vs. Godzilla, which stood approximately 147 feet (45 meters) tall. However, it is stated in this film that Kong isn't yet fully grown, so this could mean he may be taller in future releases.
  • Peter Jackson recommended Guillermo del Toro direct the film during development. Joe Cornish was offered the chance to direct, but declined.
    War for the Planet of the Apes [2017]
  • Ape actors Andy Serkis (Caesar), Toby Kebbell (Koba) and Terry Notary (Rocket) have also all played King Kong, with Serkis in Peter Jackson's King Kong and Notary and Kebbell in Kong: Skull Island.
    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them [2016]
  • Samantha Morton marks another connection between the Harry Potter world and Middle-Earth. J.K. Rowling worked in references such as Bathilda Bagshot (named for Bagshot Row, a street in Hobbiton) and Neville Longbottom (Longbottom Leaf is a type of pipe weed). Morton is the daughter-in-law of Ian Holm, who not only played Bilbo in Peter Jackson's films but also voiced Frodo in the BBC Radio drama, in which Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour) voiced Sam, and Robert Stephens (former husband of Dame Maggie Smith (Minerva McGonagall)) voiced Aragorn. Also, Sir John Hurt, who played Garrick Ollivander in the [Harry Potter] movies, voiced Aragorn in the 1978 film The Lord of the Rings.
    Ready Player One [2018]
  • Christopher Nolan, Robert Zemeckis, Matthew Vaughn, Peter Jackson and Edgar Wright were all considered to direct this film.
    Godzilla vs. Kong [2021]
  • Dr. Nathan Lind is introduced while he is working in the basement of the Denham University of Theoretical Science, as he's an academic outsider due to his seemingly crackpot Hollow Earth theories. The fictional university is likely named after Carl Denham, the character from the original King Kong (and Peter Jackson's King Kong (2005)) who first mounts the expedition to Skull Island because he wants to film a motion picture there.