‘Lord of the Rings’ Actor Bernard Hill Regards ‘Rings of Power’ As ‘Money-Making Venture’: ‘Not Interested in Watching It’

Bernard Hill, who has had the world falling in love with his role in “Lord of the Rings” as King Théoden, shared his unfavorable views on Amazon’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” via an interview in Metro. Airing its eight-episode first season on Amazon Prime Video this fall, the movie has received mixed reactions from viewers. But for Hill, he snapped back, “No, not interested.” when asked if he watched the show.
“It’s a money-making venture and I’m not interested in watching that or being in it,” Hill added: “Good luck to them and all that stuff but it’s not like the real thing.”
The actor said, "Completely, yes," when asked if the "Lord of the Rings" series should have come to a close after Peter Jackson finished his original trilogy with "The Return of the King."
“I think they were pushing it when they made ‘The Hobbit.’ ‘The Hobbit’s’ a tiny book,” Hill said. “They did it well – they did it really, really well. They expanded it [but] I think you can only stretch a piece of elastic so far. I think they managed it in ‘The Hobbit’ because there were some really good things in ‘The Hobbit’ without a doubt.”

Bernard HillSource: New Line/courtesy Everett Collection

Hill will never know what is in "The Rings of Power" since he will not watch it. The showrunners have devised a five-season plan for "The Rings of Power," which is the most costly television show ever produced, with a first-season budget of more than $400 million. If all five seasons of the show are produced, Amazon will have spent more than $1 billion.
The reviews for "The Rings of Power" were overwhelmingly positive, with Variety praising the show as "sweeping" and "gutsy." Elijah Wood, Billy Boyd, Sean Astin, and Dominic Monaghan, who played the four main hobbits in Jackson's original trilogy, may or may not have seen "Rings of Power," but they did support the show against racist online trolls who were angry at the inclusive casting in "Rings of Power." The four actors posed for photographs wearing shirts that depicted the ears of Middle-earth creatures in varied skin tones amid accusations of racism. Wood posted on Twitter, "You are all welcome.
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