While talking recently to CINESCAPE's own Eric Moro, LORD OF THE RINGS director Peter Jackson teased the dark journey fans of the film trilogy Frodo will be going on in the next two installments, and why he might not even be the hero of the trilogy by the end.
"What basically happens is [the films] become darker and they emotionally go places, which is very interesting," Jackson said. "As Frodo's journey with the Ring continues, the Ring starts to affect him more. There's an interesting dynamic that is going to happen in these films where in the first movie, Frodo is the audience. He's the Everyman character. In the second film, THE TWO TOWERS, the Ring starts to act on him in a much stronger way. By the third film, Frodo has such a burden to carry and is starting to behave in such a strange way that I think the empathy of the audience will switch to Sam, who is accompanying Frodo on this journey. Frodo becomes so troubled by this Ring that we are now going to be looking at this story through Sam's eyes by the time THE RETURN OF THE KING comes out, because we can no longer really go there with Frodo because he has his own tortuous journey that he takes on. It will be very interesting to see the three films together because there's going to be this switch as each film becomes more intense."
Granted, for those of you who've read the books this might not be much of a shock, but for those who haven't read them, it's a sweet glimpse.
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