Sir Lenny Henry has reflected on his role in The Lord of the Rings’ upcoming series The Rings Of Power, saying: “I’m always aiming for things like this.”
He is a 64-year-old comedian and actor, best known for his comedic, bubbly roles, playing Sadoc Burrows in a new series inspired by author JRR Tolkien’s extended notes.
Reflecting on his transition from solo comedian to seasoned actor, Sir Lenny told PA news agency: “I’ve been doing comedy since I was 16, then I did Othello and then Comedy. of flaws at the National Theater… I want to work on great scripts.
“You know, I think when you do Shakespeare, you want to do good things.
“So that’s my goal, to be everything, where I can achieve good with other good people.
“For me, change has happened in the last 10 to 15 years, and I’m always aiming for things like this.”
Speaking at the launch for the highly-anticipated show, which launches on Amazon Prime on September 2, Sir Lenny shared his love for forming ‘small families’ with each project he takes on. participation.
“I think the change from being a solo comedian to being an actor with many groups of people and constantly forming these small families, made me realize that I want to be connected with other people, with other actors,” he said.
The series, which shows the almost unrecognizable Sir Lenny as Harfoot – the forerunner of the Hobbit – is set thousands of years before the events of the world-famous book The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings and follows the events of the Second Age and the forging of the famous rings.
Sir Lenny added: “It’s a big show, so if you don’t want to enjoy it you can go home, so I really enjoyed it.”
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Sir Lenny’s co-star and series standout Morfydd Clark, who debuted as Galadriel, shared how she was inspired by Cate Blanchett’s portrayal of power queen in Peter Jackson’s film.
“I just used that performance by one of the greatest actresses in the world, as a guide that’s where (Galadriel) is going,” the 33-year-old told PA.
She added: “And that’s pretty comforting and exciting, because she has thousands of years to go before she gets there… and gets a very special ring, and so everything will be going. change.
“So it’s great to know that in the end, she’ll be fine.”
Robert Aramayo, who plays Elrond in The Rings Of Power, revealed he initially found the prospect of starring in the series “scary”, before taking on his role.
“Elrond is a scary character, and Tolkien is a scary universe, and so it’s scary,” he said.
“I guess that’s always the first step, like, let’s get started.”
While admitting he feels pressured because of the extent of the The Lord Of The Rings fandom already in existence, Aramayo, 29, added: “What’s important, what’s important is work and that’s what you focus on. enter.”
The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power begins on Amazon Prime on September 2, with new episodes available weekly.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/i-was-always-aiming-at-something-like-this-sir-lenny-henry-on-lotr-series-joy-41948449.html I always aim for something like this: Sir Lenny Henry on fun in the LOTR series