While the “Rings of Power” prosthetics team is still making “oversized hairy legs,” the big difference is in the movement and the technology that created them. After all, this is one of Wilson’s areas of expertise: “I started making hobbit legs in 1999, and I’m still doing it.”
Wilson and the rest of the team at Weta made 1,800 hobbit legs for the four main Hobbit actors in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, and Martin Freeman estimated that he walked three or four pairs of legs a day while making the movie “The Hobbit”. After two decades and thousands of feet, “technology has gotten better.” The latest iterations of the furry feet we see in “The Rings of Power” make the actors more comfortable to work with and look more realistic:
“We did that by thickening the sole and different ways, and we made the toes movable as they wore them to create more animation from the foot and make it look little like a giant clown shoe they’re wearing. But in reality, they’re pretty much the same – they’re big, have furry, mud-covered feet.”
Neither of them seem particularly comfortable, but the idea of making them more realistic and less “like a giant clown shoe” seems like it would make life easier for barefoot actors who don’t wear them. much more.
“The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” is currently streaming on Prime Video, with new episodes releasing every Friday.
https://www.slashfilm.com/1012860/the-difference-between-hobbit-feet-and-harfoot-feet-in-the-lord-of-the-rings-the-rings-of-power-exclusive/ Rings of strength [Exclusive]